When I was a sophomore in high school my brother, Alan, got his first job as an actor in summer stock at Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island. I understood this to mean something coveted and exciting, and also that he’d be working his butt off, pulling out four to five shows in the short five-month season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a heroic and exhilarating (and sleep-deprived) feat. I remember going to his last show of the season, Godspell, my father driving us all back home to the North Shore of Boston afterward. Alan was flat out for days, like he’d been through a war.
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