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Enjoy this op-ed piece written by Penny Seats president Lauren M. London, who will be playing Amalia Balash in the production this summer of She Loves Me, alongside my son Roy Sexton, who will be playing Georg. (The show opens July 26 - click the words "Penny Seats" above to order tickets.) You can read the full version by clicking here...

Below is an excerpt:

"Ann Arbor is more than a 'friendly' Midwestern town; its inhabitants can't stay away from each other. We hold festivals, dance in the streets, run in races, play music, go to shows, publicize lectures, publish books, watch football in the country's largest stadium, eat outside whenever possible and, once a year, we watch life-sized papier maché puppets parade down Main Street....The Penny Seats, one of Ann Arbor's newest theaters, began life two years ago. Honestly, our beginning was not without some trepidation about the sheer number of choices that already exist here. Would we be welcome? Would there be an audience? We needn't have worried...."

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Hopelessly immersed in the recent 13 installment fifth season of the AMC late Sunday evening series “Mad Men”, I weekly revisited the quirky 60s on my dates with dapper, dashing advertising executive “Don Draper” and the gang! And, baby, that cast has got it right! How do I know? I lived, loved, laughed and came of age during that precise decade -- to the maximum!!

Outside of giddily graduating and happily exiting from high school (yay!), getting “pinned” and then engaged during my college career, and marrying husband Don in 1968, the zaniest fun I ever experienced during that decade occurred in the beachy metropolis of Warsaw, Indiana, at an innovative theater–in-the-round…a heady Hollywood Babylonish, episodic adventure for a naive teenager. First, the audition -- my vocal solo earnestly delivered across the living room of that colorful mogul Major Herbert Petrie -- met with approval. I earned a spot as an apprentice!

No longer would I nag Mom and Pop about my mission in life (while leaning forward upon skinned-up elbows and propping a determined chin upon the back of the front seat and swiveling an eager face from one parent to the other) on half hour moon-lit drives home departing the original canvas, Chautauqua-inspired tent-in-a-field productions of “The King and I” and “Plain and Fancy” in 1956. I actually had landed by 1962, successfully catapulting from spectator to center stage! The acting bug seduced another starry-eyed victim. As a 16 year old, I appeared in several musicals in a newly constructed lodge-type theater-in-the-round which had become the next home for the Wagon Wheel Experience well on its way to national renown.

Truthfully, I spent a huge quantity of time hammering nails into wood, assembling “flats”, and slopping paint onto one-dimensional back-drops while crawling around an outback chicken coop doubling as an impromptu classroom-setting for a crash course I snidely referred to as an “Introduction to Stagecraft 101”. However, such rigorous labor assured my choral participation as just another one of the townspeople, singing contralto, in imaginary River City, Iowa and twice in a fictitious New York City. Performing before audiences often including Columbia City Rotary or Kiwanis or Jaycee Clubs or friends and family chauffeured by my convertible-driving brother-in-law, high-school-ism ceased holding any allure for me whatsoever. Although only 25 miles from my own house and its bustling, pleasantly intrusive, seasonal re-modeling Reiff Brothers crew, I imagined myself as distanced (from reality) as Stratford-Upon-Avon itself and fantasized performing the works of Will Shakespeare -- totally hooked….in a good way!

Thus, blissfully adrift in baseball legend/evangelistic preacher Billy Sunday's territory in neighboring Kosciusko County far away from "home sweet home", Susie -- the virginal ingénue and "Marjorie Morningstar" wannabe -- hob-nobbed with Northwestern University co-eds and frat boys, many succeeding eventually as Broadway and television situation comedy stars and starlets. Notably, the MOST enchanting, exciting member of our troupe stood 6’3” and cut a striking figure as flirtatious, athletic, uncommonly handsome and outrageously hilarious. We called this friendly guy “Mac”, short for McLean Stevenson, who hailed from Normal, Illinois. During his second cousin Adlai Stevenson’s bids for the White House, my affable fellow thespian served as press secretary!

Mac, formerly employed as Northwestern's assistant athletic director in Evanston, Illinois, accomplished his first ever professional theatrical stint just up the road as “The Music Man” in 1962, according to "Wikipedia" -- AND according to ME as well! I can vouch for that fun bit of showbiz trivia! Awe-struck, I sang and danced alongside the hunk as he portrayed Professor Harold Hill, conducting a kids' band filled with "Seventy-Six Trombones"!

This down-to-earth, “casual as an old shoe” fellow portrayed Doris Day’s magazine-editor-boss in her 1969-1971 television show, and in 1972 through 1975 -- co-starring with Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers -- his popularity soared as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the Korean War TV sitcom “Mash”. Furthermore, Stevenson substituted for Johnny Carson, while guest hosting the "Tonight Show", a grand total of 58 times -- garnering a wide array of global fans!

