I share with you today -at last - I almost laughed my head off; Unfortunately I can say so humorously as I had heard. A theatre manager published a book, about the theatre where he used to work. It happened at the presentation of the book. One of the best actors -who can play drama, comedy ,etc. everything and he didn’t lose his talent though he is 78.
He was addressed to say something about this theatre where he is playing now. He began that he has a gold -rule that he never drinks alcohol on the day when he is playing. But, once happened an exception. He went to hunt in the dawn. And he met a company of hunters who offered him a glass of brawn wishy-washy. They were so nice that he didn’t refuse it. And as he drink it was very heady. He asked what it was? Nut-brandy -they told. I 've never drunk, it is very strong-he told.
But this evening he had to play. And he went to the scene and he could not utter a syllable. He played this play more than a year. He asked the prompter to help him. But he didn’t remember anything. After he asked the prompter that " Have I ever played this play?" Yes- Maestro you have been playing it for more then a year. He said to himself " I saw inside of my head, and this is so empty than an empty barrel ".
Then the director said: " here is your written role and read out."
He began, and the moment that he saw the text , in a flash it all became clear to him and he played better than whenever before. He carried his written text to the end of the play.
As he told us this afternoon as the hall resounded with the hee-haw of people. And I was very happy that I had a good laugh - I could really do with a good laugh.