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TFN Video Blog - Patrick Letterii Talks About "Gem of the Ocean"

TFN Video Blog - Patrick Letterii Talks About "Gem of the Ocean"

My name is Patrick Letterii, I'm here with Theater Fanatic, and I'm here to tell you a story about a play I saw a couple years ago down in Baltimore.  I went to school in Baltimore, and there's a theater there called Everyman Theater, and it was like five blocks from my house, and they put on this show called Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson.  And I had seen it a few years before in New York on Broadway with Phylicia Radshad and it was really fantastic, and I remember it was such a powerful performance she did as Aunt Esther, which is like, this emotional center of the play, and that experience ? after the show she was so gracious and it really struck me.  So now I'm in Baltimore, seeing a much smaller scale production, a 150-seat theater.  And what struck me was that after the play, again this actress, I think her name was Lizan Mitchell, afterwards she had the same level of grace as Ms. Rashad did.  I just thought that was interesting because they're taking on the same roll, they're tackling this really tough, poetic, important, vital role to this beautiful piece of theater, and after the show they just have this same sort of grace about them. And being a student of acting at the time, and still being a student of acting, it was pretty inspiring to see these people that just blew me away onstage, and afterwards to kind of be very human and kind.  Coming from a generation that doesn?t like to look people in the eyes and communicate, just get one our phones, that was inspiring to me to see these two established actors ? to take that time to share that experience beyond the curtain dropping.  This has been Patrick Letterii from Theater Fanatic signing off.