I was inside the SoHo Apple store for about 2 hrs, trying to catch up on some blogging last Tues (which I do because I don’t own a computer besides my phone, and it can’t really do the whole job..), and when I emerged Old Grace (the bike), which I’d locked to a tree in front of the store early afternoon, in broad day, was gone. Suffice to say the bike tour is over.

That doesn’t mean the project is over. I plan to spend the next few weeks booking shows in NYC and in the Tri State area at schools, in after school programs, theaters (if you have any ideas or leads for me, please shoot me a mesg), and possibly just traveling around the city and performing via train, and Jolie and I are gearing up to begin working the one man show.

This project of hopping on my bike with Shakespeare on my back, barreling full speed ahead towards my fears has been one of the greatest things I’ve done with my life, and I’m not ready to be done yet.

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The `Speare Bearer: Group I managed to gather to perform for, in Deming, New Mexico, 04/09.
The director of the library, Angela Wilde, is in the back with a blue t-shirt, and Ed, a kind-hearted gentleman who also works for the library, was nice enough to offer to let me stay the night at his place. That’s him sitting in the front left, in the purple shirt. New Mexico is treating me soooo well.
When I got to Deming, I realized it was a small town (bout 4000 people) and I wasn’t sure if I could make a performance happen, not did I think I had enough energy to poke around for one. After trying to get some leads at the local Performing Arts theater (no one was around), and the visitors center, I was directed to the library. They couldn’t offer me much in the way of leads either, but I think it was a day off from school, and there were so many kids hanging around I asked the director if I couldn’t just try to make a performance happen there. The director Angela gave me the kids reading room to use as a space and said I could perform for whomever’s parents said it was OK. So I went and spoke to a bunch of parents, including one grandmother who required English to Spanish translation from her grandaughter.
This wasn’t my best performance, I was getting heckled a little, but I did Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet the best I could. Hopefully someone got SOMETHING out of it, and quite a few of the kids did ask me for my card.
The `Speare Bearer: 4 young men of Miss Ball’s class I performed for today at Ruidoso High, in Ruidoso, NM. 04/05
I did a Hamlet’s ghost scene, Macbeth/Lady Macbeth, and a Romeo and Juliet scene. They seemed interested, and we had a really cool conversation about strength of mind versus  strength of heart, making art, deciding to be an artist, fear, and lots of other stuff. It was awesome.