The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.
Heather Darrow’s senior project Our Time was the show of the Bradford College Spring theater season. I like to think my own show A Lick and a Promise was like the sleeper Memorial Day hit to Heather’s show, which was like the Fourth of July weekend blockbuster. In terms of anticipation and buzz, I think it eclipsed the main-stage, professor-directed shows, the Student Theater Festival, and every other show combined. And when we finally got to see it, it lived up to all the buzz too.
I had gone to see it on opening night on Friday the 27th, but I loved it so much I decided to go back again on Saturday the 28th and bring even more people along.
Heather’s show was a combination of scenes from Neil Simon’s trilogy of plays (Brighton Beach, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound) and great little song-based scenelets from her favorite musicals. She’d gathered the veritable who’s who of Bradford actors to be part of her cast and if you weren’t in it you were, at the very least, friends with at least one person who’s entire spring schedule was based around rehearsals for the show.
Baptiste played the main role in the Neil Simon scenes, opposite Heather Darrow herself, and did so brilliantly. Every musically inclined friend of mine from the period was involved in some way, but I don’t want to start listing them off because I can’t remember what each of them did.
What I can remember is that it was brilliant and I was so impressed, so touched by the magic of that weekend that when it came time to request dates for my senior project the following year, I requested the same dates. I was a big believer in karma. This girl had upstaged everyone with her production and that’s what I hoped to do with my own.