I found this today and now I have to see this movie!
What do you think? Have you seen it?



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We know that we don't actually have the "Complete Works" of William Shakespeare. There are plays records from the time mention, but that we have no copy of. One of these has always been Cardenio, which he is said to have co-written with John Fletcher. There is a long history of  stories about a script of Cardenio surfacing (often heavily edited/added to by other playwrights) since 1782. Read Here if you are interested in more information, and then, let me know what you think.
Do you think that anything remains of the Cardenio Shakespeare worked on or has it been filtered through so many people (if indeed any manuscript of it was every really found)  that nothing remains of the origional?

Tell me your thoughts! There is no wrong answer.
One of my actresses was thrown out of her house for loving the wrong man and participating in theater.  She now has come to live with me because love and theater are two things I encourage strongly.
Perhaps I love too much, for I do not understand how a parent could throw their child out of their house.
This whole situation reminds me of the scene below from King Lear, where for speaking the truth about the amount of love for her father Cordelia is disinherited and banished. If you are short on time watch until at least 2:30, although the whole scene is very good.
What would you do in Cordelia's situation?
A lot of people got in touch with me over that past few days saying that they were in this play or that play and couldn't make any of the audition times. So, we've opened up one more day of auditions! On Friday from 3-6 at The Fred Rodgers Community Center 501 College Ave. in Aurora we will hold auditions by appointment.

I'm really excited, we've had some really great people audition. I'm really looking forward to rehearsals! Casting these people will be very difficult, so much talent... fortunately this show has a lot of fun characters for them to play.  I'm looking forward to seeing who all will come out for this next round of auditions! I haven't done any casting yet, so all roles are still available.

Stay tuned, lots of fun to come!
We've been having so much fun and have been getting some very cool people at auditions this week. Make sure you don't miss your chance to audition for this really fun show.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about auditions:

A) Where are they at? The Fred Rodgers Community Center in Aurora at 501 College ave. room 204 (also, a very safe neighborhood, the building we're in was once a school and then a police station)

B) What should I bring? A headshot and resume if you have one, if not, don't worry, you can list your experience on the back of your audition form

C) What should I prepare? If you are doing the acting audition - a monologue, any style. We may also ask you to read from a Shakespeare scene. If you are doing the singing audition please prepare one song (or 16 bars of a song if you prefer) an accompanist will be provided. If you are doing the dancing audition please come dressed to move.

D) Do I have to do all three auditions? You can choose. You could choose to do the singing and dancing auditions but not the acting - you might get to sing during a dance number, but you wouldn't have any lines. Or you could just do the acting audition if you don't feel confident singing and dancing. Or you could do all three.  I personally recommend that everyone do the acting audition.

E) I'm busy that night, are there any other audition times? If you email StorefrontShakespeare@gmail.com now you can make arrangements for an audition by appointment. But Don't wait too long. If I've already cast the show it won't matter how good you are, there won't be much I can do.

For more information, or to make an appointment to audition, click here!



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I also went to see The National Museum of Art (before and after the Rally). My favorite exhibit was
The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875. I have always been fascinated with Pre-Raphaelite art and the rebellious little community of artists actors and poets who lived in the strict Victorian era. Here are some of the images I saw there:
King Lear Allotting His Kingdom to His Three Daughters by Julia Margaret Cameron
The young woman on the right? That's the Alice that inspired Alice In Wonderland. Cool, Right?
Here is another one of her, Pomona by Julia Margaret Cameron:
This next one is Alfred Tennyson (The Dirty Monk) by Julia Margaret Cameron
I showed you some pictures of Alice, now here is a photograph taken by Wonderland's creator Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) of Ellen Terry in her wedding dress. She had married at 16 and was already seperated a year later when this photograph was taken.  Here is Mrs. Watts (Fancy Dress):
Here is Jane Morris, my favorite Pre-Raphaelite model, photographed by John Robert Parsons with the photo arranged by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
At the very end of the exhibit, on a wall all by itself, is Jane Morris (The Blue Silk Dress) painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (she was his Muse).
The wonder of seeing it in person thrilled me so much that I just had to stop and stare at this painting for a long time (much to the amusement of the security guard, because I was wearing my queen outfit from the Rally and I looked like I should be in a Pre-Raphaelite painting myself).
Ok, I now have ten minutes to write and am not completely exhausted.

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was truly an amazing experience.
The crowd seemed to be never ending. I walked and walked and there was no end to the crowd in sight.  There were people in every tree, on the steps of every building and on top of every port-a-potty.

After walking around the edge of the crowd (trying to figure out where the stage was) I climbed up on to the roof of one of the port-a-potties and was greeted by friendly smiles from the five or so other people on that roof and the most incredible view of a sea of people as far as I could see.  I couldn't tell where the crowd ended or began, but I knew I had never seen so many people.

After a while a police officer made us all get down and then I decided to try to walk into the crowd. It was hard to get in. The was a constant press of people like myself trying to get further in and small streams of people trying to get out.  I slowly got further and further in and the further in I got the tighter the bodies of the ralliers pressed in around me. We weren't just standing shoulder to shoulder. There was no space between people. My chest was pressed against the backs of the people in front of me and the people behind me were pressed against my back.  I could have lifted my legs off the ground and not fallen.

It was even harder to get out. In theater we spend time thinking about how many people you can safely fit into small spaces, so, I began to realize that if an unlikely but possible panic started this crushing crowd would very quickly be very dangerous.  So I sanely (in response to a potential fear) decided to work my way out of the crowd.

It took forever.  You can't just say "pardon me, could I get through?" the way you would in a normal crowd. No one had any where or way to move out of my way. When I finally got within about twenty feet from the edge I found myself in a group of at least twenty people, all trying to get out. We were all pressed up against eachother so tightly one or the other of us would occasionally cry out in pain when the crowd would shift from someone trying to get in or out. Finally, we started calling ahead to the  people closer to the edge who were trying to get in that we were trying to get out and we slowly started to move until we stumbled out of the pressing crown into the street.

The street was crowded too, but there was space to breath and move where you desired. I soon found an idilic spot with big rocks, trees and a distant view of the stage. From there I got to see a giant Stephen Colbert and R2D2! Quite happy with my new location, I stayed there for the rest of the rally.

Tomorrow I will tell you more stories about the few hours I was in Washington! For now, I'm afraid, I must bid you adieu.

See you at auditions tonight!!!!

I'll be back this afternoon for a longer blog post but this morning I wanted to say: Go out and vote! I don't care who you vote for,  go vote! This website can help inform you as to the candidates and the issues in your district, and it is a lot of fun: http://www.votesmart.org/voteeasy
Auditions are today, Wednesday and Friday for As You Like It! Click here for more info!
I hope to see you there!

We found out last minute that our accompanist wouldn't be able to come to auditions today after all so we have spent a crazy morning scrambling to find one. Oh, the excitement of a life in theater!
Because of this I'm afraid I did not have the time to write about my adventures at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear so I will have to write that blog post tomorrow. So, stay tuned!

Or, you could come audition for me tonight and ask me about it in person!

Remember to vote tomorrow! Civic Duty and all that ;-)

See you soon!