Is it a “normal” thing for an artist to carry longing and to have a sense of being on the verge of explosion in the need to create–something–anything before all three energy goes to waste? It makes sense to me, but I’m anything far from normal. I really don’t even understand it. The closest I’ve seen is some sensual, sexual acts, but everyone isn’t me, and I think that a large portion of people in the world don’t see things the way I do and I don’t know how my vision fits, bit it sometimes does. But how? How do we move from a state of emotion to a bigger picture? How do we translate that into life? How do we move without breathing? How do we connect without touching? There’s so much in the way and try so much freedom. A breath and then I die, bit now to think and try. I’m going. I’m going. Bouncing off the walls the words will not stay still. How do I talk when sounds are made of shapes? Blast part what’s known to what’s here right now. Maybe I’ll start to understand. Maybe someday.
Here’s the review that launched The New England Theatre Geek:
“2010 October 10
Antony and Cleopatra, Harford Stage, Hartford, CT 10/7/10-11/7/10
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
From the start of the Antony and Cleopatra, Kate’s performance is filled with passion and abandon. Running in bare-footed with a sword, anyone who has seen many of Ms. Mulgrew’s performances realizes this is not the calm, controlled persona of Kathryn Janeway, Elizabeth Seton, or Janet Eldridge. Cleopatra is a woman who is one of the most powerful rulers in the world and yet is controlled by her lustful appetite for a man who can never be completely hers: Antony. Continue reading
WHY NEW WRITERS SHOULD PLAY WITH THE FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSAY AND THEN ADD IT TO THEIR “FRIENDS” LIST
Many modern educational professionals revile learning to write an essay using the five paragraph essay structure because it forces students to conform to a prescribed pattern that leaves little room for personal expression or variance in writing style. However, many modern teaching styles ignore structure altogether and inhibit formal writing, which is needed to earn high scores on school proficiency exams, other standardized exams. Continue reading
Since I want to post something every day and the piece I’m writing will not be finished until later, here’s some more plunder from my theatre blog from 2013:
To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe
Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,
The weary, wayworn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.
On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece
And the grandeur that was Rome.
Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche
How statue-like I see thee stand,
The agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
Are Holy Land!
What inspires us to create or destroy? Continue reading
(Written for http://swiftlytilting theatre.glump.net 1 April 2013) I did not watch the 2009 Tony Awards on broadcast tv. Although I did want to see Neil Patrick Harris host the awards that wasn’t a significant enough reason to remember to watch them; I didn’t know much about any of the shows nominated and the only ones that I had heard about were Billy Elliot and Shrek, The Musical and that did not provide a significant impact on me watching the awards (to see my review of Billy Elliot click here). It wasn’t until my mother-in-law told me about Neil Patrick Harris’ closing number that I regretted not watching them. So I went to YouTube hoping to find the closing number and I did (this is why clips should be allowed on YouTube, Google, so please listen up). And while I was not interested in the shows being honored, one of the reasons I do like watching award shows is that there are usually one or two acceptance speeches that are inspiring, so I started searching for the speeches and I found this:
I had never bought a lotto ticket for myself; my mom bought one to four or more a week all the time–sometimes even as many as six. She won one or two big-ish prizes (never the jackpost and in comparision to what she spent on tickets over the years, she did not break even). Continue reading