For one Vuvuzela-free day…

[ a. o. D. ] opens in six days. Stuttgart is SWELTERING hot. When I first arrived in town to begin working on this project, I went grocery shopping with the full intention of beginning my life of Macrobiotic balance and bliss.

Suffice it to say that the package of organic Miso that I bought at that time has served at least one purpose: improvised ice pack. Half of the lemons I bought to rock out a leading-up-to-the-premiere Master Cleanse have now been pressed into a lemonade for tomorrow’s BBQ on the balcony of [ a. o. D. ]’s musical director…

Enough about dietary failures, though. There is definitely grounds for celebration. Germany beat Uruguay tonight in the World Cup to secure 3rd place. Tomorrow is the big show between the Netherlands and Spain. Regardless of who wins or loses, at least the detested Vuvuzela will be out of our collective acoustic hair for a while…or with any luck…forever!

And so tonight…yet another night where I’m too tired to stay awake and too sticky hot to fall asleep…I find myself missing the cool recesses of the AER Club, where we’ve been rehearsing. Spending so much time down there, one forgets that up on the streets, under the summer sun…Stuttgart is positively liquefying in this heat.

I’m looking forward to being back in the club on Monday, despite the daunting potential chaos of a Komplettprobe. I also really miss the people I see every day IN that club. The cast, crew, techies, music staff, etc. It’s really rare to find a strange, wonderful-yet-temporary form of family in the context of creating a show. [ a. o. D. ] definitely has that scrappy, “we’re all in this together” vibe.

So cool that I get to see some of these folks tomorrow…sacrificing Master Cleanse lemons and packages of Miso-cum-ice packs…

Wouldn’t trade it…

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