One awesome surprise proposal organized for a special lady by her husband with help from the bride’s theatre company.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
This week is the 1 year anniversary of CrazyTown author Bob Simpson’s wedding. He married a fantastic woman named Emily Clark and I got to be in the bridal party of this blessed event (alongside Editor in Cheif Ryan Scott Oliver). Not only that, but I co-planned Bob's propsal with Mr. Simpson and, let me just say... that it was THE BEST proposal EVER!
So Emily and Pam (I will now be referring to myself in the 3rd person) were acting in and producing a little musical called RIGHT TOGETHER, LEFT TOGETHER. They decided to have a casual reading of it for close friends and family in LA so that they could get feedback on the script. Mr. Simpson read the role of “Paul” in this little presentation and did a fantastic job. So fantastic that Pam Quinn, the writer of said musical, wished that he was going to be available to come out to New York that following winter to do a staged reading of the piece. Unfortunately, at the time, he was not. Some time went by and Pam found out, from Bob, that he WAS in fact available to do the reading and decided that as soon as he and Emily came out to do the show that he would propose to her in New York City. Pam shit her pants with excitement. Bob also informed Pam that he wouldn’t be able to be on the same flight with Emily because he couldn’t get the time off of work, so he would have to arrive a little later. Pam thought and then shit her pants again... she suggested that they not even tell Emily that Bob was going to be doing the show so that it would be a triple surprise. 1. Bob’s in New York and 2. he’s doing the show 3. You’re getting engaged.
Bob rehearsed the show in secret with the composer in LA while Emily went about her day. Pam created a faux “Paul” named KYLE BUTLER, whom was CC’d on all emails to the cast while Emily went about her day. Pam made a reservation at a fantastic Italian bistro on the upper west side (it was actually in Hell’s Kitchen... but upper west side sounds nicer) while Emily went about her day.
- Rehearsal begins
- Pam receives a Text that Bob has arrived and is heading to the hotel.
- Pam and Emily leave rehearsal early and head to the restaurant where the cast has agreed to meet them for the “meeting” in a bit.
- Emily and Pam arrive at the restaurant. They are sat at a table for two and Pam acts as if she’s annoyed and specifically requested a table for 5, but tells Emily that they’ll just wait till the gang gets there.
5. They wait...
6. Pam gets a text from Bob “I’m here.”
7. Pam looks around.... no Bob.
8. Pam then pretends that she’s getting a call from the director of the musical and begins “Fake arguing” with silence (because it would be believable that she and the director would be arguing about something. They always were.)
9. Pam calls Bob outside “What do you mean you’re here? Where?? I’m here and I don’t see you.” The two suddenly realize that Bob is at the wrong restaurant downtown. “STALL!” Bob instructs and makes his journey to the correct place.
10. Pam returns to the table in a panic and tries to make small talk with her best friend... which is weird... that she can’t think of anything better to say than “So... have you always had 20-20 vision??)
11. Bob arrives (35 minutes later following painfully awkward conversation.) “Oh, Kyle Butler’s here!” Pam announces and Emily turns in confusion. She sees a coat, looks up and sees the face of her husband. “WHAT THE FU...” She screams.
12. Bob Laughs
13. Pam Laughs
14. The restaurant patrons get uncomfortable
15. Bob turns to Pam “Should I just do it?”
16. Pam gets out her camera phone.... “Do it”
17. He proposes.
And he was... and he was awesome....
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YOU GUYS!!! LOVE YOU!!!
PAM QUINN Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. By her 20th birthday she had three original works produced in the Los Angeles area. Rising from sketch comedy writing and a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She began collaborating on an idea for an original musical (Right Together, Left Together) with Will Collyer and Jacob Harvey. Since moving back to New York in ’05, Pam hasn’t stopped breathing this idea. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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