I don’t talk theater that much here on the blog. While drama is obviously considered to be a part of literature, I’m a reader-response theorist at heart. If I believe that meaning is generated when reader encounters text, then it follows that I think, for a play, that meaning is generated when viewer encounters production. To be fair, that does mean a play is filtered through someone’s perspective, but it necessarily must be. As a former student actress, I think of scripts as recipes or music notes more than texts unto themselves. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I don’t have a favorite play—case in point, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which tells the story of Hamlet from the perspective of the titular duo. After several years, I finally got to see a production of it on Friday.
Did you know that there’s a The Lord of the Rings musical? Because there totally is.
For some reason, though, the fact of its existence never sank in, even when a fellow high school thespian told me about how much he’d enjoyed the stagecraft of the production when he saw it in Toronto. But last year, whist browsing TheOneRing.Net’s forums, I found out the cast recording was available on Spotify, and I began to investigate the now-closed show in earnest.
Fathom Events is awesome. Last summer, you might recall my costumed viewings of The Lord of the Rings in theaters; these are the folks that made it happen. They screen all sorts of amazing things in theaters, from productions at the Metropolitan Opera to episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. When I heard they were screening the National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein, I immediately reached out to my friend Natalya, and, on Wednesday, we trekked to the north side of Atlanta to take it in.
In my last post covering my trip to Ireland, I talked about literary sites that we visited. Today, I’m going to talk about a real treat we had—we saw the Gate Theatre’s production of Little Women on our last weekend in Dublin. I have to honest, I was surprised when our professor said we’d be seeing this. I even briefly wondered if it was going to be set in Ireland instead of America. The Gate Theatre was just around the corner from our hotel, so we wandered over, took our seats, and watched it all unfold.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my other passions is theater. I act, I do tech (well, wardrobe and anything else that doesn’t involve a light board), I do whatever it takes to help a show get on the road. For the past three semesters, I’ve been serving as treasurer of my college’s student acting troupe, which includes organizing student outings to local theater productions. Our first trip this semester? Going to go see The Super Villain Monologues at Dad’s Garage. Why is this relevant to this blog? It adapts selections from Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will be Invincible. Boom! Relevance!