reddragon70 wrote:david, I had a look at the link and was a bit suprised by one thing. There is a photo of you with a cigarette in your hand. I know its part of the character, its how Coward made him. I just didnt think that in this day you'd be allowed to do that. Just about every music video on TV these days which shows someone smoking has it blurred out. There was a stage play in Edinurgh about a meeting between Winston Churchill and Micheal Collins where they end up agreeably smoking cigars but they were not allowed to do it in the UK due to a smoking ban in enclosed public spaces. A crucial part of the story could NOT be shown.
Is the USA just a little more enlightened than us poor Limeys? Are you actually allowed to show someone smoking on stage in the US? I only ask as an ex-smoker who views our current leglislation in the UK as weird and draconian.
It IS kind of odd. Particularly since Oregon just banned ALL smoking, ANYWHERE, indoors as of January 1, too (which means I'll sooner or later be making a pilgrimage to several karaoke bars that have terrific song catalogs but whose smoky atmosphere I couldn't stand in years past).
I'm all for the legislation, by the way. It's been the wave of the present across the U.S. -- I've read stories about the City of Denver cracking down on their local theaters who were following a script that called for smoking.
The City of Hillsboro has apparently allowed this theater an exception for performance purposes. I'm lighting and puffing on an herbal cigarette with the dubious brand-name "Ecstacy." (Actually, Coward's script calls for my character to light at least six and puff on five; I'm suspicious that he wrote it in because he was to star in this role and knew he couldn't last two hours without a smoke.)
It's been one of my greatest acting challenges, trying to remove cigarettes from a silver case and lighting them with wooden matches in a way that looks natural, since I've never been a smoker. (Play is set in 1930 or so, and the first Zippo lighter was not built until 1933, patented in 1935.) The herbals don't burn my throat to the extent I had feared they would; it's just the mechanics of getting them out and lit that's been difficult. I don't imagine I'm going to fool any real smokers in the audience.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus