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Telling Stories at “Told”, Now With Trailer

July 19th, 2010 by Jeff Simmermon

About a month ago, I had the honor of performing in Seth Lind’s “Told.” They were taping it for a TV pilot — it felt like a pretty big deal.

I told the story of Royal Quiet Deluxe, Chicken Band, and had the honor of performing with Adam Wade, Margot Leitman, Peter Aguero and Leslie Goshko. Here’s a view of Seth from backstage:

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Seth and team cut a teaser for the TV pilot that you can see here, by the way:



Peter and I got the willies real, real hard right before the show. It happens every time, some times worse than others. If you’re not nervous, you’re not taking it seriously. But this time was crippling. We were hunkered down in the little backstage room, obsessively muttering our line and just freaking the freak OUT. Then I said “Pete, man, we got get out of here, just for a minute.” We hit the streets and ended up at a perfectly squalid dive bar around the corner, the kind of place that has a sign that says “you MUST buy something if you want to use the bathroom.”

We each stood there, shaking a bit and sipping a double bourbon on the rocks. You’ve go to be careful with pre-show booze. A little bit calms the nerves but any more than two or three and you’re only fooling yourself. I felt this sudden, buoying energy, this swelling excitement and I dragged Peter in front of the jukebox so we could let “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer” wash over us, bathe our jittering pores. I punched him in the arm and said “MAN THIS IS IT! This is why we moved here, this is why we put up with the crowds and the smelly subways and the high rents! You can’t have an opportunity like this anywhere else in the world, man, and we are living it now. And no matter what happens, unless we fall down and die, we’re going to do this.”

It felt right. I even believed it myself. We raced back to the theater and did the show and it ripped out just perfect. I don’t remember much of it except for all the hot lights and warm laughter, wrapping me like a blanket of bubbles.

Here’s a view of the crowd from backstage:

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We were all heroes that night, slaughtering our fears and drowning them in sweet laughter. Everyone did so well, and we all had so much fun.

Tonight, Brad Lawrence and Cyndi Freeman will be co-hosting Told at 7PM at Under Saint Mark’s Place, 94 Saint Mark’s Place in the East Village. It should be spectacular — it always is.

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