Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Hot bowl of liberal chili and engagement at the Bowl 

w / saltines

Yesterday, I was in the throws of an existential crisis, but now I have something to live for: the role of "Bohdi" in the Minneapolis production of Point Break LIVE!, opening at the Bryant Lake Bowl in five weeks.

The play is a stage adaptation of the 1991 action movie Point Break: 120 minutes of cinematic skydiving, car chases, surfing and bank robbing packed into 90 minutes on a 10' x 10' stage. For an additional handicap, the role of Keanu Reeves' good-guy character is played by a randomly chosen audience member assisted by cue cards.

I take care of the part of Patrick Swayze's bad guy character in the movie: a bank-robbing zen surfer who speaks just about like one would expect a bank-robbing zen surfer boy from Southern California to speak. I am told I look like Swayze - maybe a bit, particularly when everybody squints their eyes, but my speech and mannerisms are utterly distant from those a macho surfer's, which may make me perfect for the part. "Great Scott'! Shoot that mondo tube, bro! Gee willigers!"

me and pat
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