Acting Up

My musings, thoughts, rants, and discoveries. - Scott Maddock

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Allie's Journey

For the next several months this will be dedicated to information pertinent to Allene M. Maddock. Her care has been assumed by Hospice as of 06Apr12.

Please feel free to call or write her. If you call be patient and take time to explain who you are. Currently she remembers, but you have to help her focus so she truly knows who she is talking to at the moment. We have to do this too, and I frequently say something like, "Yes this is Scott, your oldest."

Her phone is area code two-zero-six, and the number is 216 3816.

Her Address:
Allie Maddock
c/o Queen Ann Manor
100 Crockett Street
Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Scottish Play

5801 Hoofing
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.