As first, it just seemed as though Morro would have to hold down the forts for the first couple of days of the festival, and that Jasp would still arrive in plenty of time for the show. Morro performed a lonely turn without her sister at the opening cabaret, and although it went well, it was a bitter sweet moment as no rendition of "Creep" could ever sound as good without Jasp.
The latest news is that Jasp has been instructed by doctors to remain in hospital and told she is not able to attend the festival at all or even leave the country for that matter. Diagnosis: Jasp has shingles, which sounds like jingles but aren't quite as delightful. And they're not the kind that go on your roof, they're the kind that go on your tummy and make you angry no matter how hard you try to smile through it. And to make things even more exciting, she also has clown-ingitis. Some people call it meningitis, but Jasp finds the name sexist and species-ist, so she took it upon herself to change it. Good news is that in a couple weeks Jasp will recover fully. Bad news... No Clownin for Jasp.
So what is going to happen with the show in Vienna? Well, Jasp has been on the phone giving Morro strict instructions. Morro is hard at work running around Vienna to find more rabbits and all the props for the show that Jasp was supposed to bring, because after all, the show must go on. Although Jasp is stuck in a hospital bed eating Jello and soup, she and her sister have found someone to fill in for the role of George in the play. Their friend June from NYC, who is also in Vienna for the Clownin Festival, is working with Morro under the strict direction of Jasp to fill in for a one time performance of Of Mice and Morro and June. June is wonderful and almost as bossy as Jasp and the Festival is being so wonderful to Morro and helping her figure everything out (when the Skype connection cuts out and Jasp is not giving instructions).
Is our play full of hope more hopeful than ever?
Stay tuned to see how it all turns out...