Thursday, October 8, 2009

Buck Beer Night at Barksdale

Posted by Bruce Miller
This Saturday, Oct 10, Phil and I will be hosting a Buck Beer Night after the evening performance in the Barksdale living room—a.k.a. the lobby at Barksdale Willow Lawn. We know it’s last minute, but what the heck. We’re inviting the casts and crews of all the October shows in town. We’re also inviting the critics. By “inviting,” I mean I’m writing this blog post, and tomorrow I’ll send out some emails. If you’re involved in one of those shows, please help spread the word.

Boleros goes down at around 10:40, so we’re inviting folks to show up around 11 p.m. We’ll pay for the first round of beer or wine. After that, it’s a buck a beer. We’d give it away, but our Boards won’t let us. We’re also providing some Padow’s ham rolls, cheese and other snacks.

In the old days—yes, Phil and I are old fuddy-duddies, or is it fuddies-duddy? hmmm—Pete, Muriel and Nancy would invite actors from whatever show was playing downstairs to come upstairs to their living room at Hanover Tavern to raise a glass to … whatever anyone felt like raising a glass to. Simultaneously, about 60 miles south, Buddy Callahan—producer and tavern master at the Mill—would host periodic Buddy Beer Nights in front of the bar in the Mill Room.

This is just like that, except we’re inviting all the folks at all the theatres to come if they want to. And all the critics. No need to RSVP. JUST COME! Or at least know you’re welcome.

As Jay’s funeral reminded many of us today, life’s short and we should live it to the fullest. Sometimes you gotta take the time to relax with friends, establish new bonds, etc. Phil and I will never be Pete, Muriel, Nancy, Buddy or Betty, and we’re not trying to be. We’re just being us.

The Richmond theatre scene is different today. It’s much larger, for one thing. Currently there are twelve shows running, just closed or getting ready to open: The African Company Presents Richard III, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Boys’ Life, I’m Not Rappaport, Mahalia, Much Ado About Nothing, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The New Century, Psycho Beach Party, Shining City, Souvenir, and The Ugly Duckling.

So spread the word. Come if you can. No underage drinking please—our bartender will be checking IDs.

See you at the theatre!

--Bruce Miller


David J said...

See you there!

Dave T said...

What an awesome idea! We will be on our way back from seeing "Gypsy" in Charlottesville, but if we get back at a timely hour, I'll be sure and drop by. How late do you expect you'll be partying?

Whether or not I make it, I hope this becomes a regular tradition. One or two theater-related parties a year are not enough!

joepabst said...

This is a great idea, Bruce! At Jay's service yesterday, I was delighted to see so many friends gathered together, many of whom I had not seen in too long a time. The atmosphere was mixed with grief over the passing of our friend & colleague, and laughter & celebration of his wonderful life & spirit.

It was great to see a Standing-Room-Only crowd gathered, but I was saddened to think it takes something tragic to bring us all together like that.

I, for one, welcome the opportunity to meet again with as many friends and fellow artists as possible, and under much more pleasant circumstances.

Thanks to you and Phil for arranging this! We'll see you Saturday!

-- Joe

Anonymous said...

I truly feel that you're doing a bang up job.

This is a terrific idea.

Thank you.

Bruce Miller said...

I'm up at 5:30 a.m. this morning to venture off to D. C. see and hear the Dalai Lama. So I may not make it till the bitter end. But I suspect we'll go till at least 1 or whenever the last person who knows how to lock up has to leave.