Thursday, May 23, 2013

MY Life in the Theater: ROAD, Jim Cartwright






We saw this at the ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATER in Manchester, England in 1994ish. It dealt with the plight of the working poor under the Thatcher regime a decade earlier. Jim Cartwright directed it himself. I think it has a pretty successful  history of performance since the mid-eighties.

11 comments:

Gerard said...

Maggie Thatcher Song, http://youtu.be/WnCIc3W9cH4

Peter Rozovsky said...

Patti, did you used to live in a house in New Hope that is now a B&B?

Charles Gramlich said...

Jim Cartwright! Any relation to Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe? :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Pete-Porches was the house of my husband's grandfather and uncle. His mother's childhood home. You would never recognize it from all of the great renovations they have done.
I grew up in Philly and worked in New Hope in the summers. I lived in a house off Mechanic Street on New Street.
Did you have fun? I hope Farley's is doing well. I think about them often.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - I'd heard of this one but hadn't seen it. Now you're making me curious about it again.

Peter Rozovsky said...

Patti: I am at Porches now! It's where I stayed last night.

The event went well, i'll hope to have more of them, and I bought four books from Farley's. One of its owners was one of last night's author/readers, so you know the guy is deeply involved with books.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Isn't that weird? The Readings owned the house from the teens until the late eighties, I think. I think there is a picture of Phil's mother still there somewhere. My good friend, Lynda Jeffrey Plott stays there all the time. Perhaps she is down the hall. Her mother Adi Kent Jeffrey wrote a book or more about the ghosts of New Hope and led a ghost tour that I think still runs.
Sadly now it is Lambertville that is considered the nicer town across the river. I worked in a restaurant right on the Delaware for two summers. On Bridge Street right as you cross. Phil's Dad owned a luncheonette on Main Street, also gone.

Anonymous said...

The only play/movie of Cartwright's I am familiar with is the odd LITTLE VOICE.


Jeff

Peter Rozovsky said...

Patti: The owner mentioned the name Reading, and the also said there was a newsstand named Abbott's. Maybe he meant the luncheonette.

I found out about the connection to your family from Dennis Tafoya. I told him where I was staying, and he said, "I think that's Megan's childhood house." He was close enough.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It was a news stand and luncheonette. Megan went there every summer as a kid but she never stayed there, always in Jenkintown at my parents' place. My husband lived there off and on over the years. They were two sweet men and I am glad two lovely men own it now. It needed so much work to get to what it is today. And it's about triple the size since they turned the barn and a shed into more rooms.
Have to get back there someday soon.

Peter Rozovsky said...

It's quite nice. I'd come back.