(l to r) Kristen Brody as Antigone, Claire D’Angelo as Ismene; photo by Ryan Prado Photography
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Swiftly Tilting Theatre’s Modern Antigone Adaptation Questions Roman Catholic Law
Long Island City, NY – July 7-17, 2016, Swiftly Tilting Theatre Project, Inc. challenges Catholic dogma by setting Sophocles’ classic play Antigone in the modern-day countryside, currently in previews and opening July 9, 2016.
Ms. Kidwell’s adaptation uses the burial restrictions of a heretic as a springboard for Sophocles’ classic tragedy to unfurl. Antigone refuses to allow her brother to be buried without ceremony and defies the Catholic Church’s edict decreed upon Polyneices. Continue Reading
We can only speculate what Shakespeare was thinking (see https://swiftlytiltingtheatre.glump.net/what-was-shakespeare-thinking/) when he wrote his plays. Even as a joke, Continue Reading
“Barney: Maybe we should get back to being just friends. Robin: Maybe… but I don’t want to stop having sex. Barney: Oh, good, me neither! (he leans on her to kiss her) Robin: Yeah, friends isn’t gonna work. Barney: Nope. We’re not good at being friends. We’re not good at being in a relationship. What are we good at? Robin: I know something we’re good at. Barney: I don’t know. If we’re gonna do it again we’re gonna need some Gatorades. Robin: No, not that—lying.” How I Met Your Mother, Season 5, Episode 1, “Definitions”
We are surrounded by the expectations of our friends, families, society, and even our own mixture of neuroses. Is it any wonder that so many people are disappointed because their lives are shaken when life doesn’t look like the predefined vision of our expectations?
“Children should be seen and not heard.” It’s hard– even those who are more enlightened sometimes have trouble listening to a kid who seems to know more than adults do. While not chronologically children, Katerina and Bianca are treated as such because of their position in their family as unmarried offspring and even moreso because they are unmarried women.
Cate Blanchett-Elizabeth the Golden Age
I grieve and dare not show my discontent;
I love, and yet am forced to seem to hate;
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant;
I seem stark mute, but inwardly do prate.
I am, and not; I freeze and yet am burned,
Since from myself another self I turned. –Queen Elizabeth I
To hold a nation in the palm of her hands for forty-five years…Queen Elizabeth I cannot be overlooked as a visionary leader of her time. Not that her kingdom was peaceful or free from problems or a perfect model of government–far from that, but she managed to unite a kingdom and make it strong so that it could withstand most tyranny that tried to breach it. Continue Reading
My first draft and the original text
(I will leave it to my husband to tell you why I should be using OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Word)
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It’s not the most daunting task in the world to take a public domain script and stage it. It’s slightly harder to translate the narrative so that a contemporary audience can follow the script while handling translation of a foreign language, different theatre conventions, and different historical backgrounds. Continue Reading
A special thanks to Katie Drexel for allowing me to use a photo of her
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In the clamor of Katerina’s shouts, Bianca is often looked at as a passive, secondary character. Often dismissed as quiet and innocent, we neglect to see her cleverness and cunning. Continue Reading
Iphigenia at Aulis, April 2014 at The Poco Theatre in The Secret Theatre
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While the victors write the history, Paris surely doesn’t seem to have much honor and allows most of his life to be given to him, even his fate to be the fall of Troy, that we have to wonder if his actions were worth all the pain and turmoil he caused. Continue Reading
Was Shakespeare a misogynistic, Antisemitic, racist?
Looking at the external contents of Shakespeare’s plays, one might say yes. If you were a person who lived during Shakespeare’s time, you might have said yes with all of the political and social backing of Western Europe. Continue Reading