The Last Time I Looked: (Stories, Real and Unreal) -

CONNECTIONS - PART TWO (and snacks)
September 4, 2013

There 
There was so much rich material that I came across while I was writing about summer festivals in NYC, and how they took the sting out of a lonely, usually boring season, that it deserved two chapters. I didn’t want to shortchange any of the memories and artists. Well…I should have been a smidgen less generous. Why?

Well, it was still August and I was still hanging with my dog Georgy Girl not watching CBS or Showtime, I mean…mean sadistic Ray Donovan...a bummer no?….so, I stare and fantasize much more than I actually write. I thought maybe a lot of Diet Coke and a few jibbies to munch on whilst sitting cross-legged on my bed with my computer staring at me sporting its new Google Glasses..(oh really!) The snacks seem to have taken precedent over the writing.

O.K. I’ll just have one small shiny Hershey Kiss and off we go to the second New York City Encores Off-Center.
 

 
The show VIOLET, written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, directed by Leigh Silverman, was moving and glorious. Sutton Foster was stunningly brilliant in the title role. It was widely admired when it was first done in 1997, and yet we haven’t seen it since then. Well, this was a ONE NIGHT ONLY event, and I really can’t imagine how they achieved a performance, that was so well acted, sung,staged and musically perfect (including a full gospel choir singing while marching up and down the aisles...robed in red yet!)

It’s a many layered story, with a gorgeous score. To try to synopsize it couldn’t possibly do it justice. How mean of me to lead you on like this…..but my purpose is not to explain, but to heighten your awareness of cultural goodies that can enrich your life and decrease the humidity. (Wow! That’s a real non-sentence.)

Maybe a mini pastry from Zabar's will un-muddle my overloaded brain.
  


RUGELACH
I LIKED IT.  I REALLY LIKED IT.


O.K…… now I’m jazzed to give you the last Encores show…I’M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD….

This is major connection time.
 


It was a great success when it opened at the Public Theater in 1978 and ran until 1981. Written by the talented Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, it was the right story at the right time. A woman acknowledging her “conventional girl’s” early life and finding her talents and desires and making her life work…because “PLAYING WITH A ROCK ‘N ROLL BAND IS A NATURAL HIGH”.

I was lucky enough to play Heather, Gretchen's part, for quite a while in New York at Circle In the Square downtown. Then I played it in Chicago…and you know, I rarely went on the road for any length of time but this character’s release and final joy was like performing your therapy, having fun and getting paid for it.
 


Chicago Cast


Et alors, Il faut que je prend……….quelques chose. 

 

 
My husband Adolph and I were good friends of Charles and Oona Chaplin and their beautiful brood of children.  We visited them in their magical house in Vevey, Switzerland. One of their daughters Victoria seemed to have a special hankering for Adolph when she was a little girl.


Vicki and Adolph Vicki and PN

 

Now in this same muggy period of time, my son and I went to see MURMURS at the Lincoln Center Festival…it’s unique and vraiment interessant.  It’s described as an enchanting journey of imagination in which objects become transformed and gravity defied. It was conceived and directed by……Victoria Thiérrée Chaplin…..oh yes, little Vicky……and when she was asked..”How would you describe your art?” she answered...”I wouldn’t.”

The piece had music but was otherwise silent…no talking, amazing physical feats and deceptions. It was created for Aurelia Thiérrée, Victoria’s daughter,a luminous actress,acrobat,and much more….Charlie’s grand daughter…three generations of personal, original talents. After the show my son put me in a taxi and went back to dine with Aurelia who has become a pal of his.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN….I REST MY CASE.

 

Chaplin Family

 was so much rich material that I came across while I was writing about summer festivals in NYC, and how they took the sting out of a lonely, usually boring season that it deserved two chapters. I didn’t want to shortchange any of the memories and artists.
Well…I should have been a smidgen less generous. Why?
 
Well, it’s still August and I’m still hanging with my dog Georgy Girl not watching CBS or Showtime, I mean…mean sadistic Ray Donovan...a bummer no?….so, I stare and fantasize much more than I actually write.  I thought maybe a lot of diet coke and a few jibbies to munch on whilst sitting cross-legged on my bed with my computer staring at me sporting its new google glasses..(oh really!) The snacks seem to have taken precedent over the writing.
O.K I’ll just have one small shiny Hershey kiss and off we go to the second New York City Encores-off-center.
 
