My First Live Shakespeare Play

Tomorrow night I am going to go see this:

the-tempestIt’s being performed over at a local university, Texas Christian University, along with The Comedy of Errors, which I have heard is fantastic but I will not get an opportunity to go see. I can’t wait to see The Tempest. It’s my first live Shakespeare play, and I’m going with My Girls, the ‘evil’ ladies I’ve only known for a few months. We have all decided to help support local performers and artists, and it gives us all the culture and friendship we are all wanting in our lives. My first live Shakespeare with like-minded people, what more could I ask for? Well, I’d love it if Denise were coming (one of the ‘evil’ enablers), but she’s in New Mexico and won’t be home until Monday. So, I’m going to enjoy it for her and hopefully give her a full accounting when she gets back.

It’s actually been a long time since I’ve read The Tempest, and the last version I saw was the movie with Helen Mirren (fantastic), Djimon Housou, Russell Brand, and Alfred Molina (do I need to say anything about Alfred Molina?) in which Prospero is actually Prospera (Mirren). It also includes David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw, and Alan Cumming. If you haven’t seen it, I can highly suggest it.

MV5BMTc4MzEyNDg1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTk4NDY3Mw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Before it, the version I saw was actually for kids. It was in an episode of a program my kids completely loved called Wishbone. It’s a show about a dog who is ‘reminded’ of classic stories by events in his owner’s life. So, they dress the dog up in costumes and they show the correlation between the two stories-the classic one and the real life event. The show did Pride and Prejudice, Anansi, and The Tempest (among others). It was done in such a way that kids were able to develop an understanding of the stories, and I loved when my oldest son, Sean, would come home from school and tell me excitedly how something he’d seen on Wishbone was talked about in school, or he’d read something somewhere that reminded him of the show. I loved the show, too, and I loved seeing what life events they would create to explain a classic story. Sean loved the show so much and it thrilled him to no end when he found out that Wishbone’s ‘birthday’ was the same as his. And Jack Russell Terriers (the breed Wishbone was) are still his favorite type of dog. Here is part one of the episode and you can find the other two parts as well here.

Something I found recently was Thomas Adès opera version. I was actually looking for Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite on cd at my local library and there was The Tempest opera. An opera? Really? Well, that caught my attention. I borrowed it and it is striking. I haven’t yet done a lot of research on it, but I do know that it was written in 2004 and opened in February of that year. The music is beautiful and haunting, and worth a listen if you can find it. Tonight, I’ll be watching the film again and refreshing my memory, and tomorrow I can enjoy someone else’s perspective. I can’t wait!

In other news, my eldest son stepped on a rusty nail today (ever as observant about that type of thing as his mother) while painting on his dad’s house. Doesn’t that beg the question about why they didn’t look for nails in the first place? Because isn’t that one of those things you’d think to do before painting? Maybe that’s just me. I don’t know. I remember having to go around and look for nails and replace old rusty ones before painting when my stepdad made us paint our house when I was a kid. Anyway, one trip to the doctor later, one extremely sore foot, and he’s fine and didn’t have to receive a tetanus shot. I can’t even begin to talk about how many times I’ve stepped on nails or broken glass. And you’d think people would be smarter and realize that sandals were not made to work in but to play in. Just an FYI, in case you are one of those people. Rusty nails can go straight through sandals, sneakers, and flip flops. Ask me how I know. *wink* What’s more is he’s supposed to come over tomorrow for the weekend and I doubt he’s going to want to go up the stairs to his room. Good thing I have a large comfortable couch.

Hope you all are having a great Thursday! I’ll see you all tomorrow and on Saturday I’ll be able to tell you all about my Tempest experience!

xo Jesi