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Nephew, Theatricals & Funk

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Not so many pictures yet - we're mostly walking, talking & laughing with Ben. It's 2 years since he's had the benefit of his aunt's recommendations & advise as to how to manage his life - so I have lots of ground to cover in 4 days! Fortunately Philip is here to provide a buffer for Ben. A job he does well. Yesterday they were walking down the street discussing movies - they were a block ahead of me before they noticed I wasn't with them.

Friday Ben took me to see "Taming of the Shrew" done Rocky-a-billy style - definitely a novelty! Later we went to a bar where the production staff hangs out. It was fun to see the actors come walking in and the energy of the room fantastic. This morning Philip and I got up early and went walking - found a co-op with great coffee and then walked some more. Ben met us about 12:00 and gave us an impromptu tour backstage. We learned more and more about what goes on behind the scenes and the work he does. We watched "Two Trains" and then talked about it to each other and everyone in range for the rest of the evening. We met up with a couple of Ben's friends for Mexican food before calling it a night. Tomorrow we watching a Change Over with Ben's boss and then I'm going to watch "King Lear."

Ben is showing us a series of pullys, some with weights others mechanical that are used to lift not only scenery but props - for instance during My Fair Lady 16 hats are lowered from the ceiling via the pullys and they needs to land on the actor's heads at the right time.

We're in one of the Elizabethan prop rooms

Ben and Philip in the Elizabethan Stage looking out on the outdoor seating - holds 900.

Ben and Me

Posted by ChinaBecky 21:39 Archived in USA

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