For outdoor theatre - specifically Shakespeare in the park. I don't think there's anything much better than loading up the picnic basket, throwing in a bottle of wine and heading off to the park to see some of the Bard's work similar to the way it was presented in the day. No lighting, no set (other than the beauty of the park) and if you come to see Romeo & Juliet presented by the Fenix Theatre Company, no set furniture and modern clothes. Using an environmental approach to staging R&J, Rob Cameron has done a remarkable job in bringing the young lovers' classic into the modern age. His actors are sure of their speech and bring the intentions clearly into focus. It's good, really good. I urge you to go see it.
Living my motto of helping others with the arts, I always try to do at least one volunteer gig a year. This year Fenix was the lucky recipient as I shot photos from two nights of final rehearsals. They're been doing Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park since 2008, but this is only the second show I've seen them do. Our first summer here in Portland we caught wind of it, but were so busy with lots of company and lots of exploring, we never made it. I wasn't going to let that happen last year and we brought a group of friends from my Pilates classes to see MacBeth. It was a stunner visually and remarkable the way they used the audience as almost co-participants in the show, especially in the banquet scenes.
I thought I'd share a few of the moments that I thought were very good. Even if you think you don't like or "understand" Shakespeare, go see this show. It might just change your mind!
I completely forgot to tell you about my latest news - I was shortlisted for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize for 2013!! Of course who knows how it will fall out from this point, but making the first round is a plume in my cap as I have never entered this Australian Photography Contest before.
And I am working on the images for the 3 Graces for Environmental Awareness project. Getting rid of the backgrounds has been harder than I thought it would be and far more times consuming.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
the link to the on-line edition.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Really, I mean it. At least until next year sometime. If you remember I did promise the folks that can't come out to Maine to see the shows at my little min-gallery inside Constellation that I would post all the photos. So here is the cyber version of the show. Soon these will all be up on the sales site as well.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Have you been wondering what I've been up to this month? In addition to my usual writing and art making, I've been involved in a new play project, produced by Horn & Ivory Productions which premiered at the PortFringe here in Portland. PortFringe is a fringe theatre festival where 60 shows were performed in four venues for five days! The Shadow by Shannon Stockwell, was the play where I played Maude (YAY someone writing a part for a woman my age) along with actors Kiernan McGrath, Seanathan Senior, Katherine Reid and directed by Todd Bachus. It was a great feeling to be able to help a young playwright and her director stage the vision. Although it has been awhile since I've had to adjust to something like a rehearsal schedule.
Speaking of things theatre, I've been kinda blocked lately as a playwright. So, after I got an email from Medium.com asking me to post there occasionally, I thought I'd just go public with it. I swear it wasn't 24 hours later that I was re-energized enough to take another critical look at The Vineyard! You can read about the rest of it here. So, now I've got to go mat that work for my next little mini-show - Figuratively Speaking!