Something Swell on Saturday

The 3:30 Project is a collaborative blog by three life-long friends: Maggie, Mary Margaret and Jillian. On Saturdays, Mary Margaret plans to post something from the week that made her smile.


Last Fall I got the opportunity to wardrobe supervise the Broadway run of a show that I ran Off-Broadway the previous year. I truly never thought I could be so fulfilled and grateful working on such a simple show with only two actors and two costumes.  The play was written by an amazing British playwright named Simon Stephens, and starred two incredibly dynamic actors that I am now grateful to call my friends: Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt.

This past week, May 2 to be precise, I was thrilled when Denis received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. Yes, awards, like theatre reviews, are subjective and sometimes arbitrary or political. They certainly aren’t everything, and people do amazing work constantly without any kind of formal established acknowledgment. But when someone you know has done incredibly fine work, and it’s someone you know had an amazing time and fully lived every second of his experience, and it’s a person who you love, respect, and care for, it’s exciting to see this person recognized. Denis made his Broadway debut at the age of 77, and believe it or not he was a REPLACEMENT for the actor that initially got cast and then had to drop out.(Actually you can read more about his interesting life and the journey to Bway in this NY Times article: “At 77 He Gets to Woo Mary-Louise Parker” ). But now he’s up for a Tony,  being recognized for his performance, and I’m just as pleased and proud as punch for him. Sometimes there is justice in the world, you know?