Since Ms. Day had stolen my very young heart in her 50s Warner Brothers/MGM musicals, I delighted in viewing her exchange of dialogue each weekly broadcast opposite Mac and considered that my childhood “Pillow Talk” idol was now only disconnected from me by “Six Degrees of Separation”, the maybe preposterous theory that a string of five intermediary human beings link each of us to some other person somewhere on this vast planet! Now, let’s review then. My mom married my dad who voted for Adlai in 1952 and 1956 and who also, in 1962, introduced me to Major Petrie who cast me in a couple of musicals with “Mac” who chased the star of “Calamity Jane” (one of my favorite films) around an office desk on a television show – Hellooooo, Doris! "Que Sera, Sera!"

I survived another decade in “show business” before settling down as a humdrum participant in sometimes dreary real life. However, in late July and early August, our son Roy Sexton will star as Georg Nowack in 1963’s stunning Broadway musical “She Loves Me” reprising a role which James Stewart, Van Johnson, Tom Hanks, and Daniel Massey once tackled. The show opens July 26 and runs three weekends - more info can be found at www.pennyseats.org. So, what possibly might provide more fun that treading the boards myself? No doubt about it, I anticipate -- with glee -- sitting comfortably with an Ann Arbor crowd applauding someone I dearly love who sings on a par with Mario Lanza or Hugh Jackman and whose talent far exceeds my own. Nothing finer, believe me!

* Title's cadence and number of syllables equals that of "MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN GO OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN!" Thanks, Noel Coward! ;D

NOTE: "In the Good Old Summertime": From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

"In the Good Old Summertime" is a 1949 musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It starred Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall.

The film is a musical adaptation of the 1940 film, "The Shop Around the Corner", directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, and written by Miklós László based on his play "Parfumerie". For "In the Good Old Summertime", the locale has been changed from 1930s Budapest to turn-of-the-century Chicago, but the plot remains the same.


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Published on July 12, 2012 04:53 • 202 views • Tags: 1960s, 1968, adlai-stevenson, alan-alda, amalia-balash, amc, ann-arbor, ann-arbor-news, ann-arbor-observer, ann-arbor-summer-fest, ann-arbor-summer-festival, annarbor-com, arts, billy-sunday, bock, brent-stansfield, broadway, brown-paper-tickets, budapest, calamity-jane, cathy-skutch, chicago, chris-whittaker, colonel-henry-blake, columbia-city-rotary, disney, don-draper, don-sexton, doris-day, drex-morton, drexel-morton, edna-duncan, ellen-butler-lawson, ellington-berg, ernst-lubitsch, festifools, georg-nowack, golden-age, harnick, harold-hill, hartland, herbert-petrie, heritage-newspapers, hollywood-babylon, home-sweet-home, illinois, indiana, iowa, jacqui-robbins, jaycees, jenny-fernandez, jerry-harnick, joe-masteroff, johnny-carson, jon-hamm, king-and-i, kiwanis, korean-war, kosciusko-county, lauren-london, lauren-m-london, m-a-s-h, mad-men, major-petrie, marjorie-morningstar, mash, matt-cameron, mclean-stevenson, mgm, michigan, midwestern, music-man, musicals, new-york-city, noel-coward, normal, northwestern, penny-seats, pillow-talk, pinned, plain-and-fancy, press-secretary, que-sera-sera, rachel-green-murphy, reiff, reiff-brothers, rev-drexel-morton, reverend, river-city, roald-dahl, robert-z-leonard, roy-duncan, roy-sexton, rufus-wainwright, russ-schwartz, sean-murphy, secrets-of-an-old-typewriter, seventy-six-trombones, she-loves-me, sheldon-bock, show-business, squawk-back, stratford-upon-avon, susie-duncan-sexton, television, the-avengers, the-penny-seats, theater, theatre, tonight-show, top-of-the-park, victoria-gilbert, wagon-wheel, warner-brothers, warsaw, wayne-rogers, west-park, white-house, wikipedia, william-shakespeare, www-pennyseats-org, zach-london
i sorta believe that i get underestimated every day...and before i die, all that i wish is, in real time, for a handful of sincere apologies from a handful of folks who have blown me off far too often and tried to demean my interests and my beliefs mostly because i am a female.

the prejudice against our gender is undeniable.

the biases against women as "thinkers" is undeniable.

i can hardly wait until we are considered persons...women will be kinder to each other and men will know they must accept us as people. what a day that will be. and i shall sit straight up in my casket when certain folks MAY come to view the body, those who did not give me the time of day when it mattered. they had better stay home! ;D

and i could list them right here right now.

ain't life grand? i think we gotta enjoy it while we are here and not wait for heaven. sure of that! ♥!! this is as close to heaven as we get...real time matters.

