"Neither rain nor snow nor sleet"....yep, it was cold and rainy after the performance of "Wit" starring Cynthia Nixon, and it didn't surprise me that I was the only one waiting at the stage door at first, clutching my umbrella in one hand and attempting to keep my Playbill dry with the other. By the way, I will still admit to feeling a bit uncomfortable if I'm the only fan waiting, but I'm almost always happy I've overcome the awkwardness and had the chance to meet the cast.
In this case, the play moved me deeply, and I really wanted to let the actors know how much I appreciated their efforts; particularly Cynthia. Her performance was absolutely fearless; she made this raw, resilient, fragile brilliant woman dying of cancer so real and so relatable. And she stripped naked at the end, fully lit~bald from head to toe, so to speak. I was in awe and wanted to thank her.
Every actor who exited was happy to sign and chat about the show (despite all of us getting progressively damper :)). But I was completely starstruck when Cynthia emerged. As is often the case with seeing actors off stage after the show, she seemed tiny in comparison to the seemingly huge and formidable presence she had on stage. A baseball cap covered her bald-in-real-life pate and it was clear the show takes so much out of her; yet she was so appreciative that people had waited in the rain for her (I had been joined by several others by this time), and was kind enough to thank us individually and talk about how much the show meant to her as well. No question, she's beautiful, hair or no hair. By the way, I saw her with her wife at a show recently (now 3 months later) and she was dressed up for the evening and I almost didn't recognize her with her hair grown back!
Stage Door Tales
Every stage door has a story.