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  • Reading Kathy Weinberg's delightful piece I was transported first to the world of her tale, to that big stone house in the Vermont woods on a rain-drenched day of friends and masks and laughter and play. The play is the thing, you see! I heard the happy sounds of those 6 friends as they trod the boards with the Bard. Bravo!

    All of those things are an integral part of my life, too. The theater. Shakespeare. Masks!

    My wife has been onstage since she was 5. We met in '94. I was performing my poems and Flipped Out Fables as a solo act at King Richard’s Faire on Upper Cape Cod. I noticed a particularly striking woman in the crowd and thought she was a traveling show person that I’d met somewhere on the road. I just couldn’t think of her name.

    She claimed to be experiencing the same feeling of having met me somewhere before and introduced herself.

    “Hi! I’m Terri Cabral. I know you…”

    We had similar backgrounds- theatre, the arts, broadcasting. But we’d never crossed paths before, at least not in this lifetime. Read the complete story of our meeting and consequent lifelong collaboration in theater and the arts in my essay 'Discovering Gattorno'.

    That first day we met we decided to go out to dinner after the festival closed. I was on the road without my own vehicle that season, living in a trailer on the show site. Terri volunteered to take me over to her place where I could get out of costume and take a shower in a house without wheels under it.

    Three days later I moved in. Inspired by the incredible creative energy that filled the old cottage she lived in, as if it was a fully charged battery, I wrote 'The Tale Of Brave Grinelda' one night between midnight and six in the morning.

    The next weekend we debuted our new 2 person comedy show- Flipped Out Fables. "The Tale Of Brave Grinelda." It's story telling. It's quick-change commedia del arte with many masks! It's been a long time since those halcyon days. We performed at Renaissance Faires, Fringe Festivals and Summer Fests for years. Huzzah!
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