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
I'm not much for Facebook. I'm trying to increase my social media presence, at the very least as a marketing tool, but I also know that I'll read inane things and not get anything done, so it's a fine balance. I generally try to avoid it most of the time. I'm glad I gave in … Continue reading Treasure Map
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
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…
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
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
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)
I was really excited to learn that there is soon to be a museum of linguistics in Washington, D.C. According to the article, “’Planet Word’ will be an interactive center dedicated to language arts, in the vein of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York.” My first reaction, of course, is to stop myself from immediately planning … Continue reading A Museum of Linguistics? Sign Me Up!
Today I am confronted with two psychological phenomena that are different, yet essentially the same. We had a new employee come into my department today. We have long awaited filling this position, and it will certainly make my life easier. Because her position and mine work closely together, it fell to me to show her … Continue reading If All the World’s a Stage, Am I a Good Enough Actor?
Ah yes, new dictionary words. One of the things that make my inner prescriptivist and my inner descriptivist fight like kids squabbling over who got the bigger half of the cookie. Some of these words, like gender-fluid, non-apology, and squee, remind me that the job of a dictionary isn't so much to tell you how to use language, … Continue reading In with the New