I was having dinner with friends last night, celebrating a birthday at "Upstairs on the Square", that truly lovely restaurant in Harvard Square.
As I sat in their dining room, I realized that this was the former home of the short-lived, but awesome Market Theatre, the brain-child of affluent theatre-lover Greg Carr, which had, I think, two short, adventurous seasons before closing to become the home of the aforementioned restaurant.
We were seated in what was the old lobby, and where the tiny stage was is now the restaurant's bar.
I remember I was in their first show, "The Imperialists at the Club Cave Canem", a very experimental piece by Charles Mee, directed by his daughter Erin. It featured the very cool band Neptune making some crazy sound sculptures in between scenes.
I had a short monologue at the top of the play called "Rindecilla", which was quite fun.
I went to visit Charles Mee's web-site to try and find it, but it's no longer there (it was before, I swear!)
Btw, you can go there to check out Charles Mee's plays (and re-write them, if you wish).
Here's the web-site:
He wrote this about his plays, which I like:
"I like plays that are not too neat, too finished, too presentable. My plays are broken, jagged, filled with sharp edges, filled with things that take sudden turns, careen into each other, smash up, veer off in sickening turns. That feels good to me. It feels like my life. It feels like the world."
And you can find out more about Neptune at: www.neptuneband.com