Sunday, May 27, 2012


Em asks John Cullum to read aloud the speech she wrote for Cyrano, in her adaptation of the Rostand play. For Em, this speech represents what an artist stands for. The words are her own personal credo.

All the projects that John Cullum and Em created, mounted, and produced together are the high points in the time they've shared. Even now, looking back, or looking ahead to future undertakings, "CYRANO" is the number one favorite.


Anonymous said...

Wow! This was great both written by you Em and rad by John...amazing,uplifting, and wonderful.
John's voice is so commanding and directional-soft and then loud when needed as needed. Best piece of work I have heard in a long time....see where you traveled all around with this and was a success! kam

Carola said...

What a treat to hear John act. And what a great speech you wrote, Emily.

Linda Phillips said...

Brava and Bravo! JC is right. You are a marvelous playwright and he is a marvelous actor! What a treat!

Deirdre said...

Fantastic, both of you. Boy that took me back and yes, I vote tour again. Emily what a fantastic job you did with that play. And John, every night was new and wonderful. You gave over 100 performances and it never got old.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the clip very much.

Watching JC's wonderful performance, combined with reading your description of being a traveling performer with your first husband, made me think of one of my favorite passages from John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley.

Somewhere in a remote part of North Dakota, Steinbeck encounters a gentleman who travels the country pulling a small camper trailer, and performing anywhere he can raise an audience. He has studied Sir John Gielgud's delivery of The Ages of Man, and performs it for his scattered audiences.

He has written a letter to Gielgud sometime in the past telling him about his act. In a very touching moment, he pulls out Sir John's carefully folded reply and proudly shows it to Steinbeck. That's my favorite part of the book. It starts on page 145.

Anyway, keep up the good work, JC & Em