I Love A Good Slap Fight Over Zoom
2020-11-25, 10:49 p.m.
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Fun fact: my new phone says "Scam Likely" when I get one of those phone calls. Delightful!
I spent all day today (minus meetings) until 2:40 p.m. finishing off the latest Important Documents project. Then went through the emails and was all "oh, hey, nothing much in here, huzzah." I basically cleared out everything I could of Important Documents. It's bizarre how freaking industrious I was today compared to oh, yesterday. Go figure.
And now I am on what the Brits might call a "minibreak" for four days of vacation! I'm plotting out what to do, both for these four days and for my sixteen days off in December. I think I'm going to make a schedule of projects. In "real life" I would have been doing different things in other places every day, but maybe this year I can do a different activity instead of traveling.
Tonight I watched "The Thanksgiving Play" by Acme Theatre. I've seen this one before IRL (can't recall when), but never before have I seen this many disclaimers about well, race, Native Americans, violence mentioned in the play, whose land was stolen from, that some people of color are going to play well meaning white characters in this one, etc. etc.... Also, they've only worked on this one for a week? Wow. (Though let's face it: if you don't have to memorize lines, it's a lot easier.) They also said you're welcome to pretend it's a radio show.
As I recall, the time I saw it live (a year ago?) they had video of kids' previous plays. In this one, two members of the cast (added to the main four usually in the show) pretends to be kids in paper "Pilgrim" hats first. while singing "On the nth day of Thanksgiving, the natives gave to me...."
They have various school-ish posters up behind them. I especially like the one that says "Wash your hands. Stay safe."
There's one kid in Acme--who's in it tonight--who I especially think is very pretty. I feel terrible thinking this of a teenager, but seriously, their face is so like, sculpted and noble and their skin is so pretty...
"Let's put that in the simmering pot for now" amuses me, as one person (the history prof) is obsessed with having actual fires on stage.
* "I was the third understudy for Jasmine." "Wasn't she Middle Eastern?" Having seen this play before, I am amused at the foreshadowing.
Afterwards they had a panel with many professional people. One of whom is wearing a shirt that says "my dog thinks I'm f*cking." (I assume it might be "my dog thinks I'm fucking awesome" but I can't see the last word.) I love that she's wearing this to a teen production, but let's face it, we all know the words.
I didn't super take notes, but some overall points:
You know what, I really love me some Larissa Fasthorse. Found this interview with her here. How does she summarize the play? "I make fun of white people for 82 minutes."