My Sunday column for the Glendale News-Press posted here explained how I’m always saying “yes” to just about everything, even when a good friend like Leslie Dutton asks me to appear at her annual Full Disclosure Network’s fund-raiser as George Washington in full costume.
It was a spontaneous decision that I immediately regretted but her cause — restoring public access television which was killed by the LA City Council and the $5 million a year that cable subscribers pay for it confiscated by City Hall to pay salaries of a bungling technology department — is dear to my heart. A deal is a deal.
I did try to weasel and suggest that keynote speaker Scott Minerd, chief investment officer for Guggenheim Partners, the equity firm that just brought the Dodgers, would carry the program with his commentary on Washington’s inspiring Farewell Address so I would make a few funny remarks and run for my life before the audience stoned me or thought I must be stoned to be such a fool
Leslie would have none of it, insisting that I lived my whole life for thie singular moment of theater, read everything about Stanislavksy in my youth, practiced method acting in creating the newsroom character Ron Kaye and even took an improv acting class last year at Pierce College.
So I suffered weeks of anxiety before immersing myself in everything I needed to know about the father of our country, could hardly sleep the night before my debut as an actor on Saturday and, as we say in the theater, and went out there and broke a leg.
You can watch a full report at the Full Disclosure Network.