Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Theatre Schedule Overload

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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rehearsal Notes

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.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Shakespeare and Legos

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