Monday, July 6, 2009

On Opening Night

Posted by Elizabeth Ledo (Flora/Eve in Boleros for the Disenchanted)

This week has been quite hectic with family coming in for the show and, of course, the holiday. It was a real treat to have a day off for the Fourth of July. I’m not used to theaters giving us days off on holidays like the Fourth. I always wonder why more theaters don’t have the day off, since audiences are usually small because people have other plans. It was so nice to have Friday and Saturday off to enjoy the weekend.

We opened last Monday and it went very well! It was evident that we were all eager to start the run because we were all giddy backstage. Everyone was hyper, popping in and out of their dressing rooms playfully chiding one another. I love that energy, especially with a piece like Boleros that really needs to drive. And we all had a great time doing the show.

My parents came for opening, which was really special for me because my father is Cuban and I wanted to share this experience with him. My folks see everything I do, but don't always get to make the openings because of scheduling. When I was cast in this show, I made it very clear that I wanted my parents in the audience for opening night.

My father was born in Havana in 1947 and came over to the US in 1962, so he has faced many of the themes in this play. When my Abuela (grandmother) was growing up in Cuba, she was just two years older than my character Flora. My Abuela just passed away this March, so doing this production has been part of my grieving. My Abuela inhabited many of Flora’s qualities. They are both very pious and very stubborn, and I celebrate my Abuela’s memory every time I tell Flora's story.

We had the day off after opening and got back to the show on Wednesday. We had a show Wednesday night and two on Thursday. It’s always a bit of a challenge to get back to a show after the big opening night. You just have to really settle in and keep your wits about you. We are back in the groove now, and all of us are looking forward to the run. I think it is such a lovely play to be doing in the summer. It feels so right to me.

I have to mention, too, how much I adore this cast and crew. It’s such a wonderful group of people and I feel so very blessed to be doing this production with them all. It’s always such a great gift when you get a dynamite group like this. I am grateful that I get to do what I love for a living—and having a gang like this to do it with seems almost criminal. :-)

1 comment:

  1. I just saw the play and loved it. Afterwards, I wanted to look up for info about the play and I stumbled across a website titled Backstage at the Goodman, which is an internet documentary series devoted to following the behind the scenes and planning that went into this play, Boleros for the Disenchanted. So far, there is only one episode to view, but the show was really fun and well put together. Check it out for yourself at