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Hollywood, to make a film. It's a lot of money.” He says, “If you tell
me that I should stay with this, I'm prepared to drop it.” I said, “Ossie,
I'm not going to tell you to stay with this. You're going to get 1500
dollars to direct it.” He says, “I'll get you a director.” So we got a
director, a black woman. I forget her name right now, but she came in
very late and it was very difficult for her to give the thing -- we were
in rehearsal when she came in to direct the show. So it was very very
What was the movie? What was the movie that Ossie was doing?
[laughs] I don't even remember what it was. All I know is that
he and Ruby were involved and it was a lot of money.
So before “Take Care” opens, it has to be performed before the
delegates. It impresses them. It's obvious. I begin to see, “Is it bigger
than ourselves?” See it starts to go on tour. Instead of six weeks it
goes to eight weeks.
Touring where? In the hospitals.
Every day in a different hospital.
You haven't explained.
Oh! Didn't I tell you about the Howard Roberts Chorale and the
Labor Theatre? Every day in a different hospital for six weeks, early
and late shows, at lunch time? “Take Care” had to be forty minutes.
Couldn't be longer, because people have to get in and out. Sometimes
it ran too long, because too much laughs and applause. Or sometimes
the cast ran too -- I remember National Public Radio [NPR] covered
the opening of “Take Care.” I went to the hospital in Brooklyn,
Brooklyn Jewish, with I forget her name, because she interviewed
people, she was at the rehearsal (Rene'e Montagne -- she's now the
co-anchor on “All Things Considered”). “Take Care” got reviewed! Not
as a musical, but got featured in articles all over the place. As it
moved around, radio would come to do features, television would
come to do features and interview workers. Outside -- “What do you
think?”. You know, that kind of thing. So members are seeing
themselves on television. They're used to it all ready by now.
So “Take Care” does like six weeks in the hospitals. Then -- you can
never have too much of a good thing -- DC37. I call them I say,
“Come and see it.” Vic says, “Okay, bring it to the delegates meeting.”
So “Take Care” goes to their delegates meeting, and it goes very well.
He says, “Okay, we'll do a week.” So they do a week in different city
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