Lost weekend (Days 190, 191, 192, 193, 194/365)

You may have noticed, if you’ve been paying attention, that I’ve missed blogging since last Friday. This would be because my server blocked access from the hotel’s server, so although I could get and receive email and surf the web, I could not get to my own website.

That’s OK. I didn’t really do anything creative during this time anyway. Well, maybe some thinking and planning. And definitely some observations about performing plotless poems set to music, which I’ll get to late this week. But create something of my own? Not a chance.

I was in Los Angeles, to attend the opening of the L.A. Opera’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, lyrics by Bertoldt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill. It’s one of those titles usually mentioned in reverent tones by theatre and music folk. It starred Patti Lupone and Audra Macdonald, and it was directed by an old UGA friend, John Doyle. John won the Tony last year for Sweeney Todd, also starring Patti Lupone, and two of our friends out in L.A. prompted a whole bunch of us to make the trip out to see the show, reacquaint ourselves with John, and just generally have a reunion.

We had a great time from beginning to end, and we just flew in from the Left Coast. I will post more about this lost weekend during the rest of this week.

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