This Week at the Theatre Job
While there were no performances this week, I did lead several teams as they work through various stages of production! Because I got this job in the middle of several shows (for there are always shows in process), it’s been a long wait to finally take over that process for all the shows in the theatre. I’ve been organizing and leading and resolving conflict, and I feel good about it. The next show that opens is Fahrenheit 451, which is cast entirely with young people (I think all under 18). The purpose is to get schools to do a field trip to see a play. Did you ever do that when you were a kid? We’d go to the local college and see performances, and it just blew my mind!
My husband is both the sound designer and mentor for Fahrenheit 451. He’s taken two young people under his wing to show them the ropes on finding and implementing sound effects, and also how to record foley effects! One young person has gone giddy about playing all sound effects in reverse, which I think is fun, and I enjoy seeing these kids thrive while learning new skills under a mentor.
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor: When a nineteen-year-old young black man named James White murders someone during a drug deal, he’s sent to prison for 19 years. Senghor describes what led up to that murder and his time in prison, and how he laid to rest James White to become Shaka Senghor. The memoir could have done without some hyperbolic cliffhangers, and I was skeptical when he argued he hadn’t done anything violent in prison for ten years despite paying to have an inmate beat up.
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey: The first book in The Last Herald Mage trilogy introduces us to Vanyel. Unlike The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, Vanyel is not Chosen until near the very end, giving more time for background on him as a person before life as a Herald. Though Lackey doesn’t clarify the time period in Magic’s Pawn, we know it’s hundreds of years before The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy because Vanyel is a legend in the books Talia reads. My review is coming on Monday!
Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen: Right away, I could tell this collection of poems was not for me. The speaker goes through a gamut of emotions after a break up, and I was both overwhelmed by the number of poems about pining away and underwhelmed by the lack of attention to basic poetry tools, like imagery and alliteration.
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
Roots by Alex Haley: On Saturday, Shell @ Books by the Cup and I discussed chapters 41-60 of Roots by Alex Haley. It was a tumultuous 20 chapters! Kunta Kinte arrives in Virginia, is sold at auction, makes several attempts to escape, is physically punished within an inch of his life, sold again, and is creeping toward forty. He seems content, which makes me uncomfortable.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: Thanks to the Netflix version of Alias Grace capturing my attention, I decided to add the novel to my Feb-March reading schedule. I want to know more about the ending, and several of you mentioned that the book is wonderful. I didn’t realize it’s so long, about 550 pages, so I’m spreading it out over about 5-6 weeks. I may do this more often instead of trying to fit all books I read into one month.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall: This is the book I’m reading aloud to my husband. Okay, something weird is going on. These are not only zombies, but they develop a third eye that can get into your head and make you do things! The book is oh-so funny. One woman dressed as Princess Leia (at a Trekkie convention!) was left without shoes and has to make do with some puffy novelty slippers shaped like the Enterprise that are described as being the size of shoe boxes. And she’s running around the hotel, killing zombies in that outfit. Currently, the main character, Jim, and Leia are headed toward a hotel room in which Jim’s sister is trapped.
Next Week in Reading
I’m starting a few books over the next week. First, the second book in The Last Herald Mage trilogy, Magic’s Promise by Mercedes Lackey. Vanyel went through more in the first book than Talia did in her whole trilogy, so I cant wait to see what happens next. Also, I’ll begin This Much Space by K.K. Hendin for my reading fat women challenge. The cover says it is book two in a series, but from what I’ve read I don’t need to backtrack. The fat woman on the cover makes me heart soar!