How hot is the Selma Arts Center’s production of “Heathers”?
It drew one of the original off-Broadway cast members to the show on Friday night.
Jon Eidson, who originated the role of Ram Sweeney in New York, drove from Los Angeles, where he lives, to see the show with his girlfriend, Erin Matthews, who was in the original off-Broadway cast of “Reefer Madness.” He told director Dominic Grijalva he heard about the show because of social-media exposure on the official “Heathers” accounts.
“He thought it was Selma, Alabama, but when he realized it was California he decided to go last minute,” Grijalva says. “It was his first time ever seeing the show.”
Eidson and Matthews came backstage during intermission and spoke with the cast, Grijalva adds:
They were so gracious and complimentary. They chatted with us about their time off Broadway and they had nothing but great things to say about the show. They even kept their Instagram pages updated throughout the night and gave us a whole lot of exposure on social media. Two incredibly kind people!
Tyler Hyde, who plays Ram in the Selma production, says he wasn’t nervous to have Eidson (who is quite tall) in the audience:
I was focused in trying to put the same energy into the show like it were any other audience. That particular night had a very responsive crowd that helped me keep the energy I had. It was relieving that he came after the first act. If he had come before the show to visit the cast instead of saying hi at intermission, I would definitely have felt the nerves facing this beautiful giant.
Eidson told the cast later on Instagram: “We were blown away by all that you did with the show – everything and everyone was on point. Your direction and telling of the story was so honest and clear and the ensemble was so unified, I felt very lucky this was the first production I got to see!”
As for me, I’m still laughing at the idea of “Heathers” playing in Selma, Alabama.
“Heathers” continues for four more performances as it heads into its closing weekend.