This Week at the Theatre Job
On Friday, Michiana Monologues (like the vagina monologues in the Michigan/Indiana area) performed on our large stage. The theme this year is PerSISTERS. The group “solicits the anonymous donation of true stories of local women,” which are then read by women in the organization.
Fahrenheit 451 opened Friday and closed Saturday night. Although it only had a two-day run, many enjoyed the beautiful set, lighting design, and sound effects. My husband’s sound effect for the mechanical dogs was something hound-like mixed with horrifying dentist drill noises! Ack!
The set is coming along for Caroline or Change, a musical about an African American housekeeper for a Jewish family in the south during the 1960s. The little boy wants to give her more money, so he purposely leaves change in his pants for Caroline to find when she does the laundry (they make a deal; she doesn’t just keep money). Here is more about the musical.
This Week in TV & Film
I didn’t end up following the Jeopardy! tournament with the teams. It’s the same people I’ve watched slay each other before, and making them teams didn’t excite me like I thought it would. If I was watching, I’d be #TeamAustin.
When I couldn’t sleep one night, I posited this out into Facebook world:
When I was a child, if I woke up sick any time between 3:00 and 6:00AM, you could be sure Conan the Destroyer was on TBS. I loved it. Grace Jones. OH MY GAWD. So, this was me, not much longer after I shared my Facebook question:
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
I finally finished the hysterical rhyming play script The Liar by David Ives. In it Dorante cannot seem to stop lying, while his servant, Cliton, can only tell the truth. Dorante tries to teach Cliton how to lie, giving him an add list of advice. Here, Cliton tries out lying:
CLITON: (My chance to lie! Okay. Let's take a shot.
Don't swerve. Be tripping. Poetry. Stay low.
Irrelevant details. With verve! And flow.)
("Flowing.") Hi, there. The name's Clit. . .Jacques.
CLITON: It's new to France.
ISABELLE: And what is that you're doing, modern dance?
CLITON: You know, I just arrived here from Peru.
My gold mines.
ISABELLE: Are you lying?
CLITON: Yes, are you?
Now ask me anything. Ask me where I'm from.
ISABELLE: Nice weather, huh?
CLITON: Japan. Well that was dumb.
I cannot wait to see this show performed at my theatre this September!
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall: the rag-tag group of die-hard Trekkies make their way through the hotel, discovering a scientist. You didn’t think a zombie story could skip that trope, did you? He explains that the zombie plague started with space matter that came back to Earth on a probe. Memorable, lovable characters in a novel that turns tropes on its head and will keep Trekkie fans fangirling.
This Much Space by K.K. Hendin: I’ve never read a New Adult novel before, but that’s what it is — and I liked it! I’ll have loads to say about this amazing fat college student in my review this week.
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
Roots by Alex Haley: Shell @ Books by the Cup and I read and discussed chapters 61-80. Kunta Kinte marries Bell, has a daughter, and worries that his family can be torn apart by a master who is nervous about nearby slave revolts.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: Grace Marks recalls for Dr. Jordan her family’s trip from Ireland to Canada. Her mother dies on the journey, and the sick wailing passengers reminded me so much of Kunta Kinte’s journey on the slave ship. I, myself, am starting to feel mistrustful of all boats.
Next Week in Reading:
Shell and I will tackle another 20 chapters of Roots, and I’ll get about half-way through Alias Grace. I’ll start Magic’s Promise by Mercedes Lackey for #ReadingValdemar. The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories by Monica Nolan and Alisa Surkis is on the agenda; I haven’t read a short story collection yet in 2019! I’ll also get a good start on Fahrenheit 451 (the novel, not the play) by Ray Bradbury this week.
What was your week like? What’s ahead? Feel free to share a weekly round up post in my comments!