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Nov. 2nd, 2012 09:12 am
huinare: (writing!)
"[...] the nature of the language tells us about the nature of the character, or maybe we should say the language is the character."
- from Playing Shakespeare.
huinare: (gandalf in trouble)
Apparently The Old Vic was touring Richard III about a year ago and they stopped within a day trip of me.  Were this now instead of a year ago, I would probably say screw it and spend more money I don't have on getting the train there and seeing it, because my attitude to $ v. Quality of Life is starting to shift.  I've never had money and I've never done things normal adults have done, like go to a concert.  I shit you not, I have never been to a concert.

Anyway, the cool thing about this was that Richard III is my favorite play of all time, and Kevin Spacey was starring and I admire the hell out of Kevin Spacey.  I've enjoyed everything I've seen him in, Shakespeare or otherwise, and he's an avid Shakespearean.

Cue obsessive raving about Shakespeare obscurities that probably only interest me, but also with pictures of some familiar faces doing Shakespeare. =D )

And you thought it was bad when I spazzed about Tolkien..
huinare: (curumo ii)


Istari imprisoned in some trading card thing.  Wha...whahaha... hehh.  X*)
I'm particularly concerned for Dances With Gulls and Mr. "A Q-Tip Is So A Staff" there.

On a less cruel note, I totally want to hug Sylvester McCoy.  He is going to be a great Radagast.
(Curumo also tells me he's annoying, which bodes very well for his ability to portray Radagast.)

And on a completely awesome note, I was already aware that McKellan and McCoy appeared onstage as Lear and the Fool respectively a few years ago, but only recently did I realize PBS Great Performances has a free film version of it online.  AND it's directed by Trevor Nunn (I have a huge crush on Nunn's Feste, who plays a wee accordian and is also Ben Kingsley).  OMFGTNTLEVENTY.  I'm going to have to reread the play before watching it though.
huinare: (paradise lost)
Awesome photo, from 1879 no less.

...I am totally working on what I'm supposed to be working on, really.

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May. 1st, 2012 08:51 pm
huinare: (reason)

Precisely at this moment--when the character is forced to see a discrepancy between what he " wills " and what "is"--the possibility that he is mad confronts him.
- Joan Hartwig, "Feste's 'whirligig' and the comic providence of Twelfth Night"

huinare: (shakespeare)
Charles Lamb on the character of Malvolio (c. 1823?). 
  He's sold me on this interpretation.  Not that it was a hard sell (it should surprise no one that I was already severely leaning this way).

A quote from Nilo Cruz, Cuban-American playwright, whose work Night Train to Bolina I enthusiastically commend to The Internet:
  I believe that a writer has to step into the threshold of the soul and the heart to reveal the darkest dimensions of the spirit and confess the deepest sentiments, to describe the passions and ideas of hers/his characters, to open the door of absolute truth.  To me arts yearns for the ideal, and my work aspires to arrest the beautiful--and as an artist I humbly submit to that ultimate yearning.

A quote from Pedro R. Monge-Rafuls, Cuban [-American? From what little there is to read of him, it seems he might debate that title] playwright, whose monologue Trash I lately read (emphases mine):
  My interest is to write about oppression... I don't describe myself as a political writer, but my work is a result of political situations... Beauty is a very relative concept.  The beauty of my writing is to express things, create characters and/or situations that through their images create thought.  If this is achieved then the image created is beautiful, even though it is rough or cruel.
 
huinare: (overlook)
While a fitting image on which to close the sprawling angst and moral ambiguity that is Ch 10 has yet to be found, I find instead my audition piece for next year's Shakespeare Festival!

It took numerous bouts searching, pacing, reading, and debates with the stopwatch app over the past 8 months, but at last I've settled it. Richard III, I.1.

Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,
To set my brother Clarence and the king
In deadly hate the one against the other...
huinare: (Default)
Evidently Elijah Wood alleges in an interview that Hobbit trailer will likely appear before Tintin in US theatres in late December. If that’s the case, I swear I will pay some of my non-existent money to see the film just for that.

Smaug will evidently be “physicalized” via the same process as Gollum, so that the actors movements are used in rendering the character. (!)

Ian McKellan’s lovely blog entry, which includes talk of a town in New Zealand that is very Shakespeare-oriented. I love his comment about Regan.

[I owe myself a rant/treatise on the “Hobbit” film over winter break, because I’m anticipating it with both delight and trepidation.]
huinare: (i am the dragon!!)
Thanks to a discussion elsewhere re: Caliban and Gollum, I am suddenly making very fascinating connections between Prospero and Sauron. Seriously. I doubt it was intended, but there are weird similarities. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to major in lit so that I can write a crazy 12-page paper on it.

Dammit, I don't have time for this. I need to go beg posterboard for a sign for tabling this weekend, pick up my library book, and off to class, and then off to rehearse some Shakespeare incidentally. Get out of my head, Prospauron (yes, I went there, people expect more dignity from me but I enjoy smashing words together).

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