I got a call from a friend of mine, Jerry Fleischer a couple of weeks ago. Hes a dear friend and I love him and his wife, Judy. Jerrys a psychologist, not that Ive ever needed his services, of course.
Jerry and Judys elder son, Evan, dabbled in acting and performed on the Springer Opera House stage in Neil Simons Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Then he graduated and went to Northwestern University in Chicago. The next thing I knew, he was married to a young actress named Sandy Rustin.
They now have two sons, Isaac, 6, and Charlie, 2.
Sandy began writing, and now, one of her plays, Rated P (For Parenthood) The Musical, is playing in New Yorks Westside Theatre, (407 West 43rd St., in case you wanted to go.)
Of course, Jerry and Judy went on opening night.
Evan is with a company called Media Edge. But hes still dabbling in show business. Hes the producer of Fix This Kitchen on A&E. Hes also a producer of a movie called Taiwan Oyster, that was just shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
Turn in Your Hymnal
The last time Bric Barkers play about two very different young men in seminary school was produced, it was part of Troy Heards Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co.s first season. It was performed in 2008 in an area above Ride on Bikes shop in downtown Columbus.
Bric, who founded The Human Experience Theatre in 1991, did shows in the space that became the Loft. He had a great relationship with Loft owner Buddy Nelms. The relationship continued with Troy, perhaps because of Turn in Your Hymnal.
That play was part of the Springer Opera Houses first DeepSouth New Play Contest. It actually came in second, but I thought it should have won.
For the first time, the play is going to be produced outside Georgia. Troy is directing it in Las Vegas.
Everybody whos read the script out here loves it, so I know it has legs beyond Georgia, Troy wrote to me in an email. These are questions that everybody asks about faith and religion.
Gus Langley, a Columbus State University theater graduate, is playing Reggie in this one, Troy said. Brics roleof J.C., is being played by a Las Vega rockabilly actor named Alex Olson.
Its being done in a space called The Box Office which is part of the burgeoning theater row in the 18b Arts District of Las Vegas, Troy said. I love, love, love this script, and Im producing it in hopes it can get published.
Sandra Okamoto, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8580.