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American Folklore Theatre: Experiencing what makes a 'sensible' theater

3:05 PM, Aug. 20, 2013
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This summer I played piano for the American Folklore Theatre shows in Peninsula State Park.

I'd saunter into the open-air amphitheater in the early evenings with plenty of time to spare, ample time to catch up on gossip with cast-members, pop-corn sellers, ushers and strangers; time to unfailingly visit the backstage coffee pot that's indefatigably stoked by our AFT interns who unwittingly signed up for summer serfdom; time also to lead our daily vocal warm-up and microphone check on stage.

When showtime eventually arrived, I always felt thoroughly relaxed, ready to enjoy the next 90 ...

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