"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Thursday, February 09, 2012

My Former Career

Usually I write books. But sometimes I turn up in books written by other people.

A director with whom I worked for several years on a variety productions has published a memoir. And he illustrated it with photos in which I appear.

I'm the one stretched out on the floor, in Moliere's Tartuffe. (I'm all right, it's a comedy!)

I'm the only girl onstage, as Irina in Chekhov's The Three Sisters. Not quite a comedy, though it had some laughs, and this scene was fun.

This World War I-era character was not only suffering from tuberculosis, but her husband had left her and taken their little boy. My little sister is trying to cheer me up.

And in Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death, I played Nadine, a woman--one of numerous people--suspected of murdering her hateful mother-in-law. Because, you know, that's the way Christie does it.

Reading the book in which these images appear was a real trip down memory-lane. And it was flattering to be name-checked as an actress--not to mention these photos--after so many years off the stage.

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