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Friday, June 06, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me, I'm Now 23.

Well, not quite, but age is relative, in the grand cosmic scheme of things, and in my business we can be any age we want, though, frankly, I would not want to be 23 again.

But, it is my birthday today and I will be spending the bulk of it rehearsing, and the rest of the night trying to cram lines into a brain that is already revolting against the onslaught. It's a wonderful classic by one of the major American playwrights of the past century, and although we have cut it to appeal to modern audiences it is still long and there is a ton of dialogue. I happen to be in every scene, so it is quite an undertaking, and an exhausting one at that. This would be one of the only reasons I would want to revisit my 20s, to have the stamina of someone that age.

It seems that everything becomes more challenging as one ages. Lines become more difficult to retain and one's energy decreases, so a full day of rehearsal becomes very taxing. By the end of the day, all you want to do is rest, but you know you need to learn more lines, so you force yourself to try and memorize a few more pages. I sleep with my script by my side, in hopes that I will somehow learn by osmosis. So far, it hasn't helped.

Until we open in mid-June I will keep posting when I can, and visiting my blog buddies when time allows.

Meantime, back to my script, and I will blow out my imaginary candles on my imaginary cake.

Love to you all!

15 comments:

Z said...

Well, as someone around your age, I have to admit RETAINING LINES is NOT my problem!! They're called WRINKLES on ME! (Smile)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Incognito!

Blessings upon blessings......and all the best with THOSE LINES!

z

Pat Jenkins said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRHTDAY DEAR INCOG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!... just think one more year and you can apply for your senior citizens discount card!!! you know i kid.. i hope you have a special birthday weekend!!!

Nikki said...

Happy Birthday! I wouldn't be 23 again either. Good luck with the show and break a leg...hope you get some time to enjoy the day...I say celebrate all month that's what I do...Happy B-day again...:)N

Incognito said...

Thank you dearest Z, Peej and Nikki! I just had a piece of cake and sang myself happy birthday..
:-)
I will keep your good wishes close to my heart throughout the year!

Renegade Eye said...

I imagine you are not doing a Jessica Tandy part.

I saw two weeks ago "The Gin Game." That is a geriatric play if there was one.

happy Birthday

MUD said...

The year I turned 21, I was in Vietnam. Any birthday I celebrate above ground is bonus. I don't have many unfulfilled wishes left on my bucket list so I tend to gloss over holidays (father's Day) and birthdays. I will admit to being glad to hit 60 because one of my retirements kicked in then. (very Big deal) Happy Birthday and break a leg. MUD

Karen said...

Happy Birthday, Incog! Many, many happy returns.

My b'day is the 15th, I'm not far behind.

Incognito said...

REN: I don't think so. :-) dang, forget who played the part, but...Have never seen Gin Game... not sure I would want to have to remember all those lines at that age. too challenging, unless we had a huge amount of rehearsal time. and thanks for the Birthday wishes.. :-)

MUD: Thank you so much! That's wonderful you have no unfulfilled wishes... not sure i have many left, if any either...

KAREN: Thank you m'dear.// So you're a gemini as well.. knew there was a reason we seemed so similar.. :-) Will try my best to remember.

Frasypoo said...

I ahte it that I missed this post and am a few days late !
Happy Birthday my dearest friend,May gOd continue to bless you abundantly and may you continue to be as sweet as you are!!!

Americaneocon said...

To be 23 again!!

WomanHonorThyself said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLY!!!!!

Incognito said...

FRASY: Thanks darlin..will take all the blessings i am wished.

AmericanNeoCon: Oh... i actually don't mis my 20s at all... except for maybe the stamina i had.

WOMAN: Thanks m'dear.

Dee said...

LOL :-), I hope you had a great birthday!! Yeah, I don't think I'd want to be 23 again but as you say it would be nice to have the energy that I had back then.

PaulaBXX said...

Better late than never ........

Happy Birthday from across the pond....Incognito!

PaulaBxxxxxxxxx

Incognito said...

DEE: I did indeed.. rehearsing, but that's okay. Definitely the energy.


PAULABXX: Hey Miss Paula...thank you so much. will wander over to your blog as soon as i get back home. have been so busy this year. hope all is well!!xoxo