Tuesday, February 22, 2011

stephen remembers david

At Monday's table reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis'  Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, I noticed the dedication at the front of the script...


And I remembered part of Butch Honeywell's monologue from the end of The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot...
A little later I'm sittin' on the couch when this girl -- my future wife -- she just comes up to me by herself and she says: "I saw you in that play the other night. You made me cry".... Two days later, we went out on a date....On the way back, I was driving her home, and we passed by this house where my friend Dave Hoghe used to live who had died ... I hadn't been by his house since he passed. The family didn't live there no more. But when I saw the house, I got struck with this feeling, and I asked her if she wouldn't mind if we just pulled up in front of that house and just sat for a moment. She said; "Sure". So I parked, and we just sat in the car for a while. Quiet. Not sayin' nothin. And before I knew it, Mister Iscariot, I was tearing up -- cuz this kid, he had been a real good friend of mine, ya know -- and then, I just started crying, Mister Iscariot, I couldn't help myself and I couldn't shut it off. And I was real embarrassed, and she just, she just held me while tears and snot and whatnot just poured outta me and on to her little white sweater... And she didn't mind about that ... She didn't mind at all ..."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

dave was a good friend of mine from college, who went on to help my company, LAByrinth, in the early days when we struggled fr funding and audiences. he was a real good guy who died in a sad way, and died far too young. so i recognize him when i can in print... thanks, stephen adly guirgis

Ron Reed said...

Absolutely. I figured there must be a personal connection.

Nice that you found our blog. Rehearsals started Monday for JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN, and wow - exhilarating. Also, plans are in motion for five Vancouver theatre companies to work together to put up a fully mounted version of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT next spring, which we produced as a two-week staged reading in fall 2009. You're the cat's pajamas around here these days, Mr G!

Anonymous said...

I walked by his former Morton Street apartment the other day, and he has been on my mind since then. Miss you David...