an honor. jake wore his wedding suit, and we all looked pretty spiffy indeed.

joyce is such an incredible speaker, made me so excited about all the shows.

rachel gave a perfect, moving thank you and it was lovely to look out and see the smiling faces of such a support network.

coffee, and orange juice, a black shiny plaque and photographs.a good morning indeed.

thank you edinburgh! thank you scotsman! thank you friends and family at home and beyond who have supported us – we are very grateful.


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still at the bloody theatre

it’s about 9:45pm now.  we arrived at 12:30 to perfrom at 1:30, then we at nachos at the cafe/bar here at the traverse and then we saw a play here called “Pornography” (about the bombings on 7-7) and now we’re back for a 10pm showing of Daniel Kitson’s piece “66a Church Street”.  so that means that when we finally get the hell out of here today it will have been nearly a 12 hour session at ye olde Traverse Theatre.  And that’s the vibe.  We did leave for a great dinner with rachel’s pop and grandpa.  thanks for the nourishment Mr. Chavkin(s).  it really is a vibrant scene here at the traverse.  i love this atmosphere.  and i miss my woman.  hello ni.  okay, time to get in line for the show.  ciao.  go USA (at the olympics in particular).


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First family visit

The TEAM has been blessed with families whose support remains unparalleled.  Financial, sure.  But much, much more, there is a spiritual, emotional…LOVE.  Truly, we are loved.

These are pictures of my theatre family with my blood family.  So much love.  And so much food.

My dad and grandpa Herbie fly home tomorrow, and my mom and stepdad left Wednesday.  And then Jess’ family arrive next week!

It will be for them tomorrow, in large part, as well as all the parents and step-parents and brothers and sisters and aunties, uncles, and grandparents, and for all loving friends, that we accept the Fringe First for Architecting.

Oh yes!  HAVE I MENTIONED WE WON THE FRINGE FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  After an absolutely stunning review from Joyce for the show, we were on pins and needles, and it will be announced tomorrow officially in the Scotsman!!


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more rain, more nachos

wheelin and schemin in the trav bar.

it is week two, and the day before the olympics start.

it will not stop raining. libby said, i am too old to have all my clothes be soggy and marched to the army navy and now has rainboots and a jacket and i am jealous. and wet.

jake’s room dripped and set off….the fire alarm? it was loud. luckily we have tall men to reach the fuse box.

and luckily we have superhuman edinburgh powers and can turn on the energy fountain when the show starts! the audiences have been full and lovely. everyone sees shows here, and i love the diversity of age and exerience in the seats.

nick and brian have left, which is sad. but we get ash, jacqui and nathan soon in the rotation.

i saw batman yesterday with the boys and ate a huge sundae in the theatre. treats!

we are all going to see daniel kitson tonight and i am excited.

and full of nachos. maybe i will go buy rainboots. or maybe just nap.


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i love edinburgh because…

the whole city smells like a baked potato ( especially at night )

the festival is off to a great start. our flat is huge, real world style.  nick, jake and jake sit at the long table cutting out pieces of the cathedral model and patiently glueing them together.

frank, also patient, teaches me guitar. some residents of 65 york place might be sick of the opening lick to angie, but i am surely not. the fly strip is winning the hourly war against the insects and we watch that instead of tv.

the nachos in the traverse bar ( an often meal ) are different this year and we are split on this issue. i for one enjoy my nachos made with UK cool ranch doritos.

we have seen so many old friends! jackie, lorne, brian, steve…we even get to run into brian backstage in between travs 1 and 2 during our shows!

the show is going well. we are sweating more than ever ( thank you traverse laundry and wardrobe! ) and boast daily Architecting scrapes and bruises.

i am having fun and learning a lot.


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WE GOT 5 STARS!! and hiked Arthur’s Seat

Well, okay, all of us got 5 stars from the Scotsman, which is the paper that awards the Fringe First – but NOT all of us did the morn hike.

A winded Matty, Jill and Rachel

The seat was beautiful, but I think far more excting was the 5-star review from Joyce McMillan, the head reviewer for the Scotsman.  She has given us wonderful 4-star reviews in the past – and all the reviews here frankly are hugely erudite criticism of the work itself (vs. say, how sexy a movie actress looks onstage) and are generally always gratifying in some way – but to receive a 5-star was extraordinarily meaningful.  I got handed an EARLY edition of the paper at 2am in the Trav bar Sunday night, and my head nearly exploded.

In general reviews have been beautiful, tho often with less stars.  A quote from the METRO today (4-stars): “Architecting is bewildering, relentless and hugely relevant…It’s a stunning effort from a company totally at ease documenting America.”


Mom if you are checking this BLOG.  I love you and I am alive and safe in Edinburgh…I miss you and wish you could come see the chaotic beautiful madness of the festival. We are meeting new friends and colliding with old ones…performing our blood, sweat, and tears…and eating plates and plates of nachos…

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Cavalcade day in Edinburgh!

the walk to the theatre was made extra special (long) today as it is the annual cavalcade with (according to them) 175,000 people watching marchers from different Fringe shows, Scottish organizations – including a group from Falun Dafa that had people meditating inside a gigantic chrysanthemum – and of course the BAGPIPERS.  Libby and I walked along with chocolate and ice cream from a store on the main drag Princes street and got stuck for a while next to a fairly passionless float with children who did not looked pleased to be there and who were sitting and waving lamely.  Face paint.

Show tonight is at 7pm and then getting to see our Riot Group friends…


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Ha…helping sales of GWTW

So one of the head producers at the Traverse just came over to our table in the cafe and apparently already several audience members have asked if the theatre was selling the book, as they now wanted to read it.  So the legend of Gone with the Wind carries on…


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Officially opened!

So yesterday we had our official press opening, which in Edinburgh means a huge audience filled primarily with intelligent and intimidatingly stone-faced journalists taking notes during the show.  There was definitely audible response, tho not laughter quite on the scale with our first preview.  But this is to be expected.  Now we’re just in the super fun waiting game.  Our first review will probably be in the Observer this Sunday – no one is sleeping too much in the household with nerves…or maybe that’s just me.  But it’s really getting fun to see how intellectualism and emotionality fight with each other in this show.  Against the sheer heart of Particularly in the Heartland (no pun intended!) it is an odd journey to be doing a show that does not have the same raw emotion.  And yet there’s a layer of Architecting‘s life that we’ve not even begun to scratch the surface of yet.  Which is an exciting place to be.  I’m looking forward to watching the cast really start to play with each other in the coming days.

We are selling out shows which is of course gratifying, and have all bought tickets to the Traverse program.  Beyond that we’re waiting a day or two for some guidance, altho Frankie saw what sounds like an amazing music show last night with an African drummer and Latin guitar player.  A group of us are going to head over to the venue tonight to check it out.

Saw the Alameida’s production of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne which was so beautifully written and performed.  Funny seeing such an intimate show in the same space a few hours after the shambolic mess that is Architecting.  Got to hang out with a few of our Riot Group friends, Steph and Drew, which was awesome – we’re looking forward to seeing the show they did with the Arches.


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