Ash Fork Madness©️
Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison
copyright 2019 Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison
Six days before opening night the Madness crew arrived at the old building and began to remove the flats, stagecoach, screen and Connie’s prodigious prickly pear cactus patch. The crew began loading everything onto the trucks — soon to be en route to the waiting stage.
I still had two weeks to enjoy the old building before G.B. began to renovate it, and I felt a flood of sadness knowing it would be lost shortly after the show’s final night. We had shared so much, the old building and I. And my sweet Park Avenue Pigeons, they would soon be shut out of their home forever and driven away by the construction to come.
My wistful thoughts were shattered by the harsh sound of G.B. arriving and shouting orders to his carpenter, Wayne, who trailed behind. G.B. was also giving orders to my crew, which stopped their progress when he began to describe the details of his new project.
“ . . . An’ I’ll have three apartments an’ two offices downstairs, an’ three apartments an’ two offices upstairs.” Then he interrupted himself to say, “Wayne, y’all be real careful when y’all’re movin’ Charle’s pictures, paints and thangs. Don’t know what y’all’ll do with it but she’s real particular ‘bout that ol’ Century Plant.”
As Wayne passed by me he leaned over and softly said, “I tried Charle, but I just couldn’t stall him any longer.”
G.B.’s long held dream to convert the old wooden structure into a new rental gold mine was about to be realized.
And like most of G.B.’s tenants — I had been evicted!