When I was a tot I called my security blanket...which was actually a pillowcase, my "Frau" pillow. The personal etymology is a mystery to me now.  Nor did I know what the word Frau meant at the time...I just said it to describe my unwashed pillowcase.  But what is ironic (and how in the world could I have known at 2 years old?) is that my Frau; (the person I would choose to spend the rest of my life with) would, over time actually become my adult security blanket.  Most of the time, unless it’s just impossible, Cathy will accompany me to auditions, shoots and performances.  She provides the strength and confidence which I tend to lack when going into an unfamiliar environment.  The present day is one of those rare occasions where our schedules just didn’t jive.  I now sit in a hotel at 9PM, six hours from home…A jaunt I started at  Noon today, leaving my niece and nephew playing a game of "Hotbox" that I started with them at my home, then had to leave it to them while I drove through gray ominous clouds and drizzly rain, with a well-timed Astro game on XM...which...thank god, went into extra innings...and without my greatest security blanket…her.  She was here on the previous trip, and so I became somewhat familiar with the “routine” and the friendly faces that this particular production has to offer.  So it’s not as daunting as I make it seem.  Still, when we got here last time it was so festive…on the eve of making magic on a film set…tequila shots, great Cajun food, laughs…This time I’m just tired.  My call is EARLY tomorrow morning.  I have to be in the van headed to the set at 6:30.  So…it’s a subway sandwich instead of voodoo shrimp this time…a little HBO and some sleep, rather than rounds of celebration in neon shot glasses with my lady.  ...well...um...ok, maybe I'll just have ONE on my own, just for the sake of tradition...wink wink...
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KWB's Security Blanket
 
 
Body Awareness enjoys a healthy run and some great reviews, but the second week into the run is no time to relax.  The cast and crew of the upcoming play BUG by Tracey Letts will reunite today for the first time since shocking the world...or at least Austin, Texas with KILLER JOE last Summer.  This is an extremely talented group of folks, but more than that, I cannot wait to be in the company of their friendship again.  There is an intangible called chemistry that, if lucky enough to have, lends itself to the  overall excellence of a production.  This is what we had with KILLER JOE..and there is no mistaking the feeling of chemistry that I have with these folks.  God willing lightening can and will strike twice in this particular instance.
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Opening Night of KILLER JOE with cast and Crew
 
 
With the first two hectic days of shooting on DRIVE ANGRY in Shreveport, LA. out of the way (which in included blood squibs, hard falls, deafening shotgun blasts, a bloody icky gross looking prosthetic knee and a hilarious car salesman toupee,  Cathy and I made the "Angry" 4AM, six hour "Drive" back to Austin just in time to get a long nap and then head to Hyde Park Theatre to open the new play I'm in by Annie Baker called BODY AWARENESS.  Tired is an understatement.  Good times.  Thank you FIVE HOUR ENERGY!!!
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KWB bloody and broken on the set of DRIVE ANGRY