September 02, 2004

The Black Rider

Matt, Adrian, Rosemarie, Michael, Canon 300D

I saw the most magnificent show last night called The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets. It is a musical fable created by Tom Waits (music and lyrics), William Burroughs (text) and Robert Wilson (director extraordinaire). The result is the most surreal, magical theater experience I have ever witnessed.

My friend Matt McGrath (pictured on the far left) plays the lead (Wilhelm) so I was invited to go with my dear ones (pictured above) on opening night. It was such a thrill! As I waited outside, Tracy Chapman walked in, then Winona Ryder, and then we sat down next to Sean Penn... My starstruckometer was going crazy.

The show was unbelievably rich with humor, mystery and brilliant acting and storytelling. Matt is a genius on the stage. If you live in the Bay Area, you MUST go see it. Oh, and I didn't mention that Marianne Faithfull plays the devil. How can you miss this?!

Posted on September 2, 2004 08:44 AM

Goodness! Who is Michael, pictured on the far right. What a knock-your-socks-off handsome man....

Posted by: Morgan at September 4, 2004 09:56 PM

I am blisfully on vacation, and I think I'm tempted to change directions and come up your way just to see this theatrical production. It sounds awesome!!! You are so lucky to get the inside track to all the coolest events. I love Tom Waits. His stuff can be a bit off the wall...but is always top notch. I would also love to see Marianne Faithfull as the devil. That alone, would be worth the price of admission. maybe a trip to SF does need to be in my future......

Posted by: Julia at September 3, 2004 09:08 PM

Sean Penn and Winona Ryder? I would have FREAKED. You are just too cool. How do you find out about this stuff?

Posted by: Caroline at September 3, 2004 07:00 AM

Hey Andrea, your friend Matt looks like a guy that was in the movie 'The Anniversary Party' he the same guy?

Posted by: Jennifer at September 3, 2004 06:52 AM

I swear I'm driving my ass down there when I get back to States...I saw a rehearsal review in some magazine awhile ago. And I started whooting like like a loon and saying, "Oh man, oh maaaaaannn..."

Posted by: Tchatchke at September 3, 2004 06:15 AM

O. O. O. *drooling* What I wouldn't give . . . . thanks at least for sharing so I know magic is happening in the world-- even if I cannot partake. *sigh*

Posted by: bluepoppy at September 3, 2004 06:04 AM

I so wish I could see this - however, being a continent and an ocean away I won't be able to make it. Have you heard of the Danish production of the play 'Woyzeck', with music by Tom Waits? I saw this in Copenhagen and it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. They've been going on tours with it, I know they've been in NYC - perhaps someone over there has even seen it?

Posted by: Anja at September 3, 2004 01:46 AM

Hi andy,

I remember being lucky enough to see that in Brooklyn in 1993 with my friend Ondra. I remember Tom Waits, Robert Wilson and Burroughs were there for the opening and you could see them all sitting together. I almost didn't make the show, had to take 2 cabs and a train and I had to leave my rucksak behind the ticket counter..and i think I was a little drunk too. What a time. I remember I got home and painted and wrote for about 3 days. It was and still is one of the most inspiring operas I have enjoyed. I still listen to the soundtrack when i am driving alone late at night. You have to be alone to do this though because that is the kind of experience, like most Tom Waits experiences that make most others want to throw up...
Thanks for letting me know it is showing again- I'd really love to make it down to see that one.

Love James

Posted by: James Tegeder at September 2, 2004 09:10 PM

ah...sounds good..make me wish to be a city girl again...

Posted by: fern at September 2, 2004 03:30 PM

Ohh waoooo! How exiting!
I agree! You lead an exiting/good life!
Keep enjoying!

Posted by: Bianca at September 2, 2004 02:53 PM

I seem to be coming into SF at the wrong time. There are no shows on Monday night and I come in too late on Friday. It's tragic. You lead such a good life, superhero :)

Posted by: JC at September 2, 2004 12:05 PM