THE RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY
1 – JULY 2, 2000
BELOW IS AN UPDATED/REVISED COPY OF THE E-MAIL I INITIALLY POSTED TO TED’S E-MAIL LIST
Well, it took a little time to post this, but, finally, I found a few minutes to tell everyone what a wonderful two two days Denise (firstname.lastname@example.org), Susan (email@example.com), Jan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jenn, her Mom Judy (email@example.com), and I (firstname.lastname@example.org) spent with Ted and his family at Murder In The First on Saturday and Sunday. Debbie (email@example.com) also joined us for dinner, but unfortunately was not feeling well, so did not come to the show). If I miss anything or get anything incorrect, I'm sure that they will fill in the blanks. This will also be, I'm SURE, QUITE LENGTHY, so skip to whatever you'd like to find out first, if you like. Anyway, here goes:
Dinner at the Pierpont. Left to right, back row: Jenn, Judy, Denise; front row: Jan, Susan, Ted, Me, Debbie, Colleen (Ventura County Star reporter)
....we had dinner with Ted between shows before the evening performance. Ted knew that we were all flying/driving in for this, and had arranged to meet us for dinner at the Pierpont Inn. In actuality, it turned out to be dinner with us AND the cast AND the Rubicon Board, because Ted, in his usual polite fashion, proceeded to invite people as he saw them! One of the folks at dinner, by the way, was a great lady named Wanda Woessner who has seen JCS something like 68 times, and is seeing every performance of Murder - and almost always in the same seat! Say hi if you see her. She's really sweet.
Left to right: Jan, Me, Ted, Denise, Debbie Photo courtesy of Debbie Spykerman.
We checked into our hotel, The Country Inn. For the value, it's a REALLY GOOD place to stay. For $108.75 we got a room with 2 queen-sized beds and a balcony, happy hour and a full buffet breakfast. AND it's only about 2-3 blocks from the theatre.
Ted with his Jiminy frame/watch present
Ted told us the cutest story about his daughter Tessa, and the surprise he had for her party when he got Matthew Perry from "Friends" to come. Tessa has a big crush on Matthew. We talked about the show and his character and what he did to get to the anger he displayed, whether the show would tour (Ted has been in discussion with his production company to tour the next project - which MAY be this show), and many other things. Ted also introduced us to Jennifer Eaton, the Assistant Stage Manager, who played Mary Magdalene in the concert version of JCS at Rubicon last year. He told us about the running joke that he and Jennifer had. It seems that Jennifer was originally slated to do the role of Blanche in "Murder" before Linda Livingston was cast. Jennifer was actually relieved, because she was beginning to get a reputation of always playing the whore in Ted's shows (Blanche is a hooker), which was the running joke. Jennifer was very sweet. Ted also showed us some mocked-up postcards she had given each of the cast members in the show. The postcards had been changed by putting the heads of the actors in the show on the figures in the pictures, and were hilarious. Ted said his postcard was at the house he and his family were staying in. We asked what it looked like, and he told us that Jennifer had given him a postcard of Tarzan and had placed Ted's head on the figure. It sounded priceless.
We talked until about 1:30 in the morning and then Ted got tired (yes, folks, Ted got tired FIRST!) and we all started to pack up. Earlier, we had all come up with the idea of asking Ted to join us for breakfast, and Denise mentioned to me that maybe I could get him there if I mentioned that it was a surprise birthday breakfast for her (her birthday was Monday of last week). As we all stood up, I told Ted that I had been elected to ask him to join us for breakfast tomorrow (Sunday) morning. He said: "What time and where?" I said: "Well, we thought we’d leave that to you, since you know much more about this city than we do." We agreed to meet at our hotel at 11 and decide where to go. Ted actually ended up coming back to the hotel with us, as Jenn and Judy had made pies for him and his family and he wanted to take them home that night, as he didn't trust the cast not to dig into them if he left them in the theatre fridge. He was SO CUTE - he said: "I'm going to be very selfish with these, if you don't mind." In the hotel lobby, the desk clerk recommended a restaurant called "Barefoot Buffet" for breakfast, so we agreed to meet in the lobby and then go there, and if we didn't like it go somewhere else. Then we all went to Jenn's room and she wrapped up the pies, then she and Ted took them to his car. When they came out the door, we were in our room looking out over the balcony, waving at them. It took awhile to settle down and sleep, - 4AM I think, and we put in an 8AM wake-up call (sleep? what's that, right?).