We have dogs roaming the streets in this city! At the drive thru this morning on my way to the studio, a purebred boxer with no collar was coming up to the cars looking for food. She is a part of a San Antonio problem I’ve noticed since I was kid. While I know most of you keep your dogs homebound and have them collared, there are many families who don’t collar their dogs, let them roam free in unfenced yards and neighborhoods, and worst of all don’t spay/neuter them. This problem is worse on the West and South sides. These dogs go off unmonitored and undisciplined, and then create new litters of wayward puppies that are mostly treated the same way. This week, San Antonio was ranked #2 for dog bites on postal carriers. Dogs need owners who insure they behave and respond well with people. If not, dogs will act the only way nature designed them for - foraging, hunting and occasionally attacking. San Antonio has made great strides towards its no-kill status, but the city still had to euthanize almost 400 unwanted animals in 2012. I am not a huge dog fan, but even I say San Antonians need to take more responsibility for their dogs.
Hellcab is set in Chicago just before Christmas Day, so we are dressed in winter costumes throughout the play. There is one major problem about wearing coats and scarves in a small blackbox theater in South Texas during the month of May. As you can imagine, it gets pretty hot under all those layers. Not to forget that it’s a fast-paced play so there’s a lot of running around for queues and costume changes. And also the seats are filled with cushy patrons fillng the room with extra body heat. It gets really hot! It becomes a bit of a challenge when we are trying to make audiences believe it’s Chicago in the winter when we are flushed red with beads of sweat. I literally sit in my underwear backstage to cool down between my queues. Ah, the magic of live theater. Hellcab is now at the AtticRep on the campus of Trinity, May 16 and runs til June 2. AtticRep.org for tickets.