07 August 2014



Cheers Everyone!   Welcome to my first blog of the 2014 London Study Abroad Program!  As you may know this is the 20th Anniversary of the London Theatre Program.  We initiated this program for the Theatre Department in 1994 and made it a requirement for our majors to spend a semester in London.  That year we did the musical, Working, at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre.  Ironically, we are performing there again this year with the production of How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel.  Tara Arts Studio where have been performing for the past five years is closed for re-modelling.  

                                          Lord Dr. Gary Diomandes, Lord of Glencoe                                       outside Tara Arts  (That's me! and my bobblehead                             in photo above!)

We would like to remind ALL London Alumni that we are doing a reunion the weekend of our play this year in London.  Most of you tell me that you would love to return to London.  Here is your chance!  The play is October 15-18.  Please contact Bob Fisher in the Alumni Office if you are interested in attending.  I will also be directing Working in February to celebrate the 20th Anniversary back on campus!  More info on that later!

We will be doing our Friday day trips this year going to 



Cambridge and Bleheim Palace.

We will also be doing a long weekend in Scotland.
and two weeks at the end of the semester at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin with Patrick Sutton.

                                                                  The Temple Bar in Temple Bar, Dublin                                 
                                   The Patrick Sutton!!!!

One of the highlights of our program, other than being the only American University that actually rents a theatre and produces a full-length American play in London, is the number of shows we will see during the semester.  Here is a partial list of what I have already booked.   At the Globe we are seeing A Comedy of Errors.  The evening before we will see the new production that just opened of Shakespeare in Love, based on the film.

                            The Globe Theatre

We are also going to see the two shows below on the West End:

Other shows we are booked for are:  Medea and The Three James Plays (Where we are seeing all three plays in one day and sitting on the stage!!!  It is also Press Night!) at the National Theatre,  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Urinetown, the farce, The Play that Goes Wrong, and God Bless the Child at the Royal Court Theatre and The Scottsboro Boys with my friend, cast member Forrest McClendon coming in to class to speak to the students about the production and life in the theatre!

Other shows that have opened in London are Once, Miss Saigon (a fantastic production I saw this summer in London), Les Miz, 1984, Cats, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Forbidden Broadway, plus many, many more and this list does not include any of the Fringe Theatre productions.  

So if you want to follow our adventures and get more details of our experiences join this blog and you will be notified when I post something either every week or every other week!!!


13 December 2013


Here is Part Two of our trip to Ireland.  These are more pics of Dublin and Galway!  Above is a picture of Oscar Wilde's house which is now an American College.  It has been all chopped up to accommodate the College's needs.  Too bad!

In St. Stephen's Green park there is a bust of Michael Collins and statue of Oscar Wilde.

Enjoy the following pictures of Dublin.

Temple Bar.

O'Connell St.

Trinity College

Jameson Distillary Tour.

O'Connell St.

Looks like Jimmy is part of the Guinness ad.

 Temple Bar

Bono's Hotel in Temple Bar

On Friday after Acting class we boarded a bus and went to Galway for the weekend for a change of scenery.  A couple of the students went to the Cliffs of Moher on Saturday.  The rest of us stayed an explored Galway.

O'Maille's sweater shop where I buy all my sweaters.  Tried to get Jimmy to buy this unique one of a kind hand=knit sweater that looked great on him but he didn't!  Maybe next time.  I am having a red sweater made by one of the ladies on the Aran Islands.  It will be ready by March.  Most of these ladies who knit by hand are in their late 80s and there are not many younger women learning the art so these hand made sweater will be rare.  If you are ever in Galway see Anne in O'Maille's. 

Our first night there Jimmy, Billy and I had fish and chips at McDonough's next to our hostel.  I had cod and they had sting ray!  Mine was better!

Their's was boney.

After we ate we walked to the Christmas Market and fair.

One of my favorite places at the fair was the exotic meat burger and sausage place.  Billy and Jimmy had zebra sausage and we all had kangaroo burgers!

It has been a great semester and I am glad a lot of you chose to experience the journey with us.  Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season!  Enjoy!  Until next year....