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Wonderful Washington Adventures

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Great Game

Actor Rick Warden describes his first week in Washington, and sends us some digital sketches:

The Shakespeare stage

The Shakespeare stage

Backstage at The Shakespeare

Backstage at The Shakespeare

The only downside to our adventure is the lack of lie-ins. I don’t know whether it’s still jet-lag or time zones or general over-excitement, but I seem to wake up before 6 every day. Last night I treated myself to a glass of wine after a pretty extraordinary week in Washington so now I’m awake AND hungover. Might as well blog for y’all.

This city is wonderful, full of open space and sunshine and intelligent audiences. We’ve all put on a stone as we’ve been conned into finding new healthy eating options without realising the portions are prepared for giants Stateside. Yes, I’ll have a kilo of that salad please.

We settled in to the space well and truly by the end of Friday’s performances and hit them hard with the double trilogy this weekend. I have a feeling there are over a thousand people wandering around Washington with their heads hurting from Afghan overload, just managing to get the words ‘gotta go see that’ before passing out.

The dressing rooms

The dressing rooms

A feeling of momentum building all around us is palpable and it’s pretty clearly going to grow and grow. The Great project just continues to expand and we all feel very privileged to be involved in such momentous work. Khalili’s sister and family came to meet Vincent and the rest of us after the show last night (actually they got dangerously close to the boy’s dressing room, which even without Cocky in isn’t strictly speaking a place for decent folk…) but what an extraordinary feeling, to be affecting people this way.

Love to all at our Tricycle home. Signing out for now.

Rick W