You Gotta Be A Good Guy…

In Preacher, written by Garth Ennis,  John Custer gives his son, Jesse, the words he will live by for the rest of his life. Before being murdered in front of his son, John hugs Jesse, tells him that he loves him, and gives him some advice:

“You gotta be a good guy, Jesse. You gotta be like John Wayne: you don’t take no shit off fools, an’ you judge people by what’s in ’em, not how they look. An’ you do the right thing. You gotta be one of the good guys, son, ’cause there’s way too many of the bad.”

I’ve had this post saved as a draft for a long time, because I’m not sure how to finish it. So I decided “the heck with it”, and I’m just posting it. I like this quote. I like the scene, and the imagery. I like the way the quote has stuck with me for a long, long time. 

I hope anyone reading it likes it too!

Pic Post Friday!

I had a wonderful quick getaway with my amazing wife Jeanne earlier this week.   We stole a couple days from the schedule and visited Saugatuck, Michigan.  We stayed in the fabulous Hidden Gardens bed-and-breakfast, where I now want to live year-round.

We spent a lot of time on Lake Michigan, at Oval Beach. Just beautiful.   Here’s the only pic I took at the beach!


To get to the beach, you have to take a short walk from downtown Saugatuck, across the Kalamazoo River.  This chain ferry is the way to cross and, according to the operator, it’s one of only a handful still in operation across the country!

Here is the guy cranking us across the river. Yes, when offered the chance, I did some cranking! Life is short, try stuff, celebrate everything!  😁


Jeanne and I had a great time, it was a wonderful relaxing couple of days. Downtown Saugatuck is adorable with lots of parks and little shops and great food. (If you go, don’t miss The Southerner, or Phil’s!)

This flower shop has the best name ever.

We also enjoyed some relaxing and great wine at a cool place called Borrowed Time…

 

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With life being crazy, and politics driving everyone nuts, and work being always busy, and Jeanne and the kids going back to school in a week…. a little breathing room with the most important person in my world was just perfect.

I hope you’re all able to carve out some hammock time, whatever your version is, before long.  These are the moments all the hard stuff should lead to. Don’t forget to take them.

A nice thought on life…..

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

― Adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley

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Taking a breath

Sometimes the best thing, the most productive thing, is a little down time.  

Just being outside, breathing. Being with family. Do some reading. “Refill the well”, as Julia Cameron would say. 





Some Kazan, some beverages, a tiny fish and a couple more days of this to come.  Thanks, Universe. 

Next Season: Number 12!

I am thrilled that we get to share these wonderful stories with our audience next season!

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And there you have it!  Williamston Theatre, productions 67 through 72!  Some terrific plays, with an incredible lineup of directors, actors, stage managers and designers to bring them all to life.

 

 

For fun, a program letter

Just for fun, and because I’m asked about the process of  “Season Selection” often, here’s the program letter I wrote for our current production of Murder For Two (which, by the way, is selling like HOTCAKES! – if you think of hotcakes as something that sell a lot, quickly.)

In the inside cover of the playbill for each show, one of us writes a “letter” to the patrons, just a “Thanks for being here” or an update on the season, or an “state of the union” about the theatre itself, that kind of thing.  This time I just had fun with the topic of Season Selection.  Here it is!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Williamston Theatre, and our production of Murder For Two.  I am SO pleased that you’re here for this wonderful show! 

I’m often stopped by members of our delightful audiences, people we consider to be part of the WT family, who want to share their thoughts on the plays we choose.  I have to say, I love those conversations.  Some folks enjoy everything, some folks will say “This was the best one! I sure needed that laugh, do more of these!” and then in the next minute I’ll have a patron say “This was fun but, boy, 1984 was better –those hard-hitting dramas that make us think are my favorite!” 

Getting so much interaction and response from people is one of my favorite parts of this job.  If the audience didn’t come, wasn’t invested, there’d be no reason for us to keep going – it’s the connection between audience and artist, between storyteller and participating receiver, that makes the theatre vital and alive.  This isn’t a video on a screen – it’s a live connection, and that’s so important!  

There’s another reason I love talking with our patrons though – and that’s the VARIETY of comments I get.  The diversity of likes and passions that all of you share with us is inspiring.  That’s why we work to keep a variety in our selection of plays for each season.   Put on a hard-hitting literary adaptation of a dystopian future? Sure.  Then follow that with a gentle, thoughtful story about a professor and a student each at a crossroad in life?  Yep.  End with an incredibly fun, funny, energetic musical that will make people laugh and shake their heads in amazement as one woman bounces back and forth between a dozen characters?  You better believe that’s the kind of season I like!  Why? Because LIFE is like that.  It changes.  It’s never all the same thing.  There’s always something new happening, some new challenge, some new lesson, and some new way for us to deal with it all. 

A good theatre season… it’s like a good meal – not every course is the same.  You get your main course, vegetables, soups, and your desserts.  Each has their own flavor, and it’s the combination of the flavors that make it work.  An evening of just main courses?  Too heavy.  An evening of just desserts?  You’re done after two (well… let’s be honest…. maybe three!) 

So – here we are, at the end of Season Eleven.  We’ve officially arrived at Dessert.  I truly hope you enjoy this fun, funny, toe-tapping piece.  I hope you leave here laughing, in a wonderful mood, and ready to face the world with a smile. 

Lastly – I hope you join us for next season!  We’re cookin’ up a 6-course meal that’ll knock your socks off. 

Thanks for being a part of the family.

-Tony

PS – If you see one of us in the lobby – don’t forget to tell us what you think!  

Sometimes….

Sometimes, electronics fritz out. 

Sometimes, the electronics that fritz out are the things that make your life easier like, oh, a thermostat. 

Sometimes a thermostat for your furnace, that is not connected in any way to your air-conditioner, completely freaks out and decides that, since it’s numbers go up to 88, it should try to heat up your house to 88 degrees. 

Sometimes your central air unit, responsible for the air-conditioning of your home, has a thermostat that works juuuuuuust fine. 

So, sometimes the air-conditioner feels like it’s too warm in the house, and it begins working to cool down the house to a nice, livable 75 degrees. 

Also, there’s a natural weather thing that happens where, sometimes, it’s 85 degrees outside with a humidity reading of approximately 71,000%. 

Aaaaaaaaand sometimes you come home to discover that ALL DAY LONG your air-conditioner and furnace have been battling for total domestic domination. The baseboards are scorching hot, the floor vents are ice cold. The temperatures in the house vary so much that the sweat you work up walking through the family room turns to frost crystals on your face by the time you’re through the kitchen. 

Predicted utilities bills for the month of July: 71,000% of normal.  There’s a fruit basket on the kitchen table. DTE Energy sent it as a thank you. 

Sometimes…..  

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…..sometimes, technology wins.