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an update, via shakespeare-meme-thing

So this whole return-to-LJ thing is not really as much, uh, happening as I hoped it would be. :| Anyway, you know that Shakespeare meme thing I have in my sidebar? As a means of updating here, I'm going to post that, with the most recent changes. And talk about them some! Hurrah! This will be fun.

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, underline the ones you've read or listened to, and add a star to any you've performed in, done readings of or otherwise theatrically participated.

All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Double Falsehood
Hamlet*
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II - I saw this at Ashland!! I didn't like it as much as I liked the first part, which makes sense because I don't like the entire PLAY as much as the first part, because it is basically exactly the SAME as the first part, minus Percys. And Percys are the BEST PART.
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar* - ASHLAND'S CAESAR. SOOOOOO GOOD. I WANT TO PUKE. It was so good though omg you guys and the guy who played Cassius was SCRUFFY AND HAD TATTOOS and was also really hot but um who's counting
King John
King Lear
Love's Labour's Lost - Again, Ashland.
Macbeth*
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream*
Much Ado about Nothing - I still haven't seen the David Tennant/Catherine Tate version!! My sads. I'm waiting until my girlfriend can come over and watch it with me, which probably won't be until Friday, because a) finals and b) she lives in Satan's armpit.
Othello*
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Richard II - AN AGE OF KINGS. ON DVD. CHRISTMAS PRESENT. SOOOOO GOOD. I was trying to watch Henry IV 1 the other night, but my mom came in and started getting grumpy because she wanted to watch Downton.
Richard III - I SAW. RICHARD III. WITH KEVIN SPACEY. AND ALSO THE WOMAN WHO PLAYED CALPURNIA IN ROME. SHE BREATHED THE SAME AIR AS JAMES PUREFOY AND TOBIAS MENZIES AND ALSO ME, I WAS BREATHING HER AIR oh my god maybe i should just go back to tumblr
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew - I'm confused as to why this was already bolded, because I don't think I've seen a production of Taming before, but CalShakes did a REALLY good production of Taming which I saw.
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus* - And I was in a production of Titus, at CalShakes conservatory. (where I met my girlfriend!!) I was Lucius. Apparently I have a thing for tormented young men committing morally grey acts? Idk but it was a lot of fun
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night*
Two Gentlemen of Verona - I might make a separate post about this. CalShakes did a FANTASTIC musical adaptation of Two Gents, except minus the sexism and grossness and plus cute gay guys and charming songs and adorable hipsters.
Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale*

...That should be it? If you care about my life, I've just finished applying to college. THANK GOD.

lovely things happening in my life!!

Well, more like One Lovely Thing, seeing as it makes every other lovely thing look like one sand-grain of loveliness compared with a whole beach.

I have a girlfriend!! Her name starts with a K, and she is darling and beautiful and lovely and I adore her. <3

We met at Shakespeare summer conservatory, where we hit it off fairly quickly based on THE WHOVIAN BOND (the first time I saw her she was talking about her River Song cosplay, HELLO NEW FRIEND), and later when we went to see Harry Potter as Lupin and Tonks (and held hands during the entire movie for moral support, lol what is sexual tension). I didn't think much of it, because she had a boyfriend of a couple years and (Alex Kingston excepted) was heterosexual. (Aaaaaand I may have mashed faces with a guy at our cast party? Ugh ew bad memories. Thankfully, that situation went away in about a week.) After the show, we bonded into a small group with 2 other cast members, so we spent most of the rest of the summer together. Mid-August, she broke up with her boyfriend. By that time, I was pretty much convinced that we were Bestest of Best Friends, and while I MIGHT have been having some inappropriate thoughts in her direction (hello, I am kissing you on your mouth because we are playing charades with our friends and this is how I'm acting this character!), I was mostly just glad that we'd bonded so quickly.

Fast-forward to 2 and a half weeks into my school year, when she asks me out via text. And I accept. And our first date is at an SCA event, and our second is a Doctor Who finale party (10/River OTP). And LOTS OF OTHER STUFF BESIDES. I've never been in a relationship before, so sometimes I'm not sure what to do with all these feels. I try to just channel them in her direction (in the form of mixtapes, serenading, and one sonnet. just one. so far). I might post more about it later. But for now, just know that I love her, and I'm very, very happy. <3

Hi guys...!

