the occasional thoughts of a theater fan
Christopher Plummer. His evolution from captain to father made an avid fan of my eight-year-old self when I first saw "The Sound of Music" in 1965. But my slightly older self gained the proper respect and admiration as well. So the opportunity to be in the audience for a conversation about his life and career this past June was a can't-miss for me.
Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company, conducted the chat~and it really did feel like a delightful "chat," not a formal presentation. Mr. Plummer was endearingly soft-spoken and unassuming, with an infectious laugh. In fact, the best parts of the evening for me were the times that he was chuckling so hard that the audience just couldn't help but start laughing along, without even having heard the "punch line."
There's no way I could truly capture the life journey he took us on for that 90 minutes, but here are ten of my favorite "points" of this true star:
Every story Christopher Plummer told had the audience riveted, and the time flew. I know I wasn't alone in being captivated by this legendary actor; the multitude of stories alone was an embarrassment of riches. But it was his genuineness, humor, self awareness and willingness to be open and vulnerable with respect to his struggles with ego and alcohol, that really drew me in. This was one instantaneous standing ovation that I felt honored to be on my feet for!
Thanks to Michael Kahn and The Shakespeare Theatre Company for the wonderful evening!