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It is quite a while since I have last updated here. Not that that's really anything new.

Revenger's Tragedy was an unholy delight. I played Vindici (aka the eponymous Revenger [ha. That's how the word is used in a sentence, Coopers]). When the cast list went up I was so excited I fell out of my chair and bit a friend's thigh. So, I'm weird and bitey, as well as incredibly lucky to have the opportunities I have. Not everything about the production was perfect, which was sad; I really really really wish that everyone involved was having as good a time with it as I was.

Fall semester this year was really my "I am turning into Janet Carter" semester. Well, more the winter in general. It wasn't until spring that I studied the Romance of the Rose, as well as continuing with Greek, and not to mention Revenger's.

This spring I took an acting course, my first real serious *study* of this thing I do alllllll the time. Probably the most memorable moment of it, for me, was when a friend (my Hippolito from Revenger's) and I did a scene from Pinter's "Betrayal". The first time we ran it for the class, we agreed we weren't done with it. But then the instructor put it back on stage, and pushed us to keep the emotional intensity, wouldn't let us back down. I ended up literally trembling from the emotional tension, and afterwards broke down crying (I think I had also had a midterm that day, and was somewhat stressed to begin with). It was... amazing. I love acting.

Shakes did The Merry Wives of Windsor this spring, and I was Nym, aka the Looming Cowboy. My director had strange notions sometimes. But it was a lot of fun, particularly as I finally got to really interact with the person who was my Henrik and Brutus, and directed Revenger's but with whom I hadn't really gotten to act.

Um. And this summer, I'm going to the BADA Midsummer in Oxford program. Which means I will be spending a month in Oxford, England, living at BALLIOL COLLEGE, studying acting. Oh, and Derek Jacobi is scheduled to be a special guest. And I leave for this in a week and a half. I'm pretty excited, and I think I would be more so, except my brain is having trouble wrapping itself around this concept. It's simply too much awesome to comprehend.

So, yeah. Life goes on. I'm going to be a senior this year, for which I am not nearly ready. While being occasionally unspeakably horrible, college has in general pretty much been the best time of my life, and I'm not nearly ready to let that end. So here's to a fabulous senior year!

Your wish is my command.

Well, it's long enough since I posted here that I can probably find something to say, having been specifically asked to do so. Hmm.

Right now I'm in two shows, which is fun, although I haven't really had rehearsal for one of them yet.

In Major Barbara, I am Adolphus Cusins, a mild young Greek professor, and I'm having a blast. Even after Guildenstern, it's still novel to not be the sketchy older man; no indeed, here, I am the one being sketched at! And I'm engaged to the person I've been married to twice previously. I think this time around it's going to be better. After all, both previous times, I cheated on her, and the first time she left me, and the second time I was just terrified of her/maybe hated her a little. But I think Dolly and Barbara will do better. I hope and trust. And I'm taking Greek, so sometimes I laugh at private Greek jokes in my head during rehearsal.

And in Two Gentlemen of Verona, I'm Antonio, the father of Proteus, one of the eponymous gentlemen. Who is played by the person who was my son in Night Music. This semester is Egerman Redux. Right now, I'm too busy with Barbara to notice, but I think when that's done, I will regret not being more involved in this show. But oh well.

And a friend is directing Revenger's Tragedy over Wintersession. *evil grin*

Well, I'd better go to my Shakes meeting. I'll post again sometime, I'm sure.


I'm just back from a week in England, where I succeeded in seeing (*deep breath*) David Tennant's Hamlet.


There are no words.

First hearing that he was going to be playing Hamlet for the RSC, we knew that he would be perfect. After all, he has proved in Doctor Who that he's amazing at being angry and sad and conflicted and a bit mad and everything Hamlet should be. "He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. And... he's wonderful."

And Patrick Stewart was Claudius, which, also, squee. Under normal circumstances, this would be the big thing to squee about, but while his Claudius was very very good, David Tennant's Hamlet was a revelation. Also, maybe I'm a bit obsessed with him. But there's nothing wrong with that, right? Right?

So, anyway, I think my life is now complete.


So, I'm sort of named after a character in a book, who has a twin named Laurie (Laurence). And now I'm Laurie, too. Sitting around with a bunch of friends, we were talking about what Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's first names were. (though, really, no one in Hamlet has more than one name, so there's no reason we should, but whatever.) And we decided that we're Charlie Rosencrantz and Laurence Guildenstern. And Hamlet's first name is Tracy. So amusing.

Ah, online quizzes

This one was accurate enough to want to post:

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Anime Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Social Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

And then, of course, there was this one, which I took as Guildenstern:

Paranoid Disorder:Very High
Schizoid Disorder:High
Schizotypal Disorder:High
Antisocial Disorder:Moderate
Borderline Disorder:Moderate
Histrionic Disorder:Low
Narcissistic Disorder:Moderate
Avoidant Disorder:Moderate
Dependent Disorder:High
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:Moderate

-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --
-- Personality Disorders --

Well, it's been a while since I posted here. In fact, I haven't posted in two shows (yes, this is actually how I measure my life)!

