(Originally posted February 28, 2013)
A few months after I decided to remain in Paris, fate and my muse collided one eventful afternoon as I was walking from work to the Metro. I passed a small café-théâtre. I noticed a group of English-speaking people waiting in a line outside. My curiosity got the best of me and I wandered over and asked what was going on. A British young lady with clipboard in hand told me they were auditioning for a play in English to be performed at that very venue. She asked me if I wanted to read and being that I didn’t have another thing to do that afternoon, I said yes. I waited, finally read and, after being told to wait around, was informed that I had the part if I wanted it. I found out that the production was an avant-garde, three-character one act that was being put on by a Canadian lady who thought there might be money to be had presenting English theater in Paris. I accepted to play the role, not realizing that my life was going to drastically change after that one afternoon.
We rehearsed the play and presented it for 5 performances. The drama critic from the International Herald Tribune newspaper attended and gave us a tepid review. We had a few people who attended but not enough to convince the Canadian lady that she should continue her endeavors to present English-language theater in Paris.
The young people who ran the café-théâtre were very disappointed as they had never sold so much wine and beer before. The Canadian impresario in the meantime had already split. They asked me if I wanted to put on a play at their café-théâtre. I of course said yes.
Saying “yes” is the first law to getting anywhere in the world of writing. Roger, as you will find out in future blogs, simply couldn’t utter that word yet became wildly successful. Hence, the title of my new book: ROGER SHOULD HAVE SAID YES.
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