It was quite the experience... I am so glad I went. I won Det. Frank Cooper's name plate from the police headquarters. I didn't get to that many cast members, because the lines were too long...Figuring that I would not be able to get near Jessica Leccia during the autograph session, I snuck to the stage, and gave her a gift I had for her baby, a singing Spanish mouse about a foot tall (or for those of us of a certain age bracket 'Topo Giggio,' from the Old Ed Sullivan Show). She appreciated it. The first table I went to had Fiona Hutchison and 'Coop,' who flew in from California. Olivia's 'daughter' was so cute, she signed my final cast photo, as well. She is a darling, and told me that she is in the 4th grade. I was able to ask EJ Bonilla a nagging question, and that was regarding how Rafe could enlist while being a Diabetic...he said that Rafe was no longer insulin dependent, and therefore, could join. EJ and 'James Spaulding' had a running little bet to settle between themselves...they asked all the male fans, 'from a male perspective, who was the better guy for Daisy?' I said, Rafe...so, EJ chalked up my answer and said that, at that point, the two were running neck and neck. I wonder who eventually won the bet.
I wish that the actor who played James Spaulding would wear something other than his striped tee-shirt. He had the same one on when he was interviewed on TV during the Pittsburgh, recently.
I didn't spend as much on the raffle prizes...sort of short on cash this month...One of the more interesting prizes was the architectural/construction model from Lewis Construction. The fan club president said, "Whoever wins this, I hope you're not going to the airport." That thing was huge.
Noticeably absent, 'Bizzie,' both Daniel Cosgrove and Marcy Rylan, Buzz and Hawk. Oh, big surprise, Jordan Clarke has grown a moustache!
A couple of laughs, in the beginning, Grant Alexsander and Frank DiCoupolos were referring to Allan's death scene in the park...they attributed his stiffness to too much Viagra.
The cast was introduced alphabetically, Frank DiCoupolos said 'coming out next is Oleg Cassidy, oh, wait a minute, she's already come out!' As for Frank's next
job, he simply said, "Do you want fries with that, sir?"
At another point, Frank had a one-sided phone conversation, where he was 'coaching Marcy Rylan through labor.'
Afterwards, I went to the Apothecary Theater's Staged Reading with Grant Alexander, 'Daisy,' Kim, and Tom Pelphrey...
Because of my physical disability, the Apothecary Theater arranged for me to have a wheelchair during the performance, which was most helpful, because I had had a long day, waiting on the lines, and at one point, almost passed out, while waiting to see Caitlin and her TV mom...Doris was a little leary about having her picture taken with me because I was wearing my 'Jeffrey O'Neill for Mayor' button. I did not get that many autographs, the lines were so long, and even though we had been cautioned, in the beginning, to keep the lines moving, they really didn't.
I left at about 4:10pm, figuring that I wouldn't be able to get too many other cast members. I was pooped. As the autograph session started, I did see the head writer, wearing her trademark big floppy hat. I did not see her interacting with anyone, however, she did wave and acknowledge me, remembering having seen me at the Paley Center in August. As I was unsure of how to get down to the Tom Pelphrey event, I leisurely made my way to the subway. When I got to the Downtown Marriott, I treated myself to a lowfat Banana Chocolate Chip muffin and Strawberry Banana smoothie. I was starved, I didn't eat the entree at the luncheon.
The Apothecary Theatre event:
It was a Dark Comedy, the staged reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Grant's southern/hillbilly accent. The play was set in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1960. Suffice it to say, that, as the play progressed, 'The *** of Springfield was revealed as 'the *** of Terre Haute.' At the supposed, big reveal moment, when Kim's character confesses to her husband that her younger son is not his, Grant's character is non-chalantly peeling an apple, and says, "Yep, I knew." I loved Grant's southern/hillbilly drawl.