It has been very hard, these past few weeks, to think of anything without also thinking of the events in Madison and particularly at the capitol. Everyone is talking about it. In fact, it is often all that anyone does talk about. So it is not surprising that a cold, but cheerful Sunday morning would bring about a discussion of Our Mutual Friend and The Capitol.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Posted by Boots at 3:14 PM
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Here is a website that has a few interesting facts about Dickens,
Posted by Michael Feakins at 8:00 PM
Friday, February 18, 2011
Crossword Puzzle: Fill in the Blank-Lines from acts 1+2
Monday, February 14, 2011
I have been exceedingly curious these past few weeks, as to find out what tune is so frequently referenced in connection with Mrs. Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend. What sort of music must it be that she lives her life to the tune of?
Posted by Boots at 1:36 PM
Friday, February 11, 2011
If These times don't work for you please call me(Rebecca) and let us know.
SATURDAY 2/12(10, 15, 17, 18, 22, 30)
4-6 Sarah, Jacob, Katie, Alex, Emmaline, Michael Fl, Greer, Zoe, Isabel, Arwen, and Nick
SUNDAY 2/13(4, 6, 7, 27 w/o Nick)
4-5 Melissa, Greer, Ruthanne, Jacob, Alaina
Posted by Rebecca Young at 8:31 AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This Saturday, I had the honor to attend The Friends of Dickens New York celebration of "our mutual friend's" (that would be C. D. of course!) 199th birthday.
What an energetic, pleasant, welcoming bunch! Their book of the year is "Tale of Two Cities" so we were treated to a short dramatic reading of the confrontation between Madame Defarge and Miss Pross. I happened to be the youngest person in attendance and most far afield, but everyone at our table was really nice to talk to--the party was a luncheon at an Irish bar. They even forgave my confusion about not having money for the meal--I had read on their website that meetings were 'free and open to the public'--and kindly offered to pay for me and insisted that I join them for lunch. and tea. and strawberry shortcake. so nice!
The highlight was hearing Lillian Nayder talk about her book "The Other Dickens", a biography of Catherine Hogarth, or Charles Dickens' wife. I'll confess I didn't know who she was, but I am very eager to read a copy of her book. She was so enthusiastic, describing the ways in which Charles slighted Catherine (he was not so nice, apparently) and had clearly researched their lives throughly. Nayder described some accounts of dinner parties the Dickens' attended and seemed also as if she had been a guest herself. How does one research such a book? Well Nayder's description makes me envy historic research if it involves traveling to an amazing city like London, spending all day in a historic library, and reading a Victorian diary. Sounds pretty good indeed.
It was great to spend an afternoon in the company of fellow Dickens enthusiasts since I couldn't be at the run through with my usual cohort. Some even dressed up in period clothing! The guy who dressed as Sydney Carton was fantastic, and he even wore a red string around his neck--you know, because of Carton's encounter with a guillotine...awesome.
Posted by Gabby at 7:41 PM
Monday, February 7, 2011
While an appropriate answer might be a hearty cry of 'shares!' or 'on the river Thames!', it might be worth it to go a little deeper into this question. You all know many of the characters of Our Mutual Friend, and now that we have a pretty good grounding in what they are like and what they do, the next question to be pondered is where are they going?
Posted by Boots at 7:17 PM
...I thought I would take a minute of this very special day (see below) to tell you all two important things:
1. Where am I and WHY DID I MISS THE RUN-THROUGH?! Sorry. I've been auditioning for acting schools and going to a poetry conference. I will be back on Wednesday.
2. But more importantly--whose birthday is it today? Mine? No. Gabby's? No. Rebecca's? No (it's two weeks from yesterday, so get her something nice). No, it happens to be the birthday of our very own
Charlie is 199 years old today. (He was born in 1812). I'm not going to write out his full biography here (you can find that here). Instead, here are 9 lesser-known facts about Dickens (I would have done 199, but that's just way to many):
1. Dickens rearranged the furniture of his house several times every week. If the furniture was not in the exact correct position, he could not write.
