Bill Mesnik - "MESMERIZED" - Bill Mesnik's “Summer Journey” - A Story Told In 10 Songs - A "DIG THIS" SPECIAL SERIES - Chapter Three - "Into Santa Anas"

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The man trudges on, to where he doesn’t know. He just needs a place to land. The air is hot and choking, his brain is racing. Then, he realizes: it’s Santa Ana season.

“The baby frets. The maid sulks. I rekindle a waning argument with the telephone company, then cut my losses and lie down, given over to whatever is in the air. To live with the Santa Ana is to accept, consciously or unconsciously, a deeply mechanistic view of human behavior. ...[T]he violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.”— Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. (1968)


William “Bill” Mesnik is an actor, director, writer and musician. He has performed in the Broadway productions of La Bete and Oh! Calcutta!, an Off-Broadway productions of Modigliani and A Weekend Near Madison. Other productions include: regional performances at Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, McCarter Theatre, The Kennedy Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville as well as European tours of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chekov’s Ivanov with the Moscow Art Theatre. Bill’s numerous film and television credits include: Minority Report, Titanic, Curb Your Enthusiasm, That ‘70s Show and Spin City. As a playwright, he has garnered a Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice Award for Three Songs. He also has various nominations and acclaim for Innocence and Experience and Love’s Labors Lost. As a musician, Bill has released the albums, Innocence and Experience, 9 Hexagrams From The I Ching and Mudslinger.

By Rich Buckland 06/18/2020 04:13 PM

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