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that being said, I am fortunate to have some wonderful, kind souls in my life whose support means the world to me...here are some comments on my most recent "homeward angle" column (you can read it by clicking here) which just thrilled my soul!

Lisa Reiff-Claypool: "Susie Sexton is one confident, talented, intelligent, and classy lady. I'm proud to call her my friend."

Barb Nicholson: "As always, I enjoy Susie's column. This one was especially fun because I always enjoyed MacLean Stevenson’s antics on MASH and it was neat to read how your mom worked with him in the Music Man. Must have been fun time!"

Bob Kellogg: "Enjoyed Susie's article very much! Didn't know she'd been active in the theater. And, have to mention that I played one of the school board (Baritone in the quartet) When the Greensboro community theater produced 'The Music Man' several years ago. It was great fun. Probably my favorite musical."

Kat Kelly-Heinzelman: "Thank you, Roy and Miss Susie....Love you both and I miss you both too. LOL...Roy, it is almost time for Miss Susie and I to take that vacation up at your house...are you ready for us?"

Laura Reiff Underwood: "Love it! Thanks for sharing this. Susie is an excellent writer. I might be partial because she usually finds a way to include animal & animal rights :)"

Susan Henley: "The life lesson I learned recently is to live as if you are in your 'some days.' Some day I'll go to Italy, some day I'll learn how to oil paint or whatever you have been putting off......do it now or at least plan to do it soon. Life is short and you never know when your time will be over. Your time is now, this week, this day, this minute - - explore it! Thanks, Susie, for getting us thinking!!"

Susan Alcott Jardine: "Keep on with the wonderful columns, Susie. xoxo"

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postscript...

oh, since birth almost i have observed the kinkiest sexuality all about...the MAD MEN series sets the stage for all of us looking away while adultery roars or sneaks about between the traditional man/woman couplings...i am so non-hetero at ...this point in time from a lifetime of playboy activities among school-mates and others even closer to myself that i am amazed that so many have managed to get elected to office and to be honored in other ways and to move onto 2nd and 3rd marriages and behave as if children can be born out of wed-LOCK and that is referred to these days as "family"...how confusing it has all been.

nothing has shocked me since i was 2 and 1/2 years old...but because of my own life experiences i considered becoming a nun...seriously. looking away during the clinton escapades led to an epidemic of oral sex experimentation among kids, mind you. the first time i ever heard of such an idiotic concept was the "69" moronic rock slop popular when i was in college! women parade about as skimpily clad as possible, enhancing their body parts and for what reason? victims and victimizers and the most sexed up culture in the history of mankind...america should be really proud of this mess.

as to pretty boy john edwards and his long-suffering wife...another example of the "mister" being acceptable as a candidate for public office while the dame becomes lady macbeth...she had the more brilliant mind but she stood behind mr. wonderful and he took himself as seriously if not more so than his loving overweight originally sweet and intelligent wife ever did.

women are never categorized as "thinkers"...people are programmed to dismiss females with other means of categorization, all demeaning...we are the hugest minority who must be silenced one way or another. i tried that quiet, shy stint for most of my life...and i found that being a coward is not my style...i am a braver person than i ever imagined i would be...and sex is the last thing on my mind. it is only an appetite and a dangerous one at that...and has screwed all of us up royally! ;D

(oh, and another sure way to get elected is to claim god wants you to run, that you extol "family" -- ha!, man on woman sex and plenty of it, and to drive while intoxicated...no problem...you're at the statehouse in a shot! hypocrisy wins every time!)

...and as for run-on sentences (those occur when a conjunction is used and a comma gets left out), my uncle william faulkner and i love them...it's our style...but i did need to set off the skimpily clad women...with a period before i discussed them? pardon the pun! ;D


