Theatre L’Homme Dieu 2019

May 4

All the world’s a stage.  ~  William Shakespeare

tlhd 2019

And Run for the Roses is the prelude to the season . . .

2019 Summer Season
Theatre L’Homme Dieu celebrates its 59th Season with Musicals, Comedies, and Dramas, as well as a Curated Concert Series, bringing Minnesota’s Greatest Artists + Arts Organizations to the Lakes Area.
2019 Theatre Series
Bright Star – June 25 – 30
Shapeshift – July 9 – 13
Til Death – July 16 – 20
Kevin Kling – July 23 – 27
Church Basement Ladies – August 6 – 10
2019 Concert Series
Neil Diamond (Matt Vee) – July 5
Glen Campbell (Jeff Dayton) – July 31
Six Appeal – August 14 – 15

[The day’s event unofficially (for us) began at 2:00 with Elsa Lee in the tasting room . . ]

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[The Super’s Run for the Roses bonnet . . . ]

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[My Run for the Roses bonnet . . . ]

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[Elsa . . . ]

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[And before we left for the stables, the Super made this request of Elsa . . . ]

[And then it was over to the stables for the main event.  The Super always promotes early arrivals so she can get the best seats . . . ]

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[Entertainment courtesy of the Salty Dogs . . . ]

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[When you feel like you’ve only got a bit part in your own life, write the script yourself.  ~ Benny Bellamacina]

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[Satisfy people’s desire for the ridiculous and they will accept your idea of  the sublime. Maurice Willson Disher]

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[The Hulk before intermission, Bruce Banner after it.  ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter]

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[The 2019 season in poster, the next three . . . ]

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[What is that unforgettable line?  ~  Samuel Beckett]

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[Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.  ~  Victor Hugo]

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[We discovered that theatre board members also make terrific greeters . . . ]

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[Theatre is a voyage into the archives of the human imagination.  ~  Natasha Tsakos]

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[Look . . . I made a hat where there never was a hat.  ~  Stephen Sondheim]

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[I am interested in the shape of ideas, even if I do not believe in them.  ~  Samuel Beckett]

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[I think the theatre is as essential to civilization as safe, pure water.  ~  Vanessa Redgrave]

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[A shout out to the organizers!]

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[If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.  ~  Shannon L. Alder]

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[Known patrons of the arts . . . ]

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[The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.  ~   Oscar Wilde]

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[An actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself.  ~  Harvey Cocks]

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[Without wine there is no longer love nor any other pleasant thing for men.  ~  Euripides]

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[Without writers, stories would not be written, Without actors, stories could not be brought to life.  ~  Angie-Marie Delsante]

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[Theatre is a voyage into the archives of the human imagination.  ~  Natasha Tsakos]

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[Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand . . . ]

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[And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand  ~  Elton John]

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[Coverage also provided by the local fourth estate . . . ]

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[I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone.  ~  Maggie Smith]

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[Anatomy is to physiology as geography is to history; it describes the theatre of events. Jean Fernel]

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[The theatre, when all is said and done, is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.  ~  H. L. Mencken]

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[Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.  ~  W. R. Inge]

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[It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work — the night watchman.  ~  Tallulah Bankhead]

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[My only regret in the theater is that I could never sit out front and watch me.   ~  John Barrymore]

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[Shift change of board member greeters . . . ]

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[Coughing in the theater is not a repiratory ailment. It is criticism.  ~  Alan Jay Lerner]

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[The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.  ~  Arthur Miller]

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[The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it.  ~  Hunter S. Thompson]

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[But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute-for horses.  ~ Jane Smiley]

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[To pilot a racehorse is to ride a half-ton catapult. It is without question one of the most formidable feats in sport.  ~ Laura Hillenbrand]

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[Come, let’s stroll, Stroll across the floor . . . ]

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[Come, let’s stro-oh-oh-oll, Stroll across the floor  ~  The Diamonds]

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[DNA tests have proven both to be Flying Dutchmen . . . ]

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[And close relatives of the executive director . . . ]

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[The theater is a great equalizer: it is the only place where the poor can look down on the rich.  ~  Will Rogers]

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[This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother.  ~  Ted Walsh]

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[It is best not to swap horses while crossing the river.  ~  Abraham Lincoln]

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[A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.  ~  Ian Flemming]

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[And the award for best dancing couple goes to . . . ]

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[Sin is what is new, strong, surprising, strange. The theatre must take an interest in sin if the young are to be able to go there.  ~  Bertolt Brecht]

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[A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!  ~  William Shakespeare]

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[It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.  ~ Adlai E. Stevenson]

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[The rules . . . ]

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[Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.  ~  W.C. Fields]

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[You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him participate in synchronized diving.  ~  Cuthbert Soup]

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[We thought we had a winner.  Helen bought one raffle ticket and this was it . . . ]

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[She donated her winnings back to the theatre and left for her 30-minute trip home to a distant Alexandria suburb.  I don’t think she knew at the time her horse had been DQ’ed.  But thanks, Helen, it was the thought that counts . . . ]

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[Our hosts, Nicole and Phil . . . ]

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[Readying to announce to awards for . . . ]

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[Scanning the floor for winners . . . ]

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[Still scanning . . . ]

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[Best hat!]

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[Best dressed!]

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[Best original!]

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[Best first-timers (as I recall?)!]

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[Go and play. Run around. Build something. Break something. Climb a tree. Get dirty. Get in some trouble. Have some fun.  ~  Brom, The Child Thief]

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[Also known as patrons of the arts (and wine, as well) . . . ]

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[Even the world’s greatest actor cannot fake an erection.  ~  Mokokoma Mokhonoana]

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[There are those who go to the theatre as they would go to a brothel.  ~  Antonin Artaud]

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[Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.  ~  Derek Landy, Death Bringer)

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[There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.  ~  Andrew Jackson]

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[I didn’t want to spent a lot of close time with someone who believed that fun is a bourgeois indulgence.  ~  Howard Zinn]

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[Yes, this is their second appearance.  I was promised a better seat at the next book club if I did so . . . ]

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[I know. In fact, I am never wrong.  ~   Oscar Wilde]

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[Family, thy name is entertainment . . . ]

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[Food to eat and games to play. Tell me why, tell me why. Serve it out and eat it up. Have a try, have a try.  ~  Brian Jacques]

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[To be able to say, I knew him when . . . ]

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[Well-known couple about town.  As president of the board, Fred would like to thank all the sponsors, contributors, and participants in this event.  Say good-night, Fred.]

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The theater is one of the few places left in the bright and noisy world where we sit in the quiet dark together, to be awake.   ~  Sarah Ruhl

Up next:  A track meet?

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