It’s been a while, so as is my wont now and again… it’s random list time!
1) For those who have not heard, I have been cajoled out of retirement to play the part of Rosalind for the Winthrop Playmakers’ production of As you Like It! This is a dream part for me and one, due to the small-mindedness of most professional casting folks, that I wouldn’t normally be given the chance to play. I’m extremely excited (especially because my script came yesterday) and can’t wait to get down and dirty with the Bard. The show performs October 5-14 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, so mark your calendars. Should be lots of fun, and if nothing else you can come laugh at how rusty my acting skills are.
2) My partner in crime and I took a trip down to New York this weekend past so that I could take him to see Sleep no More. This show has been making a big splash in the
theatre communities due to its fairly revolutionary approach to Shakespeare and its rampantly successful run in New York. Half theatre, half art installation (I described it pretty well in my post post-first-visit); Sleep no More combines Macbeth andHitchcock’s Rebecca to weave a non-linear story of murder, terror, and uncanny humanity. Due to the free-form interaction audiences have with the experience, I saw a lot this time that I missed the first time. I also had the privilege of two one-on-ones (for those not in the know: during this show, actors will grab random unsuspecting audience members, lock them in rooms, and perform private vignettes for only those audience members to see), and a “fetch quest” (was given something to give to someone else which then made things happen). If you’re at all curious, GO SEE IT. I’m being purposefully vague because I truly think that everyone should experience this show at least once (and you’re going to want to go more than that, trust me, my partner in crime and I are already looking to schedule another trip).
3) Life without the internet is hard! Last week, a giant thunderstorm brought in its wake the demise of our interwebs for the period of four laborious days. I will admit, I got a great deal done during that time which otherwise would have remained a wish and a dream (like cleaning out my closet and re-organizing my shoes), and the local coffee house did lend itself well to practicing my German since I actually couldn’t leave until I had finished my goal for the day, but I am more than glad to be able to google random bits from my own chair again.
4) Thirty hours in New York is nowhere near long enough. While I did get to spend most of my waking time wandering Central Park and/or eating wonderful food, this time was just long enough to make me remember how much I sorely miss home. Boston’s great but it ain’t New York. Sigh.
5) Changing up one’s exercise routine is a great way to keep oneself motivated to go to the gym, a great way to kick one’s own buttocks, and a great way to sleep better at night. In an effort to push my cardio to the next level, I started C25K as part of my cardio regime. There are all kinds of resources available for folks who are interested in the program (including a free app for your iPhone that remembers where you are in the program, checks off workouts you’ve already done, keeps track of time for you, lets you pipe in your music during your jog, and congratulates you when you finish a workout). This summer, I’ve been really hitting the gym hard in an effort to boost my endorphin dependence before the semester starts and, as a byproduct, boost my required gym time by about two hours a week. Working out has a plethora of health benefits, which I’m certain you’re aware of, but I’m mostly concerned with how it helps me manage stress. Also with how morally superior it makes me feel. Yea, I work out, I’m automatically better than a couch-sitter.
6) Paper writing is a long-term aspiration, not a short-term project. They’re called “projects” for a reason, so I should think of them more as something that I live with than something that I can do in a reasonable amount of time. Also, I shouldn’t over-commit to the number I can handle on my desk at any given moment. Also, I should remember that a good paper is like a fine wine: letting it sit on a shelf and age for a bit will improve its overall quality, but let it sit too long and it turns to vinegar.
7) I will be seeing some exciting theatre this week (including Coriolanus on Boston Common, and the Boston Opera Collective’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld … god do I love Offenbach). Stay tuned!
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