Wednesday, September 01, 2010


“Now the Irish, being a brave people and semi-amphibious...” – Clara Morris, Life on the Stage.

My friend Sam gave me a copy of Ms. Morris’ autobiography, coyright 1901. Googled her right away of course and learned she was an American leading lady of the 1860s and 70s and a precursor to the naturalism of Duse and the Method. This article has more information than the Wiki entry and is just plain fascinating, imho.

I had two auditions this evening, both for fey, campy, fruity, minty -- what can I say? -- gay roles. The characters' names were the tip-offs: Cedric and Clifton. What makes these names gay?

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