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Excuse me for a minute while I gush like a schoolgirl…

We got the rights! I’ve been waiting on eggshells for about a month now and I can finally announce it.

April 2011 will be the next TenBareToes production – Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple! The nice folks at Samuel French confirmed with me this week that we are a go for the production!

I’m really looking forward to working on this modern classic and very funny play. I’ll be having all kinds of fun working on the dichotomy and similarities of Oscar & Felix. I’ve already started working with the graphics & web design people to the marketing started.

We’ll be holding auditions January 24-26, 2011, starting at 7pm. I’ll keep folks posted as to location, as well as the usual details of characters & the like, as soon as I have that confirmed.

For those who had some transportation issues getting out to Shrew, you’ll be delighted to hear that we’ll be a little more centrally (for K-W) located this time. The nice folks at KWLT have agreed to rent their theatre to us. Performances will be April 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 2011, all shows starting at 8pm.

I’ve confirmed Stacey Saunders, one of our brilliant ASMs for Shrew will be at my side as Stage Manager for Odd Couple and I’m trying to entice another local into acting as my producer. I’ve also asked a few other folks to act as experts for me in a few areas (eg. what I know about poker can get written longhand on a playing card itself). We’ll be looking for more people to get involved back stage, on stage and in the promotional end of things, so there’s lots of opportunities to get involved. If you want more information, please feel free to get in touch with me.

The next few months will be work for yours truly as I go through the script more than a few times to figure out what I need as director – one of my favourite parts of any show – starting to build the dream out of whole cloth.

Till next time!

Anita

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Been listening to people I know talking about the Black Bloc riot attacks. What disheartens me (beyond people being wantonly stupid in the situation and hurting people on either side)?

That both sides of the philosophical equation are using it as proof they were always right.

Those that thought there would be riots and that the security measures might be justified are looking at the rioters and saying "We were right to be scared."

Those that thought the riots would be staged to justify the security measures have started speculating that the rioters were on a payroll somewhere.

I take a deep breath and think that the only people who know the truth are the people who created the damage - and pray that I don't know anyone with so little regard for their fellow man.

I wish that it wasn't so, but the divide will get no smaller because both sides seem to see things to suit what they want to believe. I grok deep heartfelt emotions. I just don't happen to like this.

Flame as you will, if you will.
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How NOT to dispose of a dead whale )

Really? That was the bright idea???
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Natural Selection)
I think this is squarely in the purview of y'all are too stupid to live - two guys scale many fences to bother a male Siberian Tiger at 1am. One of the men may lose an arm over the incident.
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This story - I just listened to the gentleman in question on CBC. Holy crap, but I cannot imagine being stuck under a semi, in a mangled car, with battery acid dripping on me (detail not in the article, but from the CBC interview), unable to move (spine fractured in 4 places plus a broken radius), for 2 hours while they try to cut you out with the jaws of life, AFTER they find you, and NOT going completely mental....

Aaaaaa..

I think I'm going to go have nightmares now...
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Don Quixote)
South African runner having gender verification tests

Cause you know - that she said "I'm a girl" can't have any relevance when she's so damned buff.

Again, I'm not sure I like my fellow man much most days....
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Dad)
To Michael Jackson's kids, though you'll never read this: I'm really desperately sorry for your loss.

[crying after listening to a news report with Paris saying how much she misses her dad at the memorial service]
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let Usain Bolt be clean

let it be real
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You are my hero today.

Thank you for saying what needed to be said.
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I've been listening to the CBC. They've reported several times that there are calls for legislation banning panhandling, as part of the fall out of the death of a man allegedly at the hands of 4 panhandlers on Queen St. in Toronto.

I keep having the same thought.

"How the hell are they going to enforce that? Unless they enforce it, it's bloody useless legislation."

Great...another demand that there "oughtta be a law".
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One of the gunman's teachers had him removed from her class because he was moody, she believed he was suicidal, and because she felt he was threatening to the other members of the class. Strongly enough that she said she'd quit if he wasn't removed.

Uh - if someone is that potentially dangerous, given a culture now that is seeing the sorts of things that happened at VA Tech more often now, maybe that should have been a red flag for someone to take a closer look and see if there was a way to help this guy before he decided to start killing people?
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Online tax services suspended by CRA

Oh good - and they think that their infrastructure isn't going to be overloaded by having to do things the hard way?
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the_nita: usual shot when I'm directing - since I'm *not* looking at actors, I must be working on the script. (Brave)
And Lt. Watada is one of my new heroes

Dude.
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It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however--the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level--more than eight feet below in places--so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't--yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched.

- Joel K. Bourne, Jr., Writing in the October 2004 National Geographic. His imaginary scenario took less than a year to come true.


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I just got some lovely news.

Now it's my turn to imitate [livejournal.com profile] witchicist...*G*
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