Yesterday I travelled up to Holland, Michigan for the last show of my tour at Hope College. I fell in love with the little town of Holland last year and was so happy to return. The staff and students at Hope were just as welcoming and excited for Playfair as I remembered. It was the perfect way to end a great trip. Even better, my aunt and uncle drove over from Ann Arbor to watch me in action and then spend Sunday touring the town. We hit up the scenic dutch windmill and the beach on Lake Michigan.
Today I got to meet up with the amazing Chris Richards, master of Playfair himself. Last year we each did two shows at George Mason, and this year we each did three! They have a large incoming class and they tackle the day by splitting them into groups and rotating them around campus. During my last show my parents were able to stop by and watch me in action! They drove down from Pennsylvania and after the shows we met up with my Uncle who lives in Fairfax to have a lovely dinner - a meal well earned!
Today was an insane travel day. I got up at the crack of dawn in the dark and the rain to drive four hours back across Ohio to Cincinnati to return my rental car and fly to Baltimore, where I picked up a new rental car and drove another two hours to Chestertown, MD for my show at Washington College. I did this school last year and I was so excited to return to the the quaint little town of Chestertown. It's a very historic east coast town that reminds me of where I grew up in Connecticut. And the students and assistants that I get at this school are so helpful and cheerful. After a great show...
I drove to Gambier, OH last night to meet up with Fran De Leon, and this morning we got up bright and early to put on the Will & Company show Faces of America at Kenyon College. Fran performed beautifully and I ran the slideshow. We had a lovely lunch before I had to drive down to Marietta, OH to do a Playfair at Marietta College. Two colleges, two different theater companies, one day!
I had a day off today so I decided to head down to somewhere I'd never been....Nashville, Tennessee! I knew I had arrived once I started seeing statues, paintings, signs and everything made out of guitars!
I got to stick around the same city for once, just moving hotels in Louisville this morning. Matt Weinstein joined me again to film a bit of my show at Bellarmine University. The kids at Bellarmine know how to part-ay! They were a super fun and super rowdy bunch wearing leis. Their theme for orientation is Red-White-and-BU and their enthusiasm inspired me!
Drove back across Indiana today to get to Louisville, KY to do a show with the ever cool Sean Moran. He DJ's right from his iPad and the kids go nuts for his music. It was an honor to do a show with him. And we hit up the town for some of that Kentucky Bourbon after the show!