Yes, the cast and crew of Prairie Home Companion arrived in Reykjavik a few days ago and last night held their first live performance in Iceland. I have never been a huge fan, but that did not stop me from going as
A. I was not a fan primarily because I had never really listened to it growing up. Therefore, figured I should hear more about it.
B. I was going through yet another "I am bored out of my mind, what am I going to do for another two years here day"
C. The ticket was free!
Fear not, the boredom is not due to Iceland itself, but rather mitigating factors that I am going to not discuss for the moment. Or perhaps I will just create an anonymous site somewhere so I can completely go off on the lack of ...oops, there I go again!
So, after we watched the live show (that was 3 hours long, not 2 as we originally thought), we headed to the Ambassador's Residence for a reception for the cast and crew at the none-too-early hour of 11 p.m.. All but John C. Reilly, a special guest, were in attendance. It was very nice (read: yummy appetizers and interesting people!) and we were able to mix and mingle for several hours.
I was quite impressed with the work of one cast member in particular, the sound effects person, Fred Newman. He has a MBA from Harvard and has been a part of tons of films and shows using nothing more than his body and a few select items to create some pretty amazing sounds. I was impressed not only with his work, but also his manner. He was extremely friendly and even tried to insist we had met before. Well, no, but okay, I am all for pretending my life is more exciting than it is at the moment.
I thought I got a picture with Fred, but may have only been with Garrison. So, the first picture is other Embassy staffers, Garrison and myself and the second is of the two of us. And, now, perhaps I should try to get some sleep. Or, what the heck, maybe I will just stay up and enjoy the remaining 22 minutes of our ninth wedding anniversary watching Band of Brothers with Peter...or not...
Oh! If you want to hear the show that will be broadcast on Saturday May 20, check out their site here to locate your station!