Fifteen years ago, the nation was in the middle of a pandemic and
It was my first major role and I was psyched. It didn’t matter to me that I was playing this older guy. Every actor wants a shot at Willie Loman and this was my shot! We had a weekend of shows under our belts and had fine tuned it to where we were In The Zone. We were supposed to do two more weekends but then the word came out about closing meeting areas and bars and theaters and pretty much everything because of The Virus. The word came down from on high that Friday was to be Closing Night. We were sad and disappointed. But we understood and accepted it. That’s when IT happened [...] we were going to go out in a blaze of glory. Then this guy John Spenser showed up with his huge automatic rifle and all hell broke loose. He was pissed that we decided to have a final show; said we were “selfish elitists” or something like that. Ran up on stage, waving his rifle around and pointing at the audience...screaming at everyone. I don’t think he really wanted to hurt anybody. Just scare them out of the theater. Well, it worked. Everyone panicked and made a mad rush for the exits. As you can see, it’s not a very big theater but we had a packed audience that night. People were in a weird mixed mood of celebration and sadness.
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