Quotes to Bob on Location
"You're not from Chicago"
" $10 will near pay for a Hog"
"Their gonna turn this Picture into Guitar Picks"
"Come on Swan... the SUN's goin' dooown, lad."
"James Dean never made more than $17,000 a Picture.. whata ya think
by a reservoir in central
Illinois After taxes
and the union admission fees there wasn’t enough left for a room.
There was always a German shepherd waiting to chase me at the bottom of
the last hill as I rode the seven miles home at night on my bike. Summer
stock among the cornstalks led eventually to a trip to Broadway as one
of four original members of Goodman Theater’s original cast of Freedom
of the City. Not long after, yearning for larger roles, I produced a
production of The Lesson by Ionesco at the Orphans Pub on the near north
side, creating along with it a new kind of contract allowing Equity
actors to perform in new spaces called the COLT contract, which helped
give rise to a bunch of theater
groups, including a new outfit called Steppenwolf. The play, which
featured Barbara Gaines as the Student and Mike Nussbaum in his
directorial debut, was, by itself, nominated for more Jefferson awards
than all the productions at Goodman that year. Mike and I also acted
together in Northlight’s inaugural production of Jumpers, directed by
Frank Galati. Other pleasures: holding Gregory Mosher at the end of a
rope as Lucky to my Pozzo in Waiting for Godot at Court Theater’s
first professional production, and the sheer joy of playing Wiseman in
Jules Pfeiffer’s Knock, Knock.