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“Six days does not a week make!”

One of my all-time favorite movie quotes, uttered by the plucky Jane Fonda in the wacky 1968 Neil Simon film, ‘Barefoot in the Park’, came to mind often a few weeks ago.

Charged with the incomprehensible feat of creating, designing, manufacturing, gift-wrapping and shipping, (in six days time): custom-designed, personalized note cards for the opening night cast & crew gifts (including custom-made wooden gift boxes) for ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre…(that’s a mouthful!), my team and i managed to pull off a fabulous coup. With ease!

Delivering (well, that part is thanks to FedEx) some pretty swell looking goods, if i say so myself, a day earlier than expected, (with only one name misspelled!), i can say that i’d do it all again in a red-hot minute: this is the stuff of creating that never gets old, it only gets better.

here’s a little photo trip through the madcap, amazing project:

in all of the excitement, i never forgot for a moment to have an absolute ball, added by the sheer impossibility of the scope of this project. Working with remarkable people makes my job seem like a lark in the park.

Here’s to my ace box maker and bow-tier, Maureen; most excellent and fast fab printer, Barrington Print & Copy; Pat for his most excellent and level-headed packing skills; Brian Edwards for keeping the information and smiles flowing from coast to coast; CNN for keeping us all entertained during the big friday night rush to get all ready for shipping; and, as always, VW for a totally appreciated, one-of-a-kind, amazing project.

Wow.

And, if you didn’t catch this show when it was on Broadway in 2013, you can watch the Lifetime Original Movie, featuring Tony Winner (and Emmy Award Nominee) Miss Cicely Tyson.

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