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May. 31st, 2011 @ 05:36 pm (no subject)
Less blah.
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May. 15th, 2011 @ 01:11 pm (no subject)
BLAAAAAAAAH.
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Mar. 7th, 2010 @ 01:04 am (no subject)
So Oedipus went up. And it was awesome - it did all come together, and I managed to do what I needed to do and suffice to say I think it's the best acting job I have ever done and among the best-acted plays I've ever been in. But two show runs go fast (oh, Short Shakes, how I don't miss the length of your runs) and we have closed as well as opened. And now for the post-show-partum depression.

Also, I have shaved. This is interesting, as I have not done it in about 10 months. But there it is - my actual chin. Rather shocking. I think I still like it; it's odd that the beard still didn't feel like it looked like me, but now neither does clean-shaven me. We shall see how it wears.
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Mar. 4th, 2010 @ 12:02 am (no subject)
Oedipus on Friday and Saturday. Sigh. We should have performed two weeks ago - now we're overrehearsed, just like I feared, and the cast is starting to get antsy and unhappy with the director (and her lack of direction), with each other, and with life in general. I'm really hoping we can keep it together through two shows; hell, I'm hoping our whole cast is at them both (which is not about growling at each other, but about one cast member losing her voice and one getting sick). Oy.

Let's see, rest of life. Good friends here now, which is good, although I really miss my Seattle folks pretty badly, and I would lie if I said I didn't also miss G&S more every time this cast reminds me how little it is like G&S. Two papers which I have talked to the profs about but which are otherwise entirely on the shelf until Oedipus is over, which scares me a bit, since we're in 9th week of a 10 week + 1 exam week quarter. In better news, directing Comedy of Errors next quarter, which scares me in a much better way. I will not repeat this director's mistakes - instead I shall do my best channeling of Shana, and that should be better in exact proportion to how well I can channel her.
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Feb. 12th, 2010 @ 01:41 am (no subject)
Play going well - been offbook for four weeks now, really doing well. Unfortunately, I'm a bit afraid we're going to end up stale by the time we perform in another three weeks. For God's sake, just get this thing in front of an audience. I don't want to pass through the magic stage into rote recitation before I even see an audience.

Classwork isn't yet avalanching on me, but who knows when it will (answer: soon, probably. Need a paper topic for 18th century commercial affect class stat).

Valentine's Day on Sunday. I'm having the sort of itch which probably means I'll write another long poem (or at least try to) for it. Not sure why, but it happens every couple years.

Prospective grad students will be visiting the weekend my play performs. 17 this year (up from 11 my year, of whom 7 came). Should be interesting - one of them went to elementary school with me and then was at St Edmund Hall while I was. It'll be good to see him again. Nice guy.

Done with Doctor Who (well, not DONE. But I've seen all the possible episodes of Series 1-4.5). Excellent, excellent, excellent. Sad. But excellent.
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Feb. 2nd, 2010 @ 06:38 pm (no subject)
Today is one of those days which are advertisements for winter. Just enough snow in the sky to make an effect and dust the ground, but not enough to impede vision or traffic; a touch of chill, but never below 25 or above 33, so the snow stays fresh with just a hint of crunch; sunshine through the snow; a jacket-gloves-and-hat day, but not a double-jacket day, a long underwear day, or a scarf day - and indeed, if my ears did not get cold faster than most, I might almost say a day without a hat; a day that reminds you it is winter without freezing you, and yet without a false promise of spring or an unrealistic continuation of autumn; the season distilled into a single afternoon.
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Jan. 22nd, 2010 @ 01:05 am Warning: Politics and Law
Three political/legal (and they are inextricably intertwined) issues on my mind right now:
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Jan. 16th, 2010 @ 05:47 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: chipperchipper
So I read today that mathematicians, physicists and poets all peak creatively, on average, before age 30, with poets specifically peaking at or around 21 (again, on average). Now, I knew that my mathematical skills (17?) and physics skills (18?) peaked before that, but this is the first time I've had to face the thought that perhaps I'm past my peak in something I actually care about. And of course, it simply confirms that I'm what you'd expect: getting older. Perhaps I will be unusual, however, since I feel like I'm only really now getting to what I think can be done with meter poetry in the modern world. On the plus side, literary critics are supposed to peak in their forties, so I got some time left there.

Oedipus Rex is going well; I should be off-book I think next week (although the private, ambitious goal is tomorrow...so maybe I should get on that?). The beard is a go for that production, so at the least I will be keeping it until March. I am indecisive after that period, however. I go back and forth about it, which is perhaps the definition of being indecisive.

Classes are odd. I feel like the class on Shakespeare is being taught at or below the level of the Shakespearean Playwriting I got from Greenblatt freshman year, which is alarming. Strier is a very thorough, very honest, very clear guy - but that only confirms to me, as he thoroughly, honestly, and clearly sets out his ideas, how much I think he's got it wrong. Which seems to be a general impression in the program - but he takes disagreement well, if you're willing to be as thorough, honest, and clear, so that much is good. 18th-century commercial affect is...well, it's actually really good, although I still don't know what Affect is. I like the professor, and the class dynamic, and I feel like I have things to say and like I'm capable of doing good work on our source texts. Now, if only it was in my field...

Social life in Chicago is good. Made friends with a smallish group of seniors at Chicago, all in the theater here, and they seem to have accepted me remarkably quickly. Of course, they're all frighteningly smart, so that might help. There aren't too many social circles where I'm among the least socially-awkward either...but it's a good group, and I just wish they weren't, ya know, all graduating this year. Getting to know them has also meant that I'm swing-dancing more, since they all go to a weekly dance night which happens to be on one of my non-rehearsal nights (since I rehearse 5 of 7 nights a week, that's not unimportant). Not getting any better, but at least I don't have a heart attack when I think about asking someone to dance anymore. Or not all the time, anyway. Although I still get more pleasure out of talking to someone while dancing than out of just dancing. But that's OK. They also play boardgames, although party games rather than my own niche of strategy games. Nothing to complain about, though. It's like methadone for a heroin addict - at least I don't have the shakes anymore.

It's remarkable how much more I'm doing this quarter, and I still feel like I have time on my hands. Like being able to catch entirely up on the marvelous Doctor Who (new series) and now starting on Chuck (which I always liked, but sans TV have fallen three years behind on). Or reading for pleasure again. Baking more. Even trying to write more poetry, and hoping to eventually get a third draft of my epic poem. Or even a first reader of it.
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Jan. 8th, 2010 @ 05:17 pm Acting
So back here in Chicago, starting a new quarter - my 18th century commercial affect class is looking up (Defoe this week!) and of course I have no problems with Shakespearean Comedy and Romance - and I auditioned for shows this week, and now it looks like I'll be playing the lead in the classical club's Oedipus Rex. Exciting! It's been too long since I acted (yes, I know it's only been like 9 months, but that's too long.). And by "it looks like" I mean I just accepted the part, so yeah.

Yay.
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Dec. 24th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm (no subject)
Home sweet home in Seattle.

Known schedule:
Sunday (27th) - DnD, 6-10pm
Thursday (31st) - Compleat Wrks, Rachel's housewarming (all evening, between 'em).
Saturday (2nd) - Harvard v. Seattle U basketball (1:30-4)
Sunday (3rd) - fly home to Chicago.

Help me fill the time!
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