Joining the Equus Posse

Posted on September 3, 2008. Filed under: blogs, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Yes, I’ve joined the bajillion newsies making bad puns about Daniel Radcliffe (yes, Harry Potter) soon to appear nude on Broadway in Equus.

Not only that, I’ve bought tickets, too. I go in late October.

I’m a little suprised that I did. I had considered the ballyhooed nude scene So Much Hype. So many young stars decide to torpedo their childhood images with a blatantly adult role.

And nothing does that so thoroughly than playing the unstable former (I’m assuming he got fired, considering what he did in the backstory) stable boy in “Equus.”

And that’s another reason why I wasn’t eager to go at first. I’m squeamish. I know that they won’t “go graphic” when they dramatize the crime that Radcliffe’s character committed.

If you don’t know what the play is about and you’re squeamish, too, skip this next line:

The play is about the stable boy’s psychotherapy sessions after he had blinded six horses with a hoofpick.


Good Gawd, Rhonda, why do you want to see a play about something like that?!?

Good question. And I’m still figuring it out. I had been researching for the blog post and I thought, this looks like a damn good play. Maybe even a bona fide dramatic event. And I live close enough to go.

I picked my companion with care. Another horsewoman, a sister English major and a fan of serious drama — and, with a click of the mouse, we have tickets.

So, I finally got my post up to the blog, my pretty little blog with the rotating header photos. Each click brings up a different photo of the ten available. Trick, huh? I had carefully selected stock photos according to composition, emotional content and color scheme to insert into the WordPress theme.

Anyway, while I was working on this post, I went over to The Horsey Set Net to check the link. Imagine my surprise — when you consider the play’s synopsis — to see the close-up photo of the paint horse’s eye pop up in the header on the “Equus” article.


Poor taste and bad luck can happen when you least expect it.


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Rhonda, hope you enjoy the play, though I’m not
sure “enjoy” is the right word, given the theme. Danile’s a good actor, so I’m sure if will be well done. There was a firestorm of publicity when he first played the part in London. I’ve never wanted to see it since I’m squeamish, too.


Linda — I’m not sure what “rode over me” (bad pun) to buy tickets, either. I’m waay squeamish about eyes. I had trouble reading “Oedipus Rex” in college.

I think one thing that intrigued me about Equus was an article I read about how the dancers playing horses have been rehearsing. That reminded me of “The Lion King” and “Cats.” The ol’ English major in me got intrigued after reading the article about mythological themes in the play, too. And, for good or ill, I’m getting more comfortable with dark subject matter as I age. I dunno.

Yow, I wish I had known what this play was about when I saw it in my early 20’s. A coworker was in the play and had given me tickets to see it. It was performed in a ver small theater, VERY small. I took my friend with me and being a good coworker, wanting her to see that I really did come to see her perform… we sat in the front row. Did I mention it was a very small theater? Yeah, so, when both my coworker and the male lead got nekid, on stage, in the very small theater, less than 3 feet away from my friend and I… let’s just say that it was the closest I had ever been to a naked man and not have had sex with him. It was also very disturbing to see my coworker in the nude. I wish I could have read your blog before I went. Although it is a rather funny memory now.

Beth, your story made me smile. Did she ask you what you thought? I bet you blushed. 🙂 I know I would have.

Ya know, the Broadway production offers tickets for seats on the stage. I guess audience on the stage serves as a symbolic witness or some such.

She did ask me after a few days of successful avoidance on my part. I think I invented a new shade of pink that day. I call it Equus pink now. I forgot to say that not only was I 3 feet away the stage was even with the first row of seats so I was eye level with the actors good bits. It makes me laugh even now.

Up close and (too) personal. 😉

“Equus pink.” That’s a good one.

[…] — Beth @ 9:58pm Tags: daniel radcliff, equus, horses The other day I visited my friend Rhonda’s blog. She blogged about getting tickets to see Daniel Radcliff in the play Equus. For those […]

I’d love to see him in a play – almost any play or feature film in addition to Harry Potter. I think this young man’s talent has grown amazingly over the years. However… 😉 …I don’t think I could bring myself to see this show. The idea of the abused animals just shreds my heart. Even if it’s not on stage, the idea of it will torture me throughout the play. And… Harry is just a BOY! I can’t see him nekked! 🙂

Enjoy it Rhonda. Despite my squeamishness, I know it has received great reviews.


Thanks, Debora. To tell ya the truth, I might lose it during the play anyway. Up until this production, I’ve avoided any other presentation of this like a plague-carrying boring drunken pervert. Except as an intellectual exercise, I’m surprised I’m going, too.

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