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Thespis Ate Here
“Is it possible disdain should die while she has
such meet food to feed it on as Benedick?”
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Sense memories often collide with recall as the
tattered pages of the past reassert themselves.
In the mid-70’s, when I was actually paid to be an
actor, I was on a Bus & Truck Tour sent out by the
Seattle Rep, performing in a classic comedy, SEVEN
KEYS TO BALDPATE, originally done by Jack Benny
We were on the road for six weeks, performing in four
Western states. One of the stops was in Winnemucca,
Nevada, setting up the show in the Richard Nixon Civic
Auditorium. This is a high desert town, famous for its
colorful cluster of casinos & cathouses.
Actors only get Mondays off, and during one about eight
of the cast visited a local Cajun restaurant. Oddly it was
set up with long lines of white-washed picnic tables. It
was family dining, with no menu. You paid a flat rate &
they brought you whatever they were serving that day.
It was “all you could eat”. As a vibrant group of mostly
young & always hungry Thespians, we were delighted.
There were four servers, and they started off with tall
chilled pitchers of wine, juices, & soft drinks. Then
came a cavalcade of salads--classic green, caesar,
fruit and pasta. Ten minutes later they bought out huge
hot platters of meat--beef steaks, chicken, & pork roast,
accompanied by steaming pots of vegetables--green
beans cooked with bacon, broccoli dripping in tangy
cheese, & asparagus spears seasoned with Cajun
spices. In addition there were several kinds of potato
& rice dishes. We devoured the food as if we had just
broken a fast. When we were stuffed, they cleared the
tables and brought forth the rich desserts--cakes, pies
Two years ago I revisited the spot where that restaurant
had been. It had changed to a Mexican establishment, so
we ate there anyway. As I munched my enchiladas, my
mind buzzed with the particulars of that fabulous feast
from forty years before.
Meals from the past must
remain there since memories
have no calories.
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