Long time no see. Er, REALLY long time no see. Er, almost one year no see, for some of you, the ones that aren't on Tumblr. (That sentence stopped making sense a long time ago and yet I didn't put it out of its misery. For shame.)

So I've been thinking, a lot, and I like Tumblr, it's pretty fun, and I've met a lot of nice people there, but it's just not the same as LJ, you know? Therefore I'm going to make an effort to start posting on this blog again.

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STILL LOVE ME? ;___; Because I still love all of you!

TEMPEST TRAILER

IDK why some people are saying this looks terrible? because brb wetting pants omg skjhfskjhfkallfakjfh

My GOD, but I've been gone a while. Let's see...

1. School.
2. School. (Badminton in particular. I'm terrible at it.)
3. Got an internship at a local theatre (!!!), the same one which came into my Shakespeare class over the summer. I've been doing it for a few weeks (this season is "Ben Jonson and Shakespeare's Contemporaries"), and basically I just have to set up chairs on their one-show-a-week and run errands a couple other days. And I get to see the show! So it's all amazing, but exhausting.
4. Had to postpone two plays within a few days; one, CalShakes' Much Ado to about two weeks from now; the other, Hamlet on Alcatraz... no, not set in Alcatraz, staged on and around the island. So that was originally going to be in about two weeks, now it's about a month from now.

And posts I need to make:

1. Ashland's production of Hamlet
2. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
3. Asta Nielsen's Hamlet
4. all the movies I watched when I was sick a few weeks ago (mostly Shakespeare-related (note the "related"), with a couple of Kevin Kline things)
5. the excitement of having seen 10 film Hamlets
6. the play I saw tonight, MilkMilkLemonade, which I'll probably talk about tomorrow when it's still fresh.

Lists lists lists blah blah blah. Oh look, a distraction!



I had the idea for this aaaages ago, but only got around to making it recently. It's a bit silly, and mostly nonsense, but I like it. Nota bene: first bit is Hamlet's POV, then goes into Claudius', then descends into nonsense. Yay!

God, I am tired.

Uh, I mean. Enjoy!

Hamlet 2000

I like how when I post about having seen a film of Hamlet, I have to use at least five tags to cover all the categories that falls into. Ah, me. Anyway...

So those who have read my earler posts about Hamlets on film will know that I originally had... a slight aversion to this particular film, for a reason I'm not entirely sure of anymore. I eventually overcame that, but never really got around to watching it, because it's not on youtube and... I'm lazy. Anyway, some outstanding thoughts are under the cut. Outstanding as in they stood out, not as in they're really really excellent.Collapse )

-EDIT: Oh, snap! My icon IS related! YAY CLAUDIUS/HAMLET BOYKISSING!

-EDIT II: The date in my title is apparently 9 years late. *hangs head* I R GUD WIT NUMBERS. Well, it says 2000 now, anyway.

lol hamlet



OPHELIA, I'M BREAKIN YOUR HEART, I'M SHAKIN YOUR CONFIDENCE DAILY



lol omg RosnGuil are the hyenas. (Although this is still not as good as elviaprose's Julius Caesar "Be Prepared" vid.) Dammit, not I want to make one, too! I can't decide between Macbeth and Richard III - Richard doesn't actually kill a king, but he's certainly got the eeeeevil down.



Lastly, because I love Derek Jacobi. More than Branagh or Stewart (sorry Kenbran, PStew, I love you guys, but... JACOBI).

hnrrrgh

I seem to be coming up with more creative groan noises for my titles.

I've been AWOL lately - I went up to my grandpa's, last weekend, and then school started and I'm only now getting online. School's awful, BTW - my latin teacher is this horrible man-teacher they brought in to replace the wonderful Ms. M we had last year (who has become a farmer, apparently). And he's boring and doesn't teach us anything and I WANT THE OTHER LATIN TEACHER WHO IS AWESOME. Wah. ;_; And, also, I asked my English teacher if we'd be reading Shakespeare (Macbeth) this year and he said no. The second semester can be any unit, as long as it's all the same genre. Last year he did plays, but that didn't work out and they're probably going to do short stories this year. Uuuugh.

