We meet people in life. It’s really that simple.
Unless you live in a Montana cabin so you can fully concentrate on your manifesto, or have figured out a way to master space colonization, you’re going to have interactions with other human beings. Some of those are bound to be bad, some will matter not 24 hours later and others are extremely positive.
Which brings me to Dick Rossé.
Some of you will recognize that name as the person who has written many guest columns for us over the years. You know, those clever pieces on page 9 of our paper where Dick talks about experiences in his past, and some of the fascinating people he has encountered throughout the course of his personal life or while fulfilling his duties as a radio man for the Mutual and NBC Radio networks.
Personally, I’m a fan of Dick’s columns. As a journalist, I’m often fascinated by some of the old stories he tells, and they help me better understand what that era of reporting the news was really like. As a columnist, I find myself admiring his ability to tell a story in a manner that is as entertaining as it is informative. And, as a person who enjoys the written word, I always enjoy his flow and mastery of structure.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say how much I admire Dick as a person. Over the years, we’ve fired back and forth several e-mails, and I’ve gotten to know him a little bit on a personal level. I find him funny, engaging, brilliant and nice. Sound like a little man crush? You bet. I think the world of this guy.
So I was a little saddened when Dick sent me an e-mail a while ago saying he was going to take a little break from writing his columns. He told me that he had some other projects he wanted to work on, and that he needed to re-charge anyway because he was running out of ideas to write about. Though I was a little upset that he wouldn’t be writing for us for a while, I was happy that he said it was just a break, and laughed at the notion that he could ever run out of stuff to talk about.
A few weeks later I discovered what Dick had been working on — he had written two one-act plays as a member of the Ad Hoc Touring Company, and they will be presented at Possum Point Players at Possum Hall in Georgetown this Sunday at 2 p.m.
The first play, “Winston’s Will,” is a mystery about a family that puts the “fun” in “dysfunctional.” The second, “The Voice of God,” is a story about an old time radio performance group. The only information I have on the two plays is what Dick had sent me in an e-mail. But I would hazard a guess that both plays are extremely well-written, full of biting dialogue and littered with irony and humor. That’s Dick. And that’s the kind of high expectations I put on these plays — even if it is a new genre for him.
“I’ve made my living writing and speaking for nearly 60 years, then suddenly 10 years ago found myself retired,” explained Rossé. “No place to go in the morning. No breaking news to cover. Retirement had created a vacuum that I felt compelled to fill. I did it by writing a newspaper column for the Coastal Point newspaper and airing radio essays for National Public Radio station WSCL.”
But now Dick has found a new outlet — a new canvas for him to display his talents and passion for writing. And, personally, I’m excited for him. Actually, I’m excited for all of us that we get to enjoy more of his work.
At the intermission of Sunday’s show, well-known local musician Art Curley will conduct an old time radio trivia quiz for a prize. There will also be skits on the bill, including the popular spoof of the bureaucracy, “Social Security.”
I’m guessing this is going to be a fabulous day. The Ad Hoc Touring Company has garnered a lot of respect within the community for the professional performances they share with the public, and I have nothing but faith and confidence in Rossé’s ability to entertain people.
Possum Point Players will ask for a $6 contribution at the door on Sunday for those wishing to enjoy the performance, and, again, that seems like a pretty reasonable request for an afternoon of being entertained.
For reservations or ticket information, call (302) 856-4560.