That Time You Tried Something New, or, Oops, You Just Increased the Scope of Your Job Again – But It’s Worth It

After a remarkable final weekend, the production of Geek! has been put to bed – the books closed and put away, the set pieces tucked into their resting places, and the cast and crew given one last drink.     I couldn’t be happier with how this show turned out.  For one thing, it was … Continue reading That Time You Tried Something New, or, Oops, You Just Increased the Scope of Your Job Again – But It’s Worth It

Geek! Out

We've all been losing our minds, but it's almost finished. The Athenian Players' production of Geek! by Crystal Skillman goes up on Thursday, April 13th. The cast and crew have been fantastic. We put in so many hours this weekend finishing the set, rehearsing, practicing fight choreography, learning our newly-added rap, and running a cue-to-cue … Continue reading Geek! Out

Vindication

At last! Proof that the Oxford comma is important for avoiding ambiguities! Or, at the very least, that a court in Maine thinks so. Personally, I’m not going to hate you if you have something against them, but I prefer using Oxford commas. Part of it is probably just a learned behavior (it feels wrong if … Continue reading Vindication

And Speaking of Story Similarity…

In last week's post Review: Acting, Archetypes, and Neuroscience I mentioned the very Jungian view that there are only a limited number of stories that we keep repeating. Here's my favorite quote on the subject: People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around. Stories exist independently of their players. If … Continue reading And Speaking of Story Similarity…

Geek Out with the Athenian Players! or, Shameless Self-Promotion

The Athenian Players will be at the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo this weekend! We’ll be there to promote our next show, Geek! by Crystal Skillman, on April 13-15 and 20-22.  We’ll also be performing a scene from the show on Sunday at 1 pm on the main stage.         This … Continue reading Geek Out with the Athenian Players! or, Shameless Self-Promotion

Review: Acting, Archetypes, and Neuroscience

Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience: Superscenes for Rehearsal and Performance is a detailed description of an acting method used by the author, Jane Drake Brody, who has an extensive, award-winning background in acting, producing, casting, and coaching, and in teaching acting. Her method combines existing theory with her own research.     This is a review that … Continue reading Review: Acting, Archetypes, and Neuroscience

Colorful Colloquialisms – “to buy a cat in the sack” (English, German, French… most of Europe, really)

This may be the easiest colloquialism I’ve ever researched. (Read: There is actually information available about this one!) I ran across this particular phrase, “to buy a cat in a sack,” in a forum thread talking politics (which I will not get into here – we all deserve a break). Once again, I understood what … Continue reading Colorful Colloquialisms – “to buy a cat in the sack” (English, German, French… most of Europe, really)