I hate competition. Specifically any competition I can not participate in, but it seems there is a gauntlet in the ring and somebody had better damn sight pick it up.
Friday I mentioned that Karl Miller (Lord of the Flies and Accidental Death of an Anarchist) gave a fantastic curtain speech on Thursday night and believe me it was good. Jason Linkins (Master and Margarita, The Scarlet Letter and Behold!) stepped up to the plate on Friday night. He swung and hit a hard drive down the base line. There has been some debate whether it was appropriate to threaten the audience that he would cut them if they did not turn off their cell phones and pagers, but his energetic style won the hearts and minds of some pretty jaded folks back stage.
Sunday he followed it up with an even stronger curtain speech where he told the patrons to "lock-it-down" with regards to personal items and their limbs so they would not be hurt during the performance.
Jason also put an impassioned pitch together for our next show Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards.
Is it fair to compare these curtain speeches the way one does with a prize bull. This blogger thinks so and I ask every company member to come and experience the thrill of the Curtain Speech.