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I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Scottish Play

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I'm finally working on a show again. The above picture was taken in a rush. I wandered by the door towards the end of a rehearsal break and dashed off a quick shot with the camera set up for a low light indoor shots.

My goal for this show is to push myself into uncomfortable territory, especially for the Porter scene. The drink/lechery part of the scene is cut, but the Porter of Hell-gate bit is kept which is a bigger and funner challenge. I worry that people will really resent the cut, but I may be biased since it was a significant portion of my text.

The first of two things I remember most about Peter Brooks Hamlet is that "Neither a lender nor a borrower be..." was cut. Second, there was no intermission because he (according to the promos) didn't believe the actors and audience had the wherewithal to maintain the world of the play with an intermission -- a hubris laden and inexcusable disservice to his cast and audience if true. Nearly everyone I talked to didn't remember much of the last act and a half because they were trying to quietly fidget hoping to reduce the building pain and discomfort from two hours in crappy folding chairs. Those were the two most talked of points of the play for the people I talked to. The drink/lechery scene isn't as ubiquitous in people's minds as Polonius' lecture, but getting fans of the play to forgive the omission will still be an added challenge for me.