this cup is half full, fer cryin' out loud

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

the end. and now...

my best line (?)

"the dwarves are all busy."

it's 2:30 am, it's snowing again in Jerusalem, and i just got back from our last 2 performances of Man of LaMancha. It was fun, and a lot more successful than i had thought. I really hit a point about 2 weeks ago where i thought the show was going to be a total disaster. But it wasn't. People really really enjoyed it. We sold out or at least filled up most of the shows, and every performance ended with an audience that was excited, happy and moved.

The director of Guild, the Ra'anana English-speaking theatre group, approached me after today's 5pm show and asked me to come audition for their next production, and to maybe see about joining their permanent company. That's quite an exciting offer, but Ra'anana is more than 2 hours away by bus, and I don't have a car. So we'll see what's up with that.

In the meantime, i popped some Ny-Quil to kill my cough, and I need to get some sleep.


Friday, February 15, 2008

if you suckas won't comment...

This comment was sent to Canfei Nesharim about my writing, which is posted this week on their site:

Great article, thank you! I have always refused to wear gold or gemstones, there is so much suffering and injustice and oppression involved in mining them...thank you for this terrific teaching. It's so wonderful to have a sense of shared values within the Jewish community.

-Jampa Williams
Be like Jampa, comment on The 'Stu, and don't buy dirty gold. A'ight?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

WanderingStu is all over the place

We had 2 decent performances last night in Tel Aviv. I did quite well, and even got some hearty laughs at a few unexpected moments. Lets just hope I don't ham it up to much at those moments tomorrow night...

Meanwhile, my next environmental Torah is online, front page at Canfei Nesharim this week only. I've edited or ghost-written or totally rewritten several of the pieces in the past weeks, but this is only the second piece that is credited to me. It's all about the evils of the gold mining industry... I have another piece up next week as well.

Today was a rest day after our opening night. Me and my new superpal Rebecca went to a yoga class and then had Indian food at the little place in the shuk (the Jerusalem bazaar, right by my house). When we got there Tzvi, the yoga guy, was already there and chowing down. Somehow he had zipped across town way faster than us (and hadn't even offered us a ride!). After the meal, the waitress gave us cards for 2 free classes at Tzvi's yoga studio. I asked him if I could get some of my money back, since he was handing it out fer free. He refused. Rebecca guffawed. I let him know i was kidding, so he wouldn't feel bad.

I've been slamming echinacea, zinc, vitamin C & herbal lozenges for the past few days, and I still have a head full of dark phlegm. Fer cryin' out loud, i did YOGA and had INDIAN FOOD instead of a burger--- give me some health this week. i NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's my current list of unlimited use subscriptions in Jerusalem:

- The bus. 220 shekels (one month of free rides. paid for by work)
- The Cinematheque. 300 shekels (good until november)
- Yoga Shalom. 280 shekels (one months of free rides)

this is some other guy, playing the same role as me. ---->
he has a bigger apron.

Oh yeah! Also, at work yesterday, the gang showed up for their 4-month program. 72 high school grads from Australia and South Africa. I met my chavura, the group of 18 for whom I will be directly responsible. We sat outside in a patch of sun as I introduced myself. When I told them that I was vanishing for a week to do the show, they demanded a scene. So I grabbed three of them put them in the roles of Don Quixote, Sancho and Aldonza, and sang my song, "Knight of the Woeful Countenance," in which I, a humble innkeeper, am given the honor (?) of dubbing Don Quixote a knight.

Good times.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


nice to see the blinderman family members are active here, so to speak. thanks for your comments. it is thursday, 3pm. we just had a big staff lunch at a moroccan restaurant. The kids (72 high school grads from South Africa and Australia) arrive sunday morning. Man of LaMancha goes up for a week's run on monday afternoon.

it's gonna be quite a week.

this afternoon i went out with a sweater and cap and nothing else (pants too..) and yet this morning i saw a pile of snow still standing in a corner of a parking lot in town. the two-day winter appears to be over.

i remember when this blog was fresh and exciting, filled with adventure and joie de vivre.

put your hand in mine, remember with me....