Breaking News--An Audience Attends a Play in Los Angeles
This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to participate in the ancient ritual of watching live humans perform. I and a surprisingly large number of gray-hairs saw 'The Little Foxes' at The Pasadena Playhouse.
In fact, people have been doing this same thing as far back as 2500 B.C. Evidence suggests that Egyptians put on a passion play, of sorts, every year at the burial spot for Osiris on the anniversary of her death. It was real show-stopping big budget stuff.
Speaking of old, 'The Little Foxes' made it's debut on Broadway in 1939. Back then, the lead role of Regina was played by the passionate Tallulah Bankhead and continuing on in her footsteps was Kelly McGillis, of Top Gun fame, who gave her own terrific spin.
What's great about classic plays is the chance for actors spanning generations to interpret the same great roles. Think about the almost royal lineage for a part like Hamlet--
The originator Richard Burbage, David Garrick, Sarah Siddons (first woman), The Booths: Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes (yes, that one), Edmund Kean, Sarah Bernhardt, Henry Irving, Lionel Barrymore, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Sam Waterson, Kevin Klein, Stephen Lang, Ralph Fiennes, David Warner, Val Kilmer, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Day-Lewis and many more I have not mentioned.
When you play Hamlet, you become a part of living history.
Acting is an honorable profession. Don't let them tell you otherwise. It has an historical precedence which proves its incredible value to civilization.
I mean, someone had tell the stories to our ancestors around the campfire, right?