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17 May 2009 @ 10:43 pm
MILTON FOR THE LOSE.  
I spent pretty much my entire day studying for my Milton final.

And I'm only into the second book of Paradise Lost. XD

...it's okay; I actually read it, which should help. :P

After being cooped up inside for all eternity, I wisely elected to forge out into the world to see a free play that a Theater 10 friend of mine was in.

AND IT WAS AWESOME.

I wasn't expecting too much, since it was, you know, student-written, -directed, -produced, -acted, etc. And free. I mean, our free Shakespeare shows are fucking fantastic, but that's because we're godly, and it doesn't hurt that we also have a paying venue.

But it was awesome. O_O

So the play was called "A Separate Space," and the basic premise is that this guy Alex is living in Egypt, and instead of dealing with the unpleasantries of his life, like his grandmother's death, his overbearing grandfather's nepotism, and the fact that he's a huge geek, escapes into an extremely elaborate Star Trek fantasy that adapts all the elements he wants to keep and lets him be confident and heroic.

Naturally, things start mixing a little too well, and his inability to separate fantasy from reality fucks up both.

It was very well-scripted, for starters -- the Star Trek universe, in particular, had a melodramatic tone to it that was kind of charming, and which the actors fortunately carried off very well. They did some interesting interdisciplinary stuff with music and whatnot, and since it was outside, in the Eucalyptus Grove, they had a very minimalist thing going on, which also worked. It's all about commitment, guys. If the actors believe it, you will.

Anyway.

/clearly an acting expert; have you seen my Oscars?

THAT WAS COOL. And it was really... personalized, in some ways, because there was a lot to be said for the way Alex approached the whole thing -- his deep-seated dissatisfaction with the cultural and societal expectations of what is a productive life, and what makes a person whole, and what an escape from reality connotes to most. People don't think it's cool to have your head in the clouds all day, every day, at the expense of your civic, civil, and societal obligations. People don't appreciate creation.

...fanfiction, anyone?

The truth, it burns us. XD

But... yeah. I'm really glad I hit that up. :D

Also, in the spirit of further procrastination, I have ficspam for you:

Almost Perfect, a Matt/Mello AU for jenwryn, and... well, suffice to say THIS SHIT IS BANANAS (Light/L, for lullydoll, and I hate that song; it always gets stuck in my head XD).

Studying Milton is starting to amuse me far more than it should. I probably need my head examined.

Or removed altogether. 8D

 
 
Feeling: contemplativecontemplative
On the Radio: "Joker and the Thief" - Wolfmother
 
 
 
Marm: ensignmarmaladefever on May 18th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Whoa, that play does sound awesome! If doxologydude ever gets his wish and owns a theater, I so want to try writing a play.
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
It makes me want to write one, too! XD Especially since it's a whole lot more likely that I'd get a play put up at school than get a movie made in Hollywood, err. XD
goddess of this and thathappy_mystic on May 18th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Being trapped in my own fantasy world to escape reality? Story of my life, man.
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
ME TOO. XD Slightly unnerving that way. XD
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Vitamin C: Matsudatierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Indeed! :D

Psshhhh. Sorta sorta. XD No, I'm actually impressed at my endurance; usually I don't work half this hard. O_o

*glomps* :3
CHAMYL!: Can't help but love youchamyl on May 18th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
cultural and societal expectations of what is a productive life, and what makes a person whole, and what an escape from reality connotes to most. People don't think it's cool to have your head in the clouds all day, every day, at the expense of your civic, civil, and societal obligations. People don't appreciate creation.

My god, this is just too true.

And good luck for your exam youuuu ♥♥♥
Vitamin C: Misatierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
The societal bias is just destructive. D:

Thanks, darlinggg!! ^^ ♥!
Miz J: I reject your realitymissusjackson on May 18th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
You're right, people don't appreciate creation, or creative people until they need them, and then they abuse them.

That's why you see the the creative, 'kooky' people flocking together...like we do ;)

I want to see this play!!!!

Vitamin C: Light - Wettierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly, right? Gahh. XD They try to beat it out of us and then wonder why they have no culture. XD

But yes -- this is our solution. >D

I wish it was legitimately published, so I could at least forward you to a printing, but alas...! D:
marissaabitofadork7 on May 18th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
That play sounds pretty awesome, even if I've never watched a full episode of Star Trek in my life. :D

Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on May 18th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Haha, I've only seen a few -- my mother is a closet Trekkie -- but it was really accessible. :D
marissaabitofadork7 on May 18th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
My dad is Trekkie fan, and as far as I know, he's never even been in the closet. XD
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Vitamin C: L - Bewilderedtierfal on May 19th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
WOMAN WHY ARE YOU GIVING ME MOAR PROMPTS WHEN YOU KNOW VERY WELL THAT I HAVE (A) THREE FINALS IN TWO DAYS AND (B) ELEVEN OTHER FICS TO WORK ON. :|

...

*martyr sigh* I'll see what I can do... eltea helped me plan out a somewhat epic Matt/Mello pranking fic a really long time ago; maybe I can remember what was going to happen. XD
Rex: DN - L + mello + near + matt + Lighticequeenrex on May 20th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Oooh, that play sounds awesome!!! :O I love plays by students...well, the good plays where people actually want to act in them et all. XD

...I, uh, used to be a Trekkie. XD Especially for Voyager. Ahem, Jeri Ryan as that borg-turned-human was fucking hott plzkthnx. >D
Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on May 21st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Hee, there's a lot of student theater around here. :D The play I was in last year (well, the one-act in a series of one acts that composed a play XD) was like that, too, and it was super-fun. :D

Hee! XD My mom used to watch it, so I've seen like three full episodes. Usually it was past my bedtime, though. :P I once had a bedtime, omg. XD And... *runs to Google image search* 8D
Rex: DN - light + you just lost the gameicequeenrex on May 21st, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh, that sounds like so much fun!! I wish we had theatre here...unfortunately we don't. XD

I once had a bedtime too. Now I just tell myself that tonight my bedtime is such and such and then..."Ooh chocolate!"

XD

Speaking of chocolate, I saw that you used Light's Hot Pink Shirt in one of the chapters!!! \o/ YAY! I promised you I'd read that story at some point. And I will. ;D

She's hot. Beware of hottness. XD
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on May 22nd, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Anyplace that doesn't have theater is... missing out on a crucial aspect of life and education, imo. XD

/theater geek :P

ME TOO. :P My mom's like, "Don't stay up too late!", and I'm like, "...yeah..." XD

YES. Only it was probably more... blush pink. Literally. :P And like I think I said last time, it's a low priority given that it's taking forever to get finished! XD

INDEED. ._.
Rex: DN - L + mello + near + matt + Lighticequeenrex on May 22nd, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* I...seriously loved theater and drama class during high school. I pretty much forced myself into those roles. XDDD Well, that may have to do with the fact that I'm just an attention whore. 8D

XD Same conversation with my mum.

^^ Blush pink, hot pink (isn't it funny how you can use "hot" so many ways??? 8D) or...you catch my drift, he'd look good in it. In my mind. Which is a little odd anyway. XD

Vitamin C: Charles - Bluetierfal on May 23rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Well, that may have to do with the fact that I'm just an attention whore. 8D
THAT IS HALF THE REASON I ACT I know the feeling a little bit. :P

lol. Mothers are the same everywhere: incredibly naive! XD

>DDDD ...and yeah, only Light can do stuff like that, oh dear. XD