DIAMOND OSCILLATOR CONNECTS TWO WOMEN AT THE OLD GLOBE THEATER
So why would two women travel 6,300 miles to spend one evening at the Tony
award winning Old Globe Theater? Is it the character of the Cassius Carter
Centre stage, or the excitement of front row seats? It is neither. They are
on a pilgrimage to experience the intensity of actor Reed Diamond, currently
playing the dual role of Walker/Ned in the Pulitzer prize-nominated Three
Days Of Rain.
And how did these two, from opposite coasts of the country, conspire to plan
this massive road trip? They met on the Internet.
It all started when Toni Pebbles, a paralegal from San Francisco, posted an
electronic message to The Homicide: Life On The Streets listserv group. She
was looking for local natives going to see Diamond perform on June 19th, or
anyone who wanted to share a coffee afterwards to discuss his appearance.
This message was sent to approximately 350 electronic mailboxes in 15
different countries. Additional information was then posted, forwarded from
the alt.tv.homicide newsgroup. It was the press release taken from the
theater web page, found at www.oldglobe.org.
All of these communications hit the computer mailbox of Amy Huck, who runs a
product brokerage business out of her home in south central Pennsylvania.
She began a digital dialogue with Pebbles, whose enthusiasm was so
contagious, she also bought a single, front row ticket to the event. Huck
then quickly researched the theater's location in Balboa park, secured and
purchased the lowest cost airfare, and located discount lodging
accommodations-all on the web.
So who is Reed Diamond, where is the homicide, and what is a listserv group?
Diamond is a classically trained actor and graduate of Julliard, who for
three memorable seasons played Det. Mike Kellerman on the Emmy award winning
NBC series Homicide: Life On The Streets. The Barry Levinson drama, popular
with the critics and loyal fans, has a resolute presence on the Internet.
Numerous web pages, bulletin boards, newsgroups and mailing list groups are
dedicated to the story line, characters and actors in the program. While
sitting in these parking lots of the global highway, fans share unsolicited
opinions, ask questions or provide spoilers and sightings to other fans, or
lurkers, in their forum.
And Reed Diamond, with his gritty and convincing portrayal of Homicide's
tormented Mike Kellerman, captures the greater part of the hypertext on
So why is Diamond the focus of this cybernetic fascination? Besides being
drop-dead gorgeous (as described by Executive Producer Tom Fontana and
endorsed by TV Guides "Most Memorable Faces"), he is foremost an exceptional
actor. Diamond has appeared in a number of television series and movies, and
has amassed an impressive list of credits in film and theater as well. He
does an extraordinary job as the narrator of David Simon's book "Homicide: A
Year On The Killing Streets", from which the television series was based.
Even enemy netizens of the Kellerman character are convinced of his skills
as an accomplished actor.
What motivates these women to champion a local theatrical production, where
the ticket cost is a fraction of their expense and the play's duration a
significant portion of their time spent in San Diego? As artists and
published authors, on this subject both Pebbles and Huck agree.
As a performer, Diamond draws them into the character and story, acting as a
conduit for them to enter whatever world his character is in. They admire
his intensity, physical presence, passion and focus, drawing them out of
their lives, and into the character's moment. Because Reed Diamond has the
ability to be in the moment.
Huck, who adamantly avoids network television, began watching Homicide after
recognizing Baltimore's venerable Fells Point, where it is filmed on
location. The locale got her attention, but the shows writing, acting,
directing and production made her a devotee. Being positively wired herself,
Huck appreciates the shows strong presence on the Internet. NBC also took
note, and created a web-based version called "Second Shift", which had a
storyline crossover with its television counterpart. This may have been why
in Electronic Media's Semiannual Critics Poll, TV Writers named Homicide
their favorite series for three years in a row.
And Pebbles and Huck aren't the only charged Homicide/Diamond fans. For
several years, many of them converge on the charmed harbor city for two
events: Homicide Live and Homicon. Homicide Live is a variety show performed
by the television cast for the benefit of the Fells Point Creative Alliance.
Homicon is an international conglomeration of web-based fans that spend
their Columbus Day weekend in Fells Point. Huck, who lives 75 miles north,
frequently travels to "Balmer", where she buys coffee at the Daily Grind and
eats lunch at the Waterfront Bar-both cast favorites and locations used in
the series. Pebbles regretted missing these events, so attending Diamond's
performance was imperative.
But what has made the fans totally iconoclast is that even after winning
numerous honors, including two Emmy and three Peabody awards, NBC Executives
have dropped Homicide from its Friday night line-up. Huck has since noticed
an increase in web-based Homicide discussions while now boycotting network
TV. Though Homicide fans had less than a week to digest the news of the
show's cancellation prior to its finale, they immediately responded a with a
wired-roots campaign to save Homicide. A web site (www.savehomicide.com) was
quickly created in an attempt to organize fans. The site asks them to sign a
petition, take out advertisements in the newspaper, contact Network
Executives and clog the bandwidth with Homicide discussions.
What do the two pilgrims desire to take with them from this journey?
Pebbles, a veteran of Community Theater in San Francisco, hopes to get an
autograph for herself and some friends. Huck would like a photograph with
Pebbles and their favorite actor Reed Diamond. Using a digital camera of
course, so she can instantly download it over the Internet.
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My Shrine to Reed Diamond!