On the bright side, AP Environmental Science is a lot of fun. So far we've made collages.

If my itunes would open, I'd do this meme, but it won't, so I'm just posting it here so I don't forget about it:

1. Put your media player on shuffle.
2. Take song titles that come up and add "in my pants" to the end
3. Pick the funniest 25 songs and list them.


Also, last week I saw CalShakes' production of Macbeth which was freaking fantastic. A few highlights:

-THE WITCHES OH SHIT A;LJDJALSKDA. They were dressed in these white nun's outfits, with black fabric covering their face and green surgical gloves on, so you couldn't see any skin. SO CREEPY. And according to the pre-show talk, the stage was meant to look like a dilapidated mental hospital, so, uh. That.

-YESSSS woman!Ross hello genderbending which I love

-They conflated the characters of Lennox and one of the murderers, so he was like... Macbeth's little lackey-guy.

-Speaking of Lennox, you know that one scene that's a conversation between he and Ross? ("Was that not nobly done?" "Yes, and wisely too," etc) That became a torture scene where Lennox interrogates Ross and, when she won't tell him where Macduff went, pulls out two of her fingernails.

-Lady Macbeth was awesome. That's all.


Oh, and I also watched Polanski's Macbeth. I actually didn't like it very much, I thought it was overdone and Macbeth lost my sympathy as soon as he started growing a beard. And Macduff has a handlebar pornstache (which made me scream "EEEEEEW" while I was watching it at around 7 AM). 2006 Macbeth is still very much my favorite. (Ian McKellan could still kick both their asses blindfolded, but speaking in terms of cinematic adaptations.)

OH AND. I watched all of Sherlock! I'm not much of a Holmes fan, but duuuude was it ever awesome. I don't ship Holmes/Watson (or Sherlock/John, as the case may be), but I still got all giggly over the slashy references. "Is this your date?" "No, it's not a date." "Okay, I'll get some candles to make it romantic!" lol. (I actually watched an interview with... who are the guys... Gatiss and Moffat, I think those are their names, where they said "Sherlock Holmes is actually very popular in the gay community", and I don't know if that's true or not at face value, but I can certainly see how someone not well-versed in the ways of The Internets could confuse slash with "the gay community".) Also, bravo, second episode! You managed to perfectly capture the sense of Victorian-era "ooh, the ~orient, it's so ~mysterious" racefail! Hats off!

Also, I know I have a bunch of comments to reply to, and I may or may not forget most of them. So sorry about that, in advance.

yay hamlet/horatio

I just made sense of Cassius' soliloquy in Julius Caesar I.2 and it's like my mind is imploding.

Here, have a lovely snippet of interview:

Norrie Epstein: You've even played the part of Hamlet. What is his so-called mystery?

Dame Judith Anderson: Well . . . no, I couldn't say. I'd say he was not totally masculine, missing the . . . what do you call it?

NE: Macho?

JA: Yes, he was highly sensitive.

NE: But not effeminate?

JA: He had his little moments in school, but I suppose a lot of boys do. He loved Ophelia as best he could, but there was something lacking.

NE: What?

JA: I think that in his school days he had a little affair with Horatio. Horatio was a tender person and was obviously impressed by Hamlet's princely background. It's so obvious, particularly when Hamlet says, "I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me." He's not a murderer or a cheat or a thief, and he's a very tender person. And then he died in Horatio's arms. But I never heard anyone make that suggestion.


other things of mine

Shakespeare Meme

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, underline the ones you've read or listened to, and add a star to any you've performed in, done readings of or otherwise theatrically participated.

All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Double Falsehood
Hamlet*
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar*
King John
King Lear
Love's Labour's Lost
Macbeth*
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream*
Much Ado about Nothing
Othello*
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus*
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night*
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale*

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