In the 80’s we had season tickets at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida and on January 16, 1981 the show The Elephant Man (by Bernard Pomerance) was inaugurating the newly renovated, 266-seat mainstage. I am not sure how many of you are familiar with this play, if not you must go check it out now. Let me preface this by saying that the Hippodrome is a theatre in the round, audience on three sides, and we had seats about six rows up center left. On this night a dear family friend and myself sat between my mother and my father with me being next to mom. If you know the play you will recall that there is a pretty intense scene where the woman disrobed in front of the elephant man. The way they staged the scene at the Hippodrome the young actress had her back to the section we were sitting in that night. As you would expect the theatre was extremely quiet at this particular moment when all of a sudden my mom in a not so quiet voice says “Tell your father we are sitting on the wrong side.” As you might imagine at least half the audience burst in to laughter and as a teenager I was trying to melt into my seat. Our sincere apology to the fine actors but reflecting on this moment it was very funny and a great memory of my mom.
Cherish the moments,