After verifying that yes, he was scheduled to appear, I started contacting people I knew in NYC to give them a heads'-up about the event. (This is what's known as fangirling-by-proxy, duckies.) To my delight, Becky was available that night, and decided to go. Here's her write-up about the event, and a little info on what ESS has been up to lately.
"May 19, 2013 (Sunday) The Living Room, NYC: It was a lot of fun! The music was really, really good, a great mix of folk, country, and songs the Collective sang when they were together years ago. I highly encourage everyone to check them out on FB here.
The atmosphere was really comfortable, laid back & hilarious too. Sort of like upscale karaoke in a way, with different performers getting up to sing whenever they were called by Diana, the host & fellow participant. It supported a charity called New York Cares. Eric's friend Reid was there & he sang too (he was really, really good! Sort of folksy) and he said he ragged on Eric about his character on ATWT. He was like "It must be from the soap opera" when I told him why I was there/how I knew Eric.
Colin McGrath was also really, really good (he plays the guitar as well), as was Diana. Jenny [Sheffer-Stevens, Eric's wife -Kate] got up and sang with them a few times, sort of as backup, songs they had sung when they were part of the Collective back in the day.
Toby King is hilarious. He was just cracking jokes all night (I ended up sitting at a table in front of him, which was across from ESS/Jenny), and was like "Are they full of women?" when Jenny, Colin, Reid, and Diana got up to sing and had binders of music with them.
Later on, after the show, which was about an hour and a half long or so, Eric asked me about the venue that the 2012 VSC play took place in and which one we went to. He knew people had gone & that I was one of them.
I told him I went to the one in Burlington. I thought this past venue was bigger and Burlington was a great city, although I wish I had told him about there weren't any bleachers at this one, just picnic tables, and they didn't serve food, but had a crepe truck.
He said something about the play they're going to do this year, about them taking a script he'd written in college and using it for the play, which is pretty cool IMO. He said he wasn't doing any projects currently. He seemed very relaxed and in a great mood, happy. He didn't end up doing any kind of performance himself. He said he couldn't pull anything together in time."
So there you have it! I'm really interested in finding out more about this script that Eric wrote. And thank you, Becky, for being our intrepid reporter!
Anyone else have news on ESS? Let me know! :)