Archive for the Great Outdoors

A Mirror Up To Nature

A River Runs Through It

Hello Strange Readers, Eric here, thinking about the beauty of Boom Island Park, and of Minneapolis in the Summer.  It’s a gift to work on a text as thick and generous and magnificent as this one; to tell a story about the beauty of the world (“the property of rain is to wet and fire to burn”) while spending time, every day, sitting by the river and playing in the grass.  And, in that same vein, to dive into an investigation, an education, on the nature of Love, (“If thou remember’st not the slightest folly / that ever love did make thee run into / thou hast not loved”) while, in the world, we all must look into Love’s bottomless question.  Is Love full of deceptions and feigning?  Or full of a natural purity?  When is it an excuse for sex? and when is it totally blind and wrongheaded?  In this rehearsal period, we’re trying to make these questions as visceral to us as whether it will storm tomorrow.

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Looking Up

Celia and Rosalind think about their fortunes

Celia and Rosalind think about their fortunes

Yesterday as we were rehearsing under a semi-cloudy sky looking out onto the Mississippi, Celia and Rosalind looked up and started to rail against Mistress Fortune for the fate she had imposed on women.  There was something about being outside, watching the actors directly address the open sky, and listening to the poetry that is Shakespeare,  I started to wonder whether Mistress Fortune could actually hear us.  And if she could. . . what would be her response?

I’m still waiting for the answer.  But one thing I do know is that The Strange Capers is having a Garage Sale this Saturday in which all the proceeds will go to the Company.  For more info come visit our facebook page and become a fan.

–randy

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