Actual Post Date: 2004-08-19. Harry (II) was the first monologue I performed in class. I do not remember if this was the first day of call or later. I did not start a journal until, well, May 10th. It was probably earlier because of what I say on May 17th entry. I do remember I was nerves as hell. But with a little direction, coach says I did well. Chris Cole Harris is a great acting coach. I do know that I loved acting just a few weeks into the class.
Title: Harry (II)
Source: 2 Minutes and Under
Author: Glenn Alterman
Description: Harry – 30’s-40’s – a furnished basement in Brooklyn. Harry and Mort have been close friends most of their lives. These tow small time, wheeler-dealers are now involved in a drug deal which Harry has set up. When Mort expresses some doubts about the deal, here Harry tries to reassure him everything will be okay.
Harry: That’s right, that’s right. I did teach you how to ride a bike. Million years ago. I was older, I knew how, so I taught you. S’just like tonight, Mort. I made the contact, set it up, did everything. Everything! Now I’m handing it to you on a gold platter. All you gotta do is hand ’em the money. Then they give us the stuff, dosey-doe. Then tomorrow we go to Louie. Give him what we got, make a fuckin’ fortune. So simple. S’like ridin’ a bike all the way to the bank. An’ don’t think for a minute I’m makin’ any money here. Nah. Feh, a finder’s fee for gettin’ you two together. Small change, believe me. Won’t even pay for the kids’ bar mitzvah lessons. Where as you, you’ll make more than double, triple, what’cha put in. It’s a gift I’m givin’ you. For Shirley and little Sheila. Little gift from Uncle Harry. Now stop worryin’ for God’s sake, and here, have some more coke.
On April 19th 2004, I began an acting class at the Pinckneyville Community Center. And this was after it had been delayed a week. I guess I decided to take the class to find out if I could do it. I had thought over the past few years that acting might be a lot of fun. When I was in high school, I thought being in a rock band would be a lot of fun as well. Yes, I was in a band or two for a little while, but in the end I did the “responsible” thing and went to college. Do I regret that decision? Maybe, I don’t know.
So maybe that is why I am doing acting now. I can take a class and still feel like I am doing my responsible duty. To whom? Myself? Society? Parents? Relatives? Well, 10 minutes till class.