So, yesterday was the first day of live performances....one in the morning and one in the evening. After I got ready in the morning, I was walking downstairs from the bedroom to the living room and it dawned on me that I have been here a little over 8 months and I havent fallen down any stairs yet! That's pretty impressive......for those of you who have been here, you know the odds are against you that you will eventually fall down the stairs somewhere in this city. Well, we all know where this is going, right?
I get to the auditorium and we are doing some last minute things before the show. I am taking the pies to backstage (you know, the proverbial pie in the face routine) and I totally biff it on the stairs. The good news is I saved the pies. The bad news is I sprained by right ankle and my left knee! The variety of jokes set in....how I took 'break a leg' seriously and that the director was wearing purple and that is apparently bad luck...in the end, I tripped!
But I am German and we are hearty stock, so I perservered! I got a variety of drugs from the cast members (who will remain nameless to protect them!) to get me through and in between shows I went home to rest. It was so much worse in the evening and walking across Venice with two bum legs is not my idea of fun. I made it through most of the evening show before I raised the white flag. A long walk home and a somewhat restful evening (except when I moved and the pain woke me up!) and here I am today.
One more show tonight and then the cast party...I am staying home all day until the show. I think I can make the show but I am really worried about those 82 steps up to the apartment I told you about for the cast party......and, no, I am not going to miss the party! What was that blog I did about being a dumb American? Hmmmmmmm
P.S. The show is free but they are taking donations for Share and Care Italia....so far we have raised about 1500 euro...