2. He was famously obsessed with neatness, too--he used to inspect his childrens' bedrooms, and send them notes if he thought they weren't up to his standards. And he combed his hair dozens of times each day.
3. He suffered from epilepsy.
4. He liked nicknames--his pen-name was Boz, and he called one of his children Skittles.
5. He was either the inventor of or one of the earliest writers to use the word 'boredom'. Other words coined or inspired by Dickens include 'scrooge' (from the Christmas Carol), 'Dickensian' (from his own name), and 'gunpowderous'. And yes, I will give you an extra-large brownie if you use 'gunpowderous' in a conversation with me.
6. His middle name is John Huffam.
7. All of Dickens' novels have remained in print continuously since they were first printed.
8. Dickens almost became an actor. The day he was scheduled to audition for the first time, however, he fell ill, and started writing his first stories soon afterward.
9. There is a theme park in Britain called Dickens World, with replicas of Victorian stores and places from the novels. (This is not a very interesting fact, but it is hilarious).
Posted by Gradley Headstone at 6:28 PM
-Very productive stage changes rehearsal for Act 1 cast Y. We finished early so we got to take some requests of scenes to run!
-Breakfast Extravaganda, arranged by Michael Fl. Lots of goodies of all kinds. The upstairs smells like bacon now. Alaina has offered to host another soon!
-Secret Valentines got assigned, remember to start working on them!
-Formal day with some wonderful gowns!
-Had a wonderful runthrough of cast X. Everyone's characters really started to come alive.
-Got through Section 19 of cast Y
-Distributed the First CD of Act 2
-Started working out the schedule for special rehearsals
-Welcomed our new tester Caryl Farkas
-Met a bunch on new props including a skeleton, 3 beautiful dolls, a boat wheel and anchor, and a mangle!
Things to look forward to:
-Finishing the act 1 runthrough!
-Readthroughs of act 3
-Secret Valentines on Sunday
-Wear red/pink/white on Sunday
-Starting rehearsals for act 2
Posted by Rebecca Young at 10:13 AM
Saturday, February 5, 2011
A look ahead at the characters we will be working with!
Friday, February 4, 2011
I made it out of Madison just before the blizzard hit on Tuesday! Unfortunately this means I will miss the run thru of Act I this weekend. And I've been thinking about it a lot, and we're definitely ready to prove we can pull this off.
So I wish you all impeccable blocking, snappy lines, peppy stage changes, attentive spectatoring, nary a cue and hopefully we'll have some glimpses of what a tremendous show this will be!
As for me, I will be thinking of all of you often this weekend, and I happen to be embarking on a Dickensian event tomorrow myself... details to follow...
Posted by Gabby at 8:25 PM
Thursday, February 3, 2011
While poking around on the web trying to find interesting Dickens related stuff I happened on a timeline of Dickens life, I found it interesting So I thought i'd share it.
Posted by Michael Feakins at 8:21 PM
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
As I sat here in snowed-in Madison, I realized that Dickens does not talk about snow. He talks about lots of rain, and even more fog, but things don't seem to freeze much in Dickens' world.
Therefore, I decided to check the weather in London for today, and I now offer a comparison between the weather of Our Mutual Friend's birthplace, and that of the city where Our Mutual Friend currently finds himself:
In Madison, the current temperature is 13.2 degrees Farenheit, and feels like -2 degrees.
In London, the current temperature is 45 degrees Farenheit, and feels like 39 degrees.
The current humidity in Madison is 49%, while in London it is 81%.
Tonight and tomorrow, both cities will experience partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures.
In Madison today, the sun rose at 7:11 AM and set at 5:11 PM.
In London, the sun rose at 7:37 AM and set at 4:54 PM.
I am sure that Madison received much more snow in the last 48 hours than London received.
Now the question is: which location's weather is preferable? Cold and snowy or cool and damp? (Keep in mind that Madison got 43 more minutes of daylight today than London did.)
Posted by Lizzie-Mizzie-Wizzie at 4:39 PM