INSERT PHOTO OF CANDY KISS
 
The show VIOLET, written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, directed by Leigh Silverman, was moving and glorious. Sutton   Foster was stunningly brilliant in the title role. It was widely admired when it was first done in 1997, and yet we haven’t seen it since then.  
Well, this was a ONE NIGHT ONLY event, and I really can’t imagine how they achieved a performance, that was acted, sung, staged musically perfect (including a full gospel choir singing while marching up and down the aisles...robed in red yet!)
 
It’s a many layered story, with a gorgeous score. To try to synopsize it couldn’t possibly do it justice.  How mean of me to lead you on like this…..but my purpose is not to explain, but to heighten your awareness of cultural goodies that can enrich your life and decrease
the humidity. (Wow!  That’s a real non-sentence.)
 
Maybe  a mini pastry from Zabars will un muddle my overloaded brain.
 
 
INSERT PHOTO OF RUGELACH.
 
 
I liked that, I really liked that. 
O.K. Now I’m jazzed to give you the last Encores show…I’M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD.
Now this is serious connection time.
 
INSERT COVER OF GMAT PLAYBILL. (img.0001jpg)
 
 
It was a great success when it opened at the public theater in 1978
And ran until 1981. Written by the talented Gretchen Cryer and Nancy
Ford, it was the right story at the right time. A woman acknowledging her “conventional girl’s” early life and finding her talents and desires
And making her life work…because  “PLAYING WITH A ROCK ‘N ROLL BAND IS A NATURAL HIGH”.
 
I was lucky enough to play Heather, Gretchens part, for quite a while in New York at Circle In the Square downtown. Then I played it in Chicago…and you know, I rarely went on the road for any length of time but this character’s release and final joy was
like performing your therapy, having fun and getting paid for it.
 
INSERT CAST PHOTO FROM “ACT” (img.0002.jpg)
 
 
Et alors, Il faut que je prend……….quelqe chose
 
INSERT PHOTO OF PERRIER JOUET BOTTLE LABEL
 
 
My husband Adolph and I were good friends of Charles and Oona Chaplin and their beautiful brood of children.  We visited them in their
Magical house in Vevey, Switzerland. One of their daughters Victoria seemed to have a special hankering for Adolph when she was a little
Girl.
 
 
INSERT PHOTOS OF ‘Victoria Chaplin – AG” & ‘Victoria Chaplin-PN’
(see body of email for cropping instructions) Side by side.
 
Underneath the above photos
INSERT PHOTO OF 2 Thiérrée Chaplin Girls (‘Chaplin 1’)
 
Now in this same period of time, my son and I are going to see
MURMURS at the Lincoln Center Festival….it’s unique and wonderful. It’s described as an enchanting journey of imagination in which objects become transformed and gravity defied. It was conceived and directed by……Victoria Thiérrée Chaplin…..oh yes……and when she was asked..”How would you describe your art?” she answered..”I wouldn’t.”
The piece had music but was otherwise silent….no talking, amazing physical feats and deceptions. It was created for
Aurelia Thiérrée, Victoria’s daughter….Charlie’s grand daughter…
Isn’t that wonderful? 
 
                                     
                                       CONNECTIONS
 
 
 
INSERT CHAPLIN FAMILY PICTURE (‘Chaplin3.jpg’)
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3 comments
The rugalach, the champers.. I want more .. LOL Ms Newman.. I just want more wonderful musings, experiences.. the chapters are too short! LOL I love your storytelling.. thank you..

regards,
Jim
"the pacific northwest guy".
3:50pm 09/06/2013
Jim Ells
Always enjoyed you Phyllis!
Beautiful, talented, and funny, lovely lady that you are!
Your web site is entertaining, and spiffy!
Could you please put names under the Chaplin picture?
I recognize Charlie, and Oona though!
12:48pm 09/06/2013
marcia G
I was in college when I found out that Chaplin had married Eugene O'Neill's daughter. I was telling this "discovery" of mine to my favorite professor. "With so much talent in their genes, what must their children be like?" He said, "A lot of little millionaires."
12:31pm 09/05/2013
Michael Glenn Smith