Not so Hot-lanta
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When we pulled into our hotel on the Northeast outskirts of Atlanta, I should've known this would be an odd 24 hours. The hotel was less than desirable, but we made due. I was so distracted by my excitement at being near a Publix, that I was able to look past the less than grand hotel and try to find the silver lining... or rather green fluorescent lining. I proclaimed loudly with a shriek of glee, my elation upon seeing my favorite supermarket, and declared that no one else could have the van until I had gone to Publix. I knew my purchases long before I passed through those clean gilded automatic doors. I made a beeline for the bakery and found a package of the delicious sugar cookies that I love. I only get them about once a year, when my mom is wonderful enough to bring some with her when she visits me, and so I knew I must procure some immediately
The next morning, I awoke to find that we were thoroughly entrenched in the bands of Tropical Storm Ida. Rain and wind, however, soon became the least of my worries. When we were done with load in, one of my actors came up to me and through garbled speech said "So, what are we going to do about the fact that I can't talk." Oy!!! 35min. before curtain, and I have to send my understudy to go over blocking and pin costumes to his size (he's about 1/3 the size of the down actor), I have to run front of house and sound, my ASM has to run backstage w/o me, and I have to get my sick actor with the swollen tongue to a doctors ASAP. It was quite the show... Turns out, he had an ulcer under his tongue, and luckily after a night of medicine and prescription solution, he was able to go on the next day... but Atlanta was chaos. The show was hilarious from my perspective, seeing actors play different roles, etc., but it was definitely not quite right.
On top of all of this, when we started to load out, we realized that our truck as about 3 giant holes in the roof, and water was EVERYWHERE in our truck.
But, we all kept our spirits up, put on the best show possible, and congratulated ourselves on putting on the best show we could.