I'm in the midst of unpacking all sorts of boxes. Stuff that has been in storage for years. I found pics from old shows I did, programs, scrap books, etc. That's right! I was an actor back in the day. What? Don't believe me? Check out the Puerto Rican Elvis below.
That's me as "Indio" in West Side Story back in '99. No, I didn't have short hair back then. It's a wig. Yep. They cast me with my long hair and decided to wig me. Guess they wanted me pretty badly, eh? Or they were just short on real ethnic types. Seriously, out of the Shark gang, there were maybe 4 of us that could pass. Me and 3 guys whom were actually of Latino descent. The rest were 3 Jewish guys and our "Bernardo" looked like Fred Flintstone. No lie.
My poor costuming girls. It took 2 of them 20 minutes each show to braid my hair into about 8 parts. Tie those parts up. And then pin the shit out of it all when applying the wig. But, let me tell you, they were good at their job. At times, I felt like they got lazy and just staple gunned the wig to me. I still have trouble with cognitive thinking sometimes. I think. Maybe. And if you don't know, WSS is a very physical show with all of the dance numbers and the big fight. All of the flips and turns and pratfalls and climbing and jumping...the wig stayed on.
Some great stories from this show. So many I could share. Some funny. Some scary. Some possibly illegal. For another time though. I'll leave you with this.
Sperm to worm. Womb to tomb.