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"We are born astride a grave - WaynesWorldStage.com

"We are born astride a grave - WaynesWorldStage.com

The Cover PhotographThis

The Cover PhotographThis is a picture of Wayne Martensplaying PROSPERO in Shakespeare's THETEMPEST. This production, in 1957, was theAmerican premier of the score composed byJohan “Jean” Sibelius. The Detroit SymphonyOrchestra (conducted by Valter Poole)performed on stage throughout the performanceat the Bonstelle Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.Wayne was only twenty-one years old at thetime. Sibelius died shortly after the play closed.

SELF-PUBLISHING?I have never written a book before. I havepoor vision and have never even read an entirebook. I will certainly never write another book.So you can see why I thought it unlikely that Iwould ever find a publisher for this book. I didpurchase a copy of Writer's Market. “4,000 listingsfor book publishers, trade journals, literary agentsand more.” I sent out a few letters to see if anyonewould at least read the first few pages. No suchluck. It may be vanity, but I do believe that thebook is filled with many interesting stories aboutthe theatre, my autistic daughter, my relationshipwith God, and yes, I admit it, a lot about my lovelife. I do hope that if you have read this far, youwill at least read the first few pages of the book.Then maybe, just maybe, I'll get you hooked.Wayne Martens

  • Page 4: When a working New York City actorb
  • Page 8 and 9: in 1968 at the Pocket Theatre on Se
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  • Page 48 and 49: apologized, took a bow, and went ou
  • Page 50 and 51: still considered myself a devout Ch
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    single beds, but I apparently slept

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    I disagreed with much of what he wa

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    Fred Barnett worked for his father,

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    to stay and for the next five weeks

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    very nervous. I only had a few doll

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    of the producers of Lorraine Hansbe

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    surprise, when I offered him a job,

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    open The Vanguard Playhouse and the

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    A new, unknown Detroit actor hadaud

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    I would have to wait until I got to

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    Chapter 4So here it is, the fall of

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    an into Chuck. He asked if we could

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    Canyon. As a former ministerial stu

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    into San Francisco several times so

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    I then returned to the papers and t

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    quiet. Her roommate, apparently ana

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    I then moved into the space we were

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    extensive search, I settled on a yo

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    collected deposit bottles and bough

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    open the top half of the door. One

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    and spray-paint them. A very inexpe

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    day and night for several months re

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    After a few days in Detroit, I was

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    able to find out if I was going to

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    kasha?" I inquired. "The germ of ba

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    meet me. After arriving in the moun

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    ight. I apologize. Thank you." I ha

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    When the season was over, Joan and

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    lab. I don't remember what Joan's j

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    that I could comprehend the extent

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    When I told Modernage that I wasqui

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    an agent. I didn't. I'd never been

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    After that night in the dressing ro

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    114

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    of punching the guy out. This was n

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    actors are signed to contracts. Nor

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    The Festival finished the season bu

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    something drastic to get his attent

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    Not wanting the audience to miss an

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    young couple spend the night in the

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    When Joan returned, she and I went

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    I got a call from a director with w

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    would not do my bit. Sure enough, w

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    134

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    from Ulysses. The implication was t

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    shoes. When asked why he became an

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    The next morning she left me in the

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    ealized that we were the most theat

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    ules specified that producers had t

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    asked if she could speak with me pr

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    through a farmers’ market with a

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    office would be open at 10pm. This

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    University. I didn't know what to d

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    "Hey, what about me?" I shouted. I

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    "rape" was meant in a classic sense

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    NO, NO, NO, OH GOD, NO! PLEASE!THIS

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    leave the show. I did not want Mich

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    lists at all of the state homes thr

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    164

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    Michele's pleated skirts, and I pra

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    een so moved by the time she spent

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    question him. That policeman then c

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    One of them returned and handed me

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    phone, she was frightened and didn'

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    couldn’t help but to wonder and h

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    I took Michele to another psychiatr

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    kind of private school for children

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    Solomon and Ashemedai. I played Ash

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    and watch me perform. Lyn would smi

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    the first floor, and the blinds wer

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    Twenty-eight years later, her mothe

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    summer. The new sitter was from a g

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    Zero Mostel, who was a very large m

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    Lyn moved in with me. Life was good

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    He said, "Please don't be angry wit

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    estaurants. I made safe lights out

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    We arrived at the falls and got a m

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    agreed to meet at a bar in Manhatta

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    Matthew seemed to know from the sta

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    a little auto focus Olympus camera.

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    her uncle. He had a very large plac

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    My watermelon heart broke. I ran an

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    I answered a used car ad in the pap

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    passed away shortly after surgery.

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    emained close friends, but Jim beca

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    difficult to keep people when you c

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    together. We then voted on the vari

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    dictator, Sukarno, was about to be

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    inhaled. I was hooked within a week

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    little extra income. He would care

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    carrying Christopher in her arms. L

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    me what happened." Before we finish

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    232

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    the night on the eastern end of Pen

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    twenties, Matthew ran the Long Isla

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    One of my new employees was fromCal

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    made themselves at home. They were

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    I had saved a supply cabinet that h

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    This is not just a credit union; th

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    kids happy in the process. Within a

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    any money, only about three hundred

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    was done on time and delivered to a

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    was a bit stunned, but from that ti

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    Baldev Duggal, the founder and owne

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    lawyers and accountants advise new

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    was to be C.O.D. The first order wa

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    Lyn's father's health was beginning

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    Michele had been at the new school

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    We all knew that the Walshs would n

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    My business was doing well, but our

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    the nursing home and have no rent t

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    friend had divorced his wife, quit

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    that I needed. The computers did no

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    There was an article in The New Yor

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    one so many times. He asked for my

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    Lynne was not overjoyed at the pros

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    After each fight, we would then arg

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    Business was good. Lynne and I deci

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    dropped dead that night. I would ha

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    Alex Vadell was also a master. Soon

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    ignored each other, but the dogs ne

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    end. I always had Michele as an exc

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    ecome more aware of the extent of d

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    had no difficulty in figuring out t

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    From what I could gather, at thebeg

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    garbage dumps that still had used c

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    Theatre Row tenants. As of July 198

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    Lynne and I had a wonderful time in

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    By the end of the first week of Jud

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    eturn, they got the use of the thea

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    disorder was out of remission. She

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    During the rehearsal, most of theau

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    esponse, and we walked up Eighth Av

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    space. Do they understand the fact

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    six months. How could I turn down a

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    went to get something to eat. When

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    Lynne and I didn’t fully apprecia

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    "My department at Lehman Brotherssp

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    Make sure our film recorder can dow

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    other times when I thought that I w

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    there was no slide work, he could d

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    the marriage was over? Kaput? I hop

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    As large as this new apartment was,

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    We, of course, would then go to the

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    seem to me to show a lack of faith.

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    later in hope that I would be aslee

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    I couldn’t help but think how sad

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    from the rental of the co-op, and I

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    my arm down so fast that I had no t

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    Shannon and Jeff told me about a sh

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    mentioned that I did not have room

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    floors, cleaned the bathrooms and t

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    interested because there was not mu

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    from old Theatre Magazines from the

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    362

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    laid off twenty-five percent of the

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    But as much as I love Lyn, my child

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    More MemoriesWhen I told Barry LaVi

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    Alice Davies. Cliff Ammon telling m

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    High School RomanceI hope I didn't

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    to evaluate the speed and angle of

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    I told my friend that it was a part

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    Paris with The Paper Bag Players. H

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    happy about their streets being fil

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    HeresyForty-five years after my cal