About twenty years ago, I was walking across the campus of USC in Columbia when a brown Toyota station wagon pulled over to the curb and, as I remember it, the driver leaned out of his window to ask me what I was doing with my life. His name was Buren Martin and I hadn’t seen him since he’d played the Toymaker opposite my Barnaby in a production of Babes in Toyland we’d done several years prior in Sumter, SC. Buren was about to accept a teaching position at North Greenville College (later University) as that school’s only drama instructor. More to the point, he was about to form a touring company in residence there and he needed actors.
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