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Published on July 13, 2012 06:39 • 298 views • Tags: 69, adlai-stevenson, adultery, alan-alda, amalia-balash, amc, ann-arbor, ann-arbor-news, ann-arbor-observer, ann-arbor-summer-fest, ann-arbor-summer-festival, annarbor-com, arts, barb-nicholson, billy-sunday, bob-kellogg, bock, broadway, brown-paper-tickets, budapest, calamity-jane, chicago, colonel-henry-blake, columbia-city, columbia-city-rotary, disney, don-draper, don-sexton, doris-day, edna-duncan, elizabeth-edwards, equality, ernst-lubitsch, female, festifools, georg-nowack, golden-age, greensboro, harnick, harold-hill, hartland, herbert-petrie, heritage-newspapers, heterosexuality, hollywood-babylon, home-sweet-home, homeward-angle, hugh-hefner, illinois, indiana, iowa, jaycees, jerry-harnick, joe-masteroff, john-edwards, johnny-carson, jon-edwards, jon-hamm, kat-kelly-heinzelman, king-and-i, kiwanis, korean-war, kosciusko-county, lady-macbeth, laura-reiff-underwood, lisa-reiff-claypool, m-a-s-h, mad-men, major-petrie, marjorie-morningstar, mash, mclean-stevenson, mgm, michigan, midwestern, music-man, musicals, new-york-city, noel-coward, normal, northwestern, oral-sex, penny-seats, pillow-talk, pinned, plain-and-fancy, playboy, post-and-mail, press-secretary, que-sera-sera, reiff, reiff-brothers, reverend, river-city, roald-dahl, robert-z-leonard, roy-duncan, roy-sexton, rufus-wainwright, run-on-sentences, secrets-of-an-old-typewriter, seventy-six-trombones, sex, sexuality, she-loves-me, sheldon-bock, show-business, squawk-back, stratford-upon-avon, susan-henley, susie-duncan-sexton, television, the-avengers, the-penny-seats, theater, theatre, tonight-show, top-of-the-park, wagon-wheel, warner-brothers, warsaw, wayne-rogers, wedlock, west-park, white-house, wikipedia, william-faulkner, william-shakespeare, women, women-s-rights, www-pennyseats-org
Catch me and fellow author Danny Kemp (author of The Desolate Garden), entertainer and radio personality Judy Stadt, and our incomparable host Colin on the Colin Lively Show - listen at this link.

Colin writes: "This show is full of summer fun. We have another exciting installment of Sheepshead Bay Boulevard, week eight already! Colin, joined by Judy Stadt, Susie Sexton and The Kemps, bring us live radio theatre. If you’ve missed any of the episodes, you MUST listen to the archives and get caught up. Summer Movies- What are your favorites so far? The subject matter runs from...Magic Mike to Abe Lincoln as a vampire hunter. I don’t remember that in my history lessons. There’s the usual sequel-mania, Spiderman, MIB III, Batman. Storybooks on steroids-Snow White and the Huntsmen. Coming up in a few weeks, two movies that hopefully will be good: Sparkle, Whitney Houston’s last work, and Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones."

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loving this feedback...

Thanks for the following kind words I received on yesterday's Homeward Angle column "NOVEL Ideas Lead to Royal(-ty) Pain." Read by clicking here:

Tressa Marie: "Thanks so much, Roy! As always, your Mom is just amazing!!... I love and feel honored when your Mom mentions me in her blogs!! So very nice and like I said, I am honored!! Much respect and gratitude to your Mom for all she does each day for our animal friends! Just an amazing woman! An inspiration to many! Thanks so much for sharing this with me, Roy ! Please give your wonderful Mom my warmest regards, respect and hugs!"

Terrie Holden: "Hi, thank you, great article as always xxx"

From Kat Kelly-Heinzelman: "Thank you, Susie - great article - love to read your stuff. Thanks, Roy, for tagging me in this article. Love you both. ♥"

From Paul Clifford Schrade: "Many thanks! Being with such distinguished people. Illuminating article!"

From Danny Kemp: "What a lovely thing to share!"

From Vicki Floren Blanche: "great article..very much proud of you.....and i sure need some writing lessons..my my......you have such rich vocabulary and your content is always 120% ...yes up there...i enjoy reading...yours truly......me...xoxo"

From Carol Bowman-Henderson: "Your mother is wonderful, and so are you, Roy ♥ I shared on my wall - God bless ♥"

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Thought you all might enjoy this piece! Wonderful op-ed piece by She Loves Me's very own "Ladislav Sipos" Brent Stansfield! All about the experience coming back to the theatre after a 20-plus-year sabbatical, and how fortunate for the Penny Seats that he decided to make his return with them! If you haven't had a chance to see Brent in this show, he is a fun/funny delight...here is an excerpt (read the rest at the link):

"This summer I am acting for the first time in 23 years and it has taught me something important about myself. Acting used to be stressful and scary: most things are stressful and scary in high school. But theater was the stressful, scary activity I chose. My school required us to engage in an athletic activity each term but allowed participation in a play instead. Most kids chose sports but I preferred theater because while both involved insecurity and fear, theater mixed these with serious themes: passion, character, soul, motivation. I remember motivation being particularly important. We thought a lot about motivation."

