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Thursday midday randomosity

Shameless Plug Department: The Magdalena Music Festival is back as of this Saturday, September 8. Good food! Probably still one chef, so please be patient with the kitchen if there's a crowd. Good singing! Good fun!

The more elaborate of my two Horror Academy deaths is now choreographed. It will be wiggy with a capital WIG. I am having way too much fun.

Off to see Cymbeline at Chicago Shakes tonight. Bonus: Dinner with jennetj and peeps, yay! Hazard of loving a seldom-performed play: This is the first opportunity I've had to see it on stage since it tried to kill me in 2000. (I wish I were exaggerating. Closest I ever want to get to knowing what it's like to be Geoffrey Tennant. *twitch* brainiacfive? swirling_poetry? deire? noodlegirl? Fair assessment, yes?)

Serendipity of the week: The book about Boudica that I'm currently reading has a whack of setup history prior to her arrival on the scene, and the last couple chapters I've read got into Cunobelinus and his sons. I never have managed to find out why Geoffrey of Monmouth (ETA: Or, wait, was it Holinshed? The directorial research blitz, she is a blur...) decided Arviragus and Guiderius were better names than Caratacus, Adminius, and/or Togodumnus. Never made a lick of sense to me, particularly with the first being reasonably well-known for that whole "Come, let us whomp on these annoying Romans!" thing. (Or for having a crazy inventor named after him in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. YMMV. Not that Geoffrey doesn't predate Ian Fleming by a wee bit, granted.) I'm sure he got them from somewhere and connected them up to Cymbeline for a reason, and I'm sure somebody somewhere in academia knows what that reason is, but I've never actually run across the info.

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studiesinlight
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
>"Geoffrey of Monmouth"

You're just a teeny bit squirrely -- "squeeful"? -- today, aren't you? ;-) In an entirely charming way, I hasten to add...

Have a marvelous time at Cymbeline! Report back. I've never seen it performed.
wiliqueen
Sep. 6th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I suppose I did leave a link or two out of the logic chain, huh? *g* I guess I figured anyone who cares already knows where he comes into it.

That particular director's research blitz is now mostly a big blur. Which is probably a blessing for you lot, as I seem to recall a lot of free-associating across a substantial chunk of early British history and myth before I distilled it into what actually went into the dramaturgy materials I gave the cast. Which they found quite free-associatey enough. *g*
swirling_poetry
Sep. 7th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I saw New Theatre's Cymbeline this past July - also the first time I saw the play since it tried to kill us. I remember talking with the director at intermission and told him that I had been in the most ill-fated production of that play ever. He scoffed and laughed and then I told him the inner workings of how that bugger fell apart. He laughed some more.

Though it has since become one of my favorite stories. Particularly the point where I said in my best Shakespeare, "Hey Dad, I chopped off his head!" And Pete rejoined with, "Oh, that's okay."

Let us know if servered heads are simply funny no matter what. Because that is the conclusion I've come to, but I'm biased. (Have a lovely time!)
wiliqueen
Sep. 7th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
He scoffed and laughed and then I told him the inner workings of how that bugger fell apart. He laughed some more.

Dude. I can't even remember a lot of the details anymore. I think my brain has blocked them out, like the pain of childbirth.

Particularly the point where I said in my best Shakespeare, "Hey Dad, I chopped off his head!" And Pete rejoined with, "Oh, that's okay."

*splorfle* Like that one. I'd completely forgotten that one. Of course, I was (mercifully) unaware of a lot of what went on during performances, being a bit busy. One good thing about attempting to direct myself in a lead, I guess.

*headshake* I knew it was a bad idea to agree when J finally said he'd put it in the season...if I would direct it. But I couldn't exactly say no after begging him for years, and darnit, it was the only way... %-}
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