I had to update my about page. That’s what happens when you get a new job.
I’ve spent a lot of time this year getting back into the Shakespeare. I’ve always liked it and now that I’m quite settled back into Seattle, I have been able to arrange my schedule to include a summer full of Shakespeare in the park by lots of local companies. Just the fact that there are multiple companies makes me super glad to be living here again.
This summer I saw Henry VIII, Othello, Twelfth Night, and A Winter’s Tale. Oh, and I saw Hansel and Gretel, which is definitely not Shakespeare. But that wasn’t enough, because I just had to go check out the “Hard Bard” series by GreenStage, and this year’s production of Cardenio.
If you have an opportunity to see Cardenio, you really should. Although it is often “questionably Shakespeare”, there is a lot of compelling evidence (PDF timeline by GreenStage) that it is indeed, too legit to quit. But it’s got revenge, betrayal, love, suicide, and blood so how could a Shakespeare fan resist such a draw anyway? You just can’t. Well, you almost can. I was skeptical I’d enjoy it with the warning of a “splash zone” – I don’t like excessively gory horror movies, and all. Still, I went. I also sat in the second row, because I am not an idiot. Then of course no one sat directly in front of me.
Right off the bat – swords, blood. But comical blood! Complete with a blood wench to clean the floors. Or try to. Plus Seattle audiences are pretty morbid. Hand gets shot off? Sincere, not nervous laughter.
It was really cool, with a decent story. GreenStage also does an excellent job, always. Great casting, fantastic acting.
Maybe next time I’ll sit in front.
Well, apparently the cute little daffodil one, which may or may not have some hacked nonsense going on. Sorry about that. I tell people the WP is the last priority, and it shows…all better now though.
(There is no long version.)
Actually, the swag was a bonus this year, and a result of playing PAX XP. Most of my goal was to say hi and hang out with as many people as possible, even if we were just having a few minutes to catch up on the way to something (lessons from West Wing: walk and talk). But I did actually go to some panels -
Chiptunes! From the Square Wave to the Stage – This was awesome. I learned about fakebit vs. chiptunes, and SID station (which is no longer made) and all sorts of things. Made me nostalgic.
Gaming Grows Up: The Evolution of Modern Gaming – This was so horrible and boring and walked out fifteen minutes in. That’s how I ended up in a Disney line by afternoon – free time.
Steampunk Gaming – I may be naturally biased towards Steampunk but it was just what I needed first thing in the morning. Very informative!
Is the Way You Pay the Way You Play? – Not a ton of new info but good knowledge here.
I try not to go to too many panels, but I do always try to hit a few at least. It’s a nice break from the floor.