BACK WHEN (1978) when I was having a love affair with the theatre and acting, I saw a play at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. It made a lasting impression on me. I thought about it a lot yesterday. Actually, ever since then, I think of it every fifth of July – the day after the Fourth! Fifth of July is a 1978 play by Lanford Wilson. Set in rural Missouri in 1977, it revolves around the Talley family and their friends, and focuses on the disillusionment in the wake of the Vietnam War. It premiered on Broadway in 1980 and was later produced as a made-for-television movie. The play is part of the Talley Trilogy, a series of Wilson plays revolving around the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. The other plays, both set on July 4, 1944, are Talley’s Folly, a one-act dialogue between Sally Talley and her husband-to-be, Matthew Friedman, and Talley & Son, the story of a power struggle between Sally’s father and grandfather. Ah, I love theater and theater people. Through art, always trying to make the world a better place!!!
Today, it is the sixth of July!! I hesitate to write this blog because – what with 7.1 earthquakes, U.S. tanks, airports in the Revolutionary War, a Seaview, hot dogs, and baseball, I feel guilty sitting in a bubble in a convalescence center here in Nice, being waited on by doctors and nurses “hand and foot”. I really am at a loss for words. Well, not really. I am NEVER at a loss of words. Many times, I feel it is better to keep my mouth shut, because —- well, because there is a limit to what I can do and I am an expat. So, I am posting things that make commentary with little to NO COMMENTARY from me. Many times, that is the most effective way to say what is in my heart.