2010 OFFICIAL XENA CONVENTION
Report by KTL
Part of the reason I stopped last night was that it was late. But also, I had words scribbled down in my notebook that made no sense-each word individually made sense (well, the ones I could READ did), but I had no idea to what they were referring
I just opened my notebook to start this report and looked sadly at the secretive little cluster of words. In a blinding flash it came to me-this was dialogue from the little play Lucy and Renee performed for us.
Lucy played a straight laced woman. Renee played a woman who lived in the same apartment building as Lucy.
I can t remember the
character s names. To separate them from being Lucy and Renee, I
m just going to use their initials when talking about the
L had set up a blind date
for R. R s date with the guy included lots of hot
There was lots of quick one-liners about boring-married-for-twenty-five-years (?) sex. Like L being shocked that R had been on top. They decided to call the cops at the end and L says something about being interested in hearing more about the last time R was in jail and had a lesbian experience. R turns back from going to call the cops and that was the end.
It was very enjoyable. I do love watching Lucy act. Lucy moved around the stage a lot and did a lot of big appalled gestures. Renee I think stayed mostly in one spot while Lucy moved around her.
They gave us big grins at
the end and looked at each other laughing and
A fan mentioned that it was
(her/his? don t remember) first convention. Lucy ripped out a
delighted, YAY! The question was does she ever see a role and
think that she d want to do it. I think it was Lucy who said,
Only if the part s kind of wasted . Which is an interesting
answer, I think. That if someone does it well, okay. But if not,
then it would be good to take a
Renee, answering for Lucy said, Hedda Gabler . They looked at each other. Renee, You ve said that . Lucy: Yes I said that. (Pause) So it must be true.
I think looking back now while writing this up, that they had really enjoyed the little play and were more engaged and happy after doing it. Not that it wasn t lively before. But perhaps it was just that they d gotten to do something both of them love to do and they got to do it together again as they used to. I think it really jazzed them up.
A fan asked about Lucy
having said that she and Marissa would hang dog
Some folks were talking about this later and saying that Marissa now has her baby and Lucy now has her career recharged, so they can t do that anymore. (The things we spend time talking about at the cons )
A young fan came up and told them about a softball game that fans had played that day.
There was a deluge of a rainstorm raging outside. This was part of the huge storm system that was about to sweep across the country. I heard from some of the more (cough) mature fans that they had enjoyed the game-from the sidelines. But that lots of the younger and some of the older fans played. Obligingly performing a few muddy face plants to get on base.
There were two teams, The
Amphipolians? playing for Lucy's Starship
Lucy shook her head and I
think both she and Renee were thrilled to hear
Lucy made some comment about High brow drama . Any ideas, anyone who was there or anyone who taped it? Next I have Lucy saying, I m doing something sad again. Then she mentioned Jeff Donovan of Burn Notice .
She was asked about her
work in Spartacus, in relation to acting out
They were asked what would
define their life as a song. Renee answered,
Some folks were very excited and nodded and said yes. Renee said no though. She said, The story was about the hero s redemption . Then Yes, yes is in my notebook, but I m not sure who said it-one of them or the audience.
Luce suddenly answered the song question, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life . (A possible reference to her various acting cruxifictions?)
They were asked if they had
any advice. Lucy, Be good to your children .
They were asked what was their hardest experience on Xena. There was silence for a minute and the fan began to repeat the question. Lucy said, We hear ya-we re thinking. I believe Lucy suggested to Renee that it was the bare feet in India. Renee answered, Dlot hul . (Or at least that s what my notes say she answered.)
Then they answered for each other. For Lucy, Renee said something else that I can t translate either. (Is it possible she was speaking in tongues?)
Lucy said, For Ren it was
the shorter skirt and that they took away her
Ren said no, it was when
they coated her with mud in The Abyss. Lucy
Renee has talked in the
past about how this was a horrific experience for
Lucy said that Renee was
shaking. And then Renee said I m fine
Renee said, Looking back, I can see how I was meant to play Gabrielle. She said she suddenly realized that, Holy shit-I was meant to be that person at that time. I got to be the voice of that.
Lucy asked why it was meant
to be. Renee answered, What s life about?
Lucy answered, How precious that kind of thing is . She brought up working on Spartacus. She mentioned that things can become lightening in a bottle. And you have to have gratitude for a thing like that.
A very young fan came up and both Lucy and Renee were very kind and very sweet when talking to her.
A fan asked Renee about her
movie, Fitful . She said she s working with
Then I think it was Renee who mentioned a baby shower. I wept. And I didn't stop for two days .(I wonder if this was after FIN wrapped?)
And that is the end of my
notes about the daring duo on stage together
I always enjoy watching
Lucy play around on stage. I also like to see her
More tomorrow (hopefully)