README : Bring Anya Home at 8:29 PM http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2009/12/02/Mass-family-seeking-to-adopt/1259790454.html Pardon the interruption folks, but kindly bear with me. I’ve often mentioned my friends over at Rebel Shakespeare, in particular the founder Keri Cahill who’s already spent a large part of her life dedicated to giving children a gift few people can give. Well, she’s got something straight out of a Shakespeare play going on in her own life, and it’s taken a nasty turn. Keri’s got a daughter, Nastia, adopted from Russia. So far so good. But, dig this – Nastia finds out that she’s got an older sister Anya that she never knew she had, stuck in a different orphanage. Keri immediately sets about trying to reunite the sisters, bring Anya to the US and give her a home as well, flying over to Russia to make it happen. Out from under her Russia essentially changes the rules, declaring Anya to be an adult and pretty much kicking her out on her own. In the process, making her ineligible for the same sort of adoption that Keri was able to make happen for Nastia. (At least I think I’ve got the details right.) The orphanage that Keri’d been working with essentially just disappeared out from under her, years of money and paperwork vanished. Keri’s been working for years to get Anya an education visa, and had everything so close to complete that she was literally days away, after all this time. Seriously. All of her friends have been watching her count down the hours on her Facebook status. That is, until the US Embassy denied the visa at the last minute. Why? Nobody knows. They’re looking to get some attention, any attention, on the story. It’s on the local news (NECN, as linked) and will be a live story at 9PM tonight as well. They’ve got a Facebook group going, too, to get the word out about what’s going on. It seems like half Keri’s life has been dedicated to Shakespeare. I think it’s only right that if there’s anything we Shakespeare geeks can do to support her in this heartbreaking part, that we do it. Post the story on your own blogs. Forward. Link. Repeat. We’re talking a mother whose kid is stuck in a foreign country, and she can’t do anything about it. I can’t imagine it.
I'm now in the middle of set design for the Hillman Center for Performing Art's production of The Importance of Being Earnest. I'm really glad that I have an opportunity to design the set, especially with the stylization of the production. I'll have pictures up as soon as I have an opportunity. Meanwhile, another really cool benefit of designing for this show was I had an chance to take a behind the scenes tour of Clayton, the house of Henry Clay Frick. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend going. It offers a unique perspective on life in the high point of the Gilded Age. Back to work for me, and I'll talk to you all later, -Andrew
Today is a rare day off, so I thought I would update my blog. I now have now earned my Bachelor's in Entertainment Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. It's been an interesting three years, but it's been worth it.
Now I'm in the middle of directing my first production, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I'm taking kind of a different angle to the text, in which I'm really playing up the comedy of some of the scenes, and that is going to be facing up against the serious matter of the play. For example, Act 4 Scene 2 is almost low comedy, and that is being played off of Act 4 Scene 3, which is Juliet's vial monologue. I think that by having such a contrast between scenes it will serve heighten the drama of the play as a whole.
Things are moving along, and with fifteen days until we open, I am glad of it. It could be smoother, but like I said, this is my first production. There are a few hiccup points, such as a few of the monologues, but these are difficult for any actors; and my cast is doing a great job with the challenge that the text provides. After the day off, and actually having time to write this, I'm really looking forward to jumping back into rehearsals. Yours, Andrew
That schedule that I've been discussing has more or less run it's course. Nunsense is entering the last week of it's run; and I've presented my thesis. I'll publish some more on that later. I will be graduating this coming week, so then I will have officially received a college education. I'll apply to grad school in the coming weeks, but as for now, I just feel like taking a step back and relaxing for a few days. Then it will be time to catapult into work with Romeo and Juliet. There are a few issues with casting that need resolved, but they should be resolved within the next week or so. -William
To anyone I've been short with this week, I hereby apologize. I've been running on a few hours of sleep, and if my schedule is any indication of how things will go, this week is going to get very interesting rather quickly. I have a quick list of everything I have (theatre related) that's coming up way too soon for my own liking.
Murder Boys- A staged reading for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (August 30th)
Love's Labour's Lost- "An't shall please you sir, I am Anthony Dull." I'm also Mercade; at Pittsburgh Shakespeare In The Parks (1st weekend: September 5th)
My thesis on the modern interpretation of the Commedia dell'Arte in performance. (due September 14th)
Romeo and Juliet- directing a production based around my thesis for the South Park Theatre and Theatre Sans Serif. (October 23rd)
My job as an intern at the South Park Theatre (next week is tech week for Nunsense III.)
As you can see I'm a little busy, but I'll try to keep updated as things go on.
Tonight was the first night I attended rehearsals for Love's Labours Lost. After a bit of a rocky start (and some insects) things went rather well. I actually surprised myself with how close I am to being off book. I'm really looking forward to working with this cast. That being said, I think I am going to have some trouble with character development. This usually occurs whenever I have smaller roles. My rough idea for Dull is something akin to Lenny, from Of Mice and Men. I think of him as rather happy go lucky, as he never really has to worry about doing much thinking, as he only follows orders. He is also rather strong when he needs to be. I think I will give this a try and see where it leads.
I promised everyone a slice of my life, and then immediately went back on doing so. For that I am sorry. Moving on, I have some big things coming up, whereby I'll be graduating college, directing my first production, and attending Brickfair, while doing research for my thesis. That being said, I'm making some huge strides on that; and I've uncovered some interesting philosophical points, but I'm not quite ready to publish them yet. Romeo and Juliet is moving along, and I can't believe it's only a few months until the curtain goes up, and I haven't finished casting yet. I never realized that casting was that hard. But I have my Juliet, Romeo, Mercutio, and Nurse, which are the most difficult roles to cast, as they more or less carry the show; so I am significantly less worried. On another note, I'll be attending Brickfair in Washington D.C. on August 21-23. If anyone is remotely interested in LEGO, then they should attend. I'll be there with my MOC's ready to have a great time. See you there. -William
Good morning, afternoon, and or evening everyone. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, a part time designer, and tinkerer, and an occasional actor. As this is my senior year, and I am really incredibly busy, this blog is here mostly to allow me to decompress and relax. Therefore, be prepared for a major slice of my life and work. Welcome!