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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eugene!

So we just got back from a beautiful week in Eugene, performing Everyone Who Looks Like You at the University of Oregon.

This is the first time we've gotten EWLLY back on its feet since last January, when we took it to New York, and it's been really satisfying to come back to this show and realize how strong it is, and how cathartic to perform with an audience.

Some of my favorite moments:

+ Chatting with John Schmor over coffee in the mornings, as we surveyed his flower beds and meticulously arranged rock paths. John is the head of the theatre department as well as a dear friend -- he's been a mentor and supporter and teacher since the early days of H2M, and it is always such a treat to catch up with him.

+ The talkback after our Friday night show -- everyone got deep, stories were shared, tears were shed. Beautiful.

+ The workshop Jonathan and I led Saturday morning for UO students. They were filled with energy and enthusiasm, leaping into improvisation exercises with a gusto and fine tuned sense of each other that was wonderful to see.

+ Jerry trying on the lion costume that Julie bought for her little nephew and seriously trying to convince her to sell it to him instead.

+ Seeing 6-7 nutria munching on grasses in the moonlight by the canal at our hotel. The horror! The fascination!

+ Hanging out at Rennie's, a college bar across from the theatre, on a Saturday night when it was loaded to the gills with drunk students. Now, H2M likes to party. But it has been a loooooong time since I've hung out in a college bar at full tilt and trying to wind down and have conversations with each other in that setting reached comically, epically terrible proportions.

+ Driving back to Portland with my H2M peeps on a beautiful sunny day after a night of not much sleep and laughing our asses off.

As always, I'm reminded of how much fun it is to be on tour. I wish we could do it more often.

Thanks, Eugene!

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