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From "The Memoirs, Chapter Three" -
The Ensemble Street Players were on
our way as an acting troupe and I was the leader. This is where I
knew I wanted to be.
Our first “real” event came when we
approached the University of Washington and arranged to perform
several pieces on campus in connection with the Freshman Orientation
Week which was coming up in early September. We received $250
dollars in exchange for four days of different shows sprinkled into
a score of other events for the freshmen.
We took up rehearsing a forgettable off-Broadway piece
by beat poet Kenneth Koch called “George Washington Crossing
the Delaware,” directed by Russ, with me as George
Washington and Bob Gallaher as his counterpart, Lord So-and-so. We decided to
stage it as a huge pageant spread over a large area, recruiting the
audience to join various “armies” and forcing them to move around to
follow the action.
first performance of “George Washington Crossing the Delaware” was
predictably confusing, but we traipsed around the university quad in
our cardboard tri-corner hats and managed to attract an enthusiastic
audience. We would remember it later as a big hit, of course.
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...NEXT: SAMUEL BECKETT'S "ENDGAME"