The first lead in a musical I ever did was playing Vera Charles in the Caseville (Michigan) Summer Enrichment Program, the summer of 1970.
I had also found the world of plays – books you could read that had actual plays in them. I was in heaven.
I was reading a play during a rehearsal. I finished the play, just before I was needed onstage. The director found me sobbing my little heart out in the hallway.
He was so concerned and asked what in the world was wrong.
I told him. Between sobs.
I just finished reading Cyrano de Bergerac.
He asked me if this was the first time I had read Cyrano. It was.
He was clearly relieved but also totally understood and he told me to just take a few minutes – they’d wait.
This is what theater is to me. People who just understand. Who get it. Who get me.
I don’t know what the new version of Cyrano will be like. I do love the Gerard Depardieu version. But if you have never read the original play; I hope you do.