Maximilian. . . we never learned his last name. . . is a New York City actor who LISTENS as no one I’ve ever met.
The charming guy was on his way to celebrate his 23d birthday with friends and family in Connecticut and we were on the same train for Grandparents Day at Kent, CT.
He relished information about the West, listening intently to all that we had to say about the history and current life styles. As he heard Bud describe the Indian wars in the West in the l858’s, it were as if he were living the events of that time period unfold.
As our two-hour Metro North train ride on the New Haven line moved along, so did our conversation. Finally, he grabbed his notebook and began writing down all the things he plans to learn more about: The Yankee Tavern four-person play about the 911 conspiracy, One Man’s Hero, a story of the Mexican-American war in Mexico, JFK., plus my WWII novel, Lebensborn, and all the history that entails.
He’s part of Living Theater in New York. No one sits during one of these performances. The play is performed. The actors go into the audience to engage the audience in a discussion before returning to do more. In a recent play, he was Adam, as in Adam and Eve. Life in the East is expensive. This means he’s a slasher, a bartender while waiting for his big break. I’m back in the West again after the trip so I’ll make a GODFATHER, a drink of one ounce of scotch and one-half of amaretto he told me about after learning my favorite drink is lowland scotch.
What an experience! The writer in me just wanted you to feel the wonderment of being in the presence of a passionate listener. I’ll never forget that train ride or Maximilian.
He’s says he’s coming to the Lazy Bee this summer to hike Abercrombie Mountain nearby and to sit around the campfire and hear more of Bud’s stories.