25 September 2012

Give Away Blog Post!

I decided to participate in a sort of blog challenge so here it goes:

The rules:

-The first three people to comment on this post will receive a little gift - something personal from me to you.

-But in order to receive your present you have to play along. Spread the love on your own blog promising to send a little special something to the first three people who comment on your post.

-You get 72 hours to re-post, or I'll have to move on to the next person.

-Please only comment if you're willing to pay it forward. If you want to receive something unique from me in the mail and if you are willing to do the same for others, leave a comment below! Please leave your blog URL so that I and others can visit your blog!

Now, comment on this post and then go make someone else's life better today! :)

21 September 2012

A Matter of Life and Death

In 2007 (when I started this blog) I lived in London for a semester.  It was GLORIOUS (cue choir of angels), and I got to see a ton of shows!  Some were musicals, some were Shakespearean, and some were straight plays (for you non theatre people, a straight play is a non musical/non Shakespearean play).  I was basically in heaven!  I loved the city, I loved the theatre, I loved (mostly) the people I was with, and I loved tea time!  Everything about that experience was amazing!  Ok, not everything...  I didn't like falling down the stairs and I tended to do that a lot.  It's totally my fault, but I now want to explain why I fell so much so I don't sound like a complete klutz.  A lot of the stairs in London are, for some reason, really shallow.  They are only like 6 inches deep!  The interior ones at my flat were carpeted, but the carpet was old and worn smooth and super slick, especially when it was wet, which was most of the time since it rains a bunch in London.  Obviously, that means that the outdoor stairs are wet most of the time.  Some of them are old stone (worn smooth and also very slick) or metal (I sound like a broken record).  Needless to say they are slippery old stairs, and I fell down them a bunch since I have a habit of running when I'm going up or down stairs.  Heavens!  This blog post isn't even about falling on the stairs!  I digress!

So recently, I have been thinking back to one of my most favorite plays.  A Matter of Life and Death.  Supposedly there is a film version, but I have never seen it for myself.  I saw the play for the first time when I was in London (And the second, and possibly a third time.  I know I thought about going a third time, but I don't remember if I did.) and I haven't seen it done anywhere else since then.  It was a well written play, and well acted, but the thing that really made it amazing was the visual production!  It was incredible!!!  I so wish I could see it again with the same production team because I was altered as a person and as a designer.  It is beautiful and moving and the set changes as the people do and they morph, sometimes magically, into other parts of the set!!!  Like when the bicycling nurses become the propellers on the WWII bomber plane!!!  AMAZING!!!  The short version of the story line is a pilot is supposed to die in a plane crash, but his conductor misses him in the fog and should he get a second chance at life since he survived, or should he die because it was his time?  It is fantastic!  They even decide the ending by a flip of a coin.  On stage.  EVERY PERFORMANCE!!!  How crazy is that!?  Anyway, all I wanted to say is that I missed London, I miss this play and I wish I could see it again.  *Sigh*  Enjoy the photos I stole online for your enjoyment (actually, more for my benefit so I could relive it).  Photo credits are at the bottom.

The National Theatre all lit up at night

The Program/script cover

The bed/swing is frozen in time

The Conductor trying to convince Peter to go with him

Conductor 71 is my favorite character in the entire show!

Peter and June's first physical meeting

The final judgment scene/operation scene

A few others for your general enjoyment

Photo Credits
1. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/12/17/NationalTheatre460.jpg
2. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zqQGbBzotMs/TL2hth-durI/AAAAAAAABNQ/wo3GIN6HQ_g/s1600/A_ Matter_of_Life_149oP15zw.jpg
3. http://img3.photographersdirect.com/img/262/wm/pd1848794.jpg
4. https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/thumbnail.php?id=14598&max=370
5. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/07/18/matteroflifeanddeath460.jpg
6. http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01178/arts-graphics-2007_1178411a.jpg
7. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_sIaitixYQ2M/SmiaFGptGWI/AAAAAAAABlk/YnNTe62Hbxk/s400/MM+ AMOLAD+staircase.jpg
8. http://img3.photographersdirect.com/img/262/wm/pd2782746.jpg
9. http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSuEnXBLWFsJS9WcpmxKGDJoLcDXyiam4xm3iiP_ 3nObifXX_DbJXqMZak8
10. https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/thumbnail.php?id=14609&max=370
11. http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQSjWPQXdDDtmX35sqYhIxnzEgA8NtRjcx2q9RJU JWjqQrXNZSgLKpMvpp4
12. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/05/25/matend460.jpg
13. https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/thumbnail.php?id=14422&max=370
14. http://www.standard.co.uk/arts/theatre/article7395130.ece/ALTERNATES/w620/A+Matter+Of+Life+ And+Death
15. https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/thumbnail.php?id=14610&max=370
16. https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/thumbnail.php?id=14600&max=370
17. http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/05/14/matlife.jpg
18. http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/05/15/matterreviews372.jpg

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