Bluefish Cove Revisited

A dear friend of mine has been recently co-opted into a fundraising campaign for my alma mater. (Boy, that's weird to type that).
And in their most recent video, she talks about being in Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, a show I directed for a friend's senior thesis exercise in theater, and the clips made me really nostalgic.

Then I realized, wait a minute, I blogged about this before! And loyal blogosphereans, you've been left hanging! Did the set get finished in time? Could the actors pull this off? Was this show a success? Did we make everyone cry?
Well, the first part's a little dodgy. The set did get built, most of it, and there was probably some paint drying as the audience filtered in on opening night, but we had a beach house and a beach and it was lovely. As for the rest - yes. It was a beautiful show, the actors were amazing, and I have never sat in a theater so beautifully silent and rapt as the second to last scene of the show. Everybody cried. It was amazing.

And if you don't believe me, check out the video. We pop up about a minute and 18 seconds in, and the clips are short, but at least it should give you some closure.

And make some of you miss our dear lesbian beach colony. *sigh* I reposted my video below and it has a lovely little interview with the star (who has recently relocated into the twin cities! yay!) and features many of us looking remarkably young.

For those unfamiliar with the show,Last Summer at Bluefish Cove , written by Jane Chambers in 1981 was one of the first plays to depict happy gay people . These women were lesbians, but their characterization didn't end there and they didn't spend the whole play being tortured about their weird and incomprehensible homosexual desires and/or shooting themselves at the end. Instead, the play gives us love. Lil and Eva's new love for one another, Rae and Annie's old married love, the devotion and love Rita feels for Kitty the closeted doctor, the materialistic shallow love of Donna and her sugar momma Sue, and most of all the love and friendship these women all feel for one another. It was a blessing to work with this script, these amazing women's roles, and the spectacular cast. Thanks, ladies.


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