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Published on August 03, 2012 08:06 • 315 views • Tags: 1950s, 1960s, 3rd-district, abe-lincoln-vampire-hunter, agriculture, alligators, amalia-balash, amazing-spider-man, american-experience, and-hi-ho, andy-warhol, animal-activism, animal-rescue, animal-rights, animals, ann-arbor, ann-arbor-news, ann-arbor-observer, ann-arbor-summer-fest, ann-arbor-summer-festival, annarbor-com, armchair-psychoanalysts, arts, athletes, batman, beef-commodities, beverley-holden, birth-control-pills, bloggers, bock, brent-stansfield, broadway, brown-paper-tickets, buck, buffet, bushy-headed-stranger, cafeteria, carol-bowman-henderson, cathy-skutch, charlie-rose, chiaroscuro, chicken, chris-whittaker, colin-lively, columbia-city, congress, congressman, congressman-stutzman, corfu, crayola, crayons, creepy-beverly-hills-mansion, critics, curly, dame-mae-whitty, dandelion-wine, danny-kemp, dark-knight-rises, david-letterman, david-ross, de-regulation, democrats, desolate-garden, disney, don-sexton, drex-morton, drexel-morton, edward-levine, egg-products-inspection-act, eggs, elderbull, elephants, ellen-butler-lawson, ellington-berg, erich-von-stroheim, everest, facebook, family-focus-folks, fannie-flagg, fans-of-susie-duncan-sexton, farm, farming, festifools, fifteen-minutes-of-fame, first-lady, fitness, flint, flower-power, fort-wayne-journal-gazette, fried-green-tomatoes, fundraising, gazelles, georg-nowack, gloria-swanson, gorillas, great-american-novel, greek, grill, guy-kibbee, h-r-3798, harnick, harry-potter, hartland, health, heritage-newspapers, hillary-clinton, hippies, holocaust, homeward-angle, hope-springs, house-of-representatives, howdy-doody, hr-3798, ike, in03msima-mail-house-gov, indiana, industry, ipad, jacqui-robbins, jenny-fernandez, jerry-harnick, jfk, joe-gillis, joe-masteroff, john-staggs, jon-stewart, judy-stadt, kamini-christina-merner, kat-kelly-heinzelman, kelly-huddleston, kurt-vonnegut, ladislav-sipos, lana-turner, larry, lauren-bacall, lauren-london, lauren-m-london, legislation, lemurs, lipstick, lobby, lobbying, lobbyist, lunch-and-judy, lunt-and-fontanne, madeleine-fisher-kern, marlin-stutzman, martin-scorcese, matt-cameron, mayor, meijer, men-in-black, meryl-streep, michigan, midwestern, moe, monkeys, mt-everest, mythological-concepts, nancy-hartman, national-rifle-association, nature, nora-redmond, norma-desmond, nostalgia, nra, ocelots, open-books, opportunistic-politicians, pac, paranormal-situations, paro-babu, paul-clifford-schrade, peewee-league, penny-seats, politicians, politicos, post-and-mail, poultry, prayer-warriors, presidential-election, protesters, pudgy-baby-giraffes, quentin-tarantino, rachel-green-murphy, ray-bradbury, reality-show-show-offs, recipes, regulation, representative, representative-stutzman, republican, republicans, restaurant, rev-drexel-morton, reverend, revolutionaries, rhett-and-scarlett, roald-dahl, roy-sexton, rufus-wainwright, russ-schwartz, schwab-s-drug-store, scripture, sean-murphy, secrets-of-an-old-typewriter, shannon-basner, she-loves-me, sheepshead-bay, sheldon-bock, singers, smorgasbord, snow-white-and-the-huntsman, social-network, space-exploration, sparkle, special-interest-groups, spider-man, squawk-back, stephen-colbert, steven-spielberg, steverino-madison-avenue, stutzman, summer-movies, sunset-boulevard, super-heroes, susie-duncan-sexton, susie-sexton, tangi-rogers-goeglin, target, terrie-holden, terrorism, the-avengers, the-colin-lively-show, the-golden-age-of-television, the-penny-seats, theater, theatre, third-district, three-stooges, tommy-lee-jones, toni-albanese, top-hat-cafe, top-of-the-park, tressa-marie, trojan-horse, tweeters, twilight, vampires, various-activists, vegan, veganism, vegetarian, vegetarianism, vicki-floren-blanche, victoria-gilbert, wal-mart, wallabies, walter-mitty, washington-d-c, west-park, what-makes-sammy-run, whitney-houston, wizards, www-pennyseats-org, www-stutzman-house-gov, www-susieduncansexton-com, yellow-journalists, zach-london, zebras