Cast: Teresa Crimmins, Sandy Seaberg,
Jerry Allman, Daniel Wilson, Michael Gros, Paul Lauterjung, Kieran
Nolan, Margurite Reed, Linda Zeilberger, Nathan Beltner, John Schwent,
Tracy Ryan, Jim Hall, Roger Marumoto, John Schwent, Rosie Lewis, David
Wilson, Patricia Berry, Nikki Shirm, Sandy Ivanovsky, Janice LaVergne;
director Patricia Berry. The lower-right picture in the layout is a
mirror-image of the original. The page editor must have asked me to
reverse it so that the characters face into the page instead of out.
Or maybe I suggested it. It was a simple matter of flipping over the
film negative in the enlarger during printing.
Flower Drum Song
The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song is about
the clash between the Chinese and
American cultures in San Francisco Chinatown. It has several memorable
tunes such as "Grant Avenue" and "I Enjoy Being a Girl." (Well, at least I remember them.) My favorite
scene is where the elderly Chinese family patriarch, played by Mike
Gros, is asked by the police to identify a robber, but he can't because
"all white men look alike."
My friend Dwight Dunaway
was a set designer for the play. He thought it would be good to make
some Chinese family association banners for one of the scenes. So I had
my parents create some large banners using IBM computer fanfold paper
with authentic Chinese calligraphy written in large characters across
the paper. But instead of saying something like "Wong Family Association
Good Fortune," it had an old saying, "Loud
Farts Not Smelly, Smelly Farts Not Loud." Another banner said "Mr.
a Great Master Teacher," but with the characters in reverse order,
which in Chinese tradition is like saying "Mr. Hershey Is a Great
Teacher -- NOT -- ha, ha."
Dwight and I had visions of a few literate Chinese audience members
cracking up. However, the banners ended up not being used in the play, except at one rehearsal.