Last weekend was "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," in which I was Senex. A dirty old man, once again. More explicitly this time than ever before, though. There was a song about it. It was fabulously inappropriate, the whole cast was amazing, and in all, it was one of the best things I've ever been involved in.

Two weeks from today, "Into the Woods" opens, in which I am playing Rapunzel, about as far from a dirty old man as you can possibly get. Oh, and I'm going to be wearing the dress my wife left me in in "A Little Night Music." And a corset.

And this week, I've been auditioning for "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." It's been a nerve-wracking process, because for the first time in my life, I was actually specifically auditioning for a part, and I *really, really wanted it*. Um. I got it. I'm Guildenstern. Words cannot express how happy I am. And Rosencrantz is my director from "Forum," and an amazing, amazing person, and Hamlet is my girlfriend.

To sum up, my life is pretty amazing right now.

Well, I knew that...

You Are A: Puppy!

puppy dogBeloved by all, puppies are energetic, playful, and loving. Your playful and friendly nature is part of what makes you a puppy. Known for their loyalty, puppies make great pets for young and old alike. And an innocent puppy face can melt anyone's heart!

You were almost a: Lamb or a Duckling
You are least like a: Squirrel or a FrogWhat Cute Animal Are You?
Oh, yeah. And I'm Julius Caesar. (and Pindarus and Strato, Cassius' and Brutus' slaves, respectively, so I get to kill them/help them kill themselves. revenge is a beautiful, beautiful thing.)

Sep. 18th, 2007

When I was living in England, the year I was nine, my family visited the Doctor Who museum, near the Welsh border. (I think it was that trip, anyway. [*shudder* I nearly just wrote 'thripp' instead of trip...]) At that point, I had never seen any Doctor Who. Now I have.

I just watched the first two episodes of Season 3 (in the new series; I don't understand the numbering system at all). This is the second season with the Tenth Doctor, David [no, Nicola, not Geoffrey] Tennant.

The second episode was The Shakespeare Code, featuring [duh] one Will Shakespeare. Who, while not exactly my usual image of Will, is indubitably amazing. And it has the best exchange ever in it, when Will tries to flirt with Martha. That is, one of the many times Will tries to flirt with Martha, but anyway:

"Martha: Whoa, nelly! I know for a fact you've got a wife in the country.
Shakespeare: But, Martha, this is town.
The Doctor: (hurrying them on) Come on, we can all have a good flirt later!
Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
The Doctor: (sigh) 57 academics just punched the air. Now MOVE!"

*sigh* And David Tennant is pretty. And utterly spastic, at least as the Doctor. And amazing.

Now, don't let my calm tone fool you. I am flipping out over this. Not quite as much as I did over the Turner, or over the production of Zanna Don't I saw yesterday (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), perhaps, but definitely flipping out. We're gonna watch more tomorrow. yay.

Warning: obsession alert.

This entry is partly to celebrate my new journal theme (check it out! nifty!).

But mostly it's to do something I really ought to have done a while ago: obsess about Megan Whalen Turner's books.

Now, first of all, my family read these (my mother about a year ago, myself a month or so ago, the others thereafter) because Lois McMaster Bujold (that's right, just one of my favorite authors ever) recommended them on the Bujold listserv. Our favorite author. Recommended these.

"These" are: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. AND THEY ARE AMAZING.

One caveat: I am more madly in love with these books than the rest of my family; they regard me as a little bit obsessed on the subject. Quite correctly.

But, I mean... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eugenides... is... is... words fail. There are no words for how awesome he is. Not to mention Irene. And Costis. I love Costis. But it's mostly Eugenides. Even if I don't really have the faintest idea how to pronounce his bloody name. Oh, and I almost forgot the Gods. How silly of me. Although, I suppose, there again, it's mostly Eugenides. *stifles somewhat hysterical-sounding giggle*

Oh, and Megan Whalen Turner reads Bujold, too. There's a not-too-terribly subtle reference to Civil Campaign in King of Attolia, which makes me really happy. Also a direct quote from Howl's Moving Castle. (You wouldn't know it's a direct quote, except that she said so.) Actually, that one's in both The Thief and King of Attolia.

So, yeah. READ THESE BOOKS!!! If you are going to come into much contact with me soon, it will just be a matter of self-defense, because I will burst out laughing at random inappropriate times, or smile to myself, or mutter a quote, and you will be much happier if you know what the hell I'm thinking. And anyway, they're just *good books*.

Well, now that I've convinced you all that I'm a crazy person, Good night!


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