06 Nov I Once Ate Lunch with Edward Albee and other Monday Confessions
Why am I writing some random confessions? I’m not sure except that I hit a stopping point on the WIP but I didn’t want to stop writing and my brain is floundering about as it does on a Monday when once again I’m on a mostly self-imposed deadline (okay, my agent has some control over it, too) and so–some things about me that I am sure most of you don’t know.
1. Once, I ate lunch with playwright Edward Albee. Yes, THAT Edward Albee, author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff and Zoo Story and A Delicate Balance and a bunch of other amazing plays. He used to teach playwriting at University of Houston one semester a year or so, and he was buds with the late, great, theater professor Sidney Berger. And my friend Wanda and I were teaching high school English and Edward Albee was also directing one of his plays at the Alley Theater. And the Alley Theater often has a program for teachers combined with a Saturday matinee. And so… we went.
It did not occur to me that somehow Wanda and I would end up eating lasagna and garlic bread on paper plates at a table for four which consisted of Edward Albee, Sidney Berger, Wanda and me. And yet, we did. I think Wanda told them about North Carolina, where she is from. Possibly I said the lasagna is yummy. I mean really, what does one say in these moments? Albee drank a Diet Coke. (These are the kinds of details I remember.) Had I already been published, I might have had something else to say, but probably not because that’s how lame I am.
Once in a while when life gets dull, I remind Wanda that once we ate lasagna with EDWARD ALBEE. On paper plates. With Diet Coke.
2. I shook hands once with the late actor Jimmy Stewart. (He was alive at the time.) He was very kind and very tall and very tan.
3. The main thing I remember about meeting former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn was that they were both very petite. (at least at the time)
4. I also once met actor Cary Grant. (He was also alive at the time) He was also very tall and very kind and very tanned.