Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have an idea, ladies: Let's declare a moratorium on wearing lipstick until the election is over. Maybe hockey moms wear lipstick — but real women with an honest, unmasked commitment to improving the direction of this country and facing its most pressing issues don't hide behind painted-on smiles, hunting rifles or vacuous rhetoric.
Let's take off the makeup and get real.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I guess I don't need the internet, but..."blogging" is a nice warm up to writing. I'm sorry. I can't do it. I'm going to call it web logging. This little paragraph is "blah" but I don't have to title everything I write like that. I hate the way internet speak shortens everything.
I was talking to a man the other day, he was flirting and I was trying to find an exit. He claimed to be a writer and said his favorite writer was a man who hated adverbs. I can't remember the name of the writer now. I remember agreeing that that was a good writer and thanking goodness that he didn't say something like Tom Clancy because I didn't want to have a conversation about him twice in one week...and this guy looked like he'd say something crazy like Tom Clancy. But, instead, he picked an adverb hater. This man said that he also hates adverbs and never uses them himself. Then he asked me if I agreed with him and his adverb hating ways..."I guess" I said. To which he laughed. I was at the moment trying to recall a single adverb and a time in which I thought they were useless. Unfortunately, I later found that I couldn't agree with him. I love modifiers and any writer who chooses to hate whole sections of language is like a painter who had decided to hate the color yellow. It's not out of the way, but a little inhibiting. Besides, dialogs and stage directions are ripe with adverbs and, like a good adverb junkie, I can't live without them.
I've done a selfish thing and canceled rehearsal for tomorrow. Does the show need it? Yes, yes very much. Do I need a day to clean my house and work on a play? Yes, yes very much. I feel I will regret it later, but I just need to work.
Friday, September 5, 2008
"Since 1998, the Thunderbird Theatre Company has produced original comedic plays with a literary and cinematic twist; its last two seasons featured Release the Kraken, a modern retelling of the Perseus myth, and Aaah! Rosebud!, a prequel to Citizen Kane. Now, Thunderbird takes on mistress-of-the-word Jane Austen in Pride and Succubus, a bloody funny spoof. Reprised are the roles of Elizabeth and Darcy, but in this version, Elizabeth is a strong-willed female Van Helsing and Darcy an arrogant gentleman bloodsucker. To twist Austen's own message a bit: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune . . ." is probably a vampire."
– Laureen Mahler on Flavor Pill
"In August 2008, the San Francisco theatre company ThunderBird presented Pride and Succubus, a comedy that merges the worlds of Jane Austen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer casting Elizabeth as an 18th-century vampire slayer some centuries before Buffy. The show also makes extensive fun of Wikipedia, as the drama is introduced by a narrator akin to Alistair Cooke, who tells the audience he is "Mr. Pedia" but that we could call him "wiki". He then proceeds to give numerous grossly and obviously inaccurate facts about Jane Austen; at one point, he's interrupted mid-sentence, stating that factoid was just deleted in a 'revert'."
-Wikipedia as of 9/05/08 on the Pride and Prejudice entry
A little bit from Tara Queen of the Succubi
A shout out from Austen Blog
"Need more vampires with your literature? You've got two more days to take in Thunderbird Theatre Company's "Pride and Succubus," a tongue-in-check comedy playing in San Francisco and featuring reworked Jane Austen characters "" Miss Elizabeth, a vampire slayer, and the mysteriously nocturnal Mr. Darcy."
-Chris Watson: Book Briefs Santa Cruz Sentinel
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And a very little, but fun, mention in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner
"In August 2008, a San Francisco theatre company presented Pride and Succubus, a comedy that merged Jane Austen with Buffy the Vampire Slayer casting Elizabeth as an 18th-century vampire slayer ." - Neil Atkinson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner