And They’re Off!
It’s the big opening day, and the cloudy skies have cleared to a hazy heat with a cooling breeze. You really can’t ask for better Prague weather. Not reasonably, anyway.
In other excellent news, after some inquiries, we now have sporadic WiFi to our flat.
In other words, today is starting off pretty kick-ass.
Lale (a friend from Spain), Andy, and Kelly and I went up to the castle and walked around for about 2 hours, wrapping back down Neruda Street to some other Fringe theaters where we could drop off some of our postcards. I’ve still got a ton, so this will be an ongoing effort. One of the volunteers we met yesterday told me that we might have a school group coming to see us, and could we do a Q&A afterwards.
Um. You know there’s a lot of vulgarity in the show? No problem. You know that we have to clear out of the space to make room for the next show, a one-man piece about Lenny Bruce by a Dutch guy, right? No problem. Okay, then sure, we’re happy to do a Q&A. Hopefully not tonight, though, because we’ve got tickets to see some Dutch guy do Lenny Bruce.
So here’s our program for Day One of the festival. We’re both back at the flat. Andy’s trying to stay healthy, I’m trying to stay awake (in spite of nearly 9 hours of sleep – maybe because of 9 hours of sleep?). Kelly is off exploring a non-touristy area of the city, handsomely called “Prague 8” (postal code) because her small card reader overheated and burned out and now she can’t upload photographs. ARGH! And we even got one of our Kickstarter images today! So she’s off on a bit of an adventure. We look forward to seeing her close to our curtain time.
If all goes well, she’ll see at least two shows before we go up at 6:30. We’ll all be at The Heart of a Dog for the opening. Andy, Lale, and I will stick around for Bruce (in our space) and the Stephen Frost Impro Allstars (in the theater downstairs). Kelly skips Bruce tonight to see a surreal piece called Dr. Brown’s Dr. Brown (it’s more convoluted than that), and then joins us for the late night. As the official Fringe photographer, she doesn’t have to pay for tickets – she just wanders into whatever she wants to see, assuming that they want photos taken.
Speaking of photos, here’s the cathedral of St. Vitus.
We do have a picture of the two of us standing in front of it, but it’s currently victim to Kelly’s dead card-reader, so for today this will have to suffice. Incidentally, the Catholic Church and the Czech state just this past week essentially signed a treaty stating that the state will take care of managing St. Vitus. It’s been in the courts since 1989, I think.
We open in four and half hours!!!