The View From Here #171: Fall/Winter, 2016-17
In just two days, we're brought in $830, putting us 11% of the way to our goal, and just $170 shy of the new "Breakneck Julius Caesar" costume!
Back to the tour!
|Utah, heading into Wyoming...|
|Hanging with the Prez|
|Name, ahem, above the title...|
|Cub fans, old and new...|
“The good news is that ‘Tartuffe’ and ‘Don Juan’ will be increasingly relevant.
The bad news: so will ‘Richard III’ and ‘Macbeth.’”
|Driving through Portland, OR|
|Note to the wise...|
|Proud to be a "Michigan Dad"|
|Charlotte's first Christmas|
This led me to eat, drink and sleep Julius Caesar for a week, reworking and reworking the ending of the play until I found that this one was going to have a SURPRISE ending! My complete submersion in the logic that holds "Julius Caesar" together took me farther and farther from the typical ending that you see when heavy-hitters like Jason Robards or James Mason play the role of Brutus. I don’t know if the high school teachers are going to hate it or love it, but once I had factored every other piece that led up to it, it was the only ending that made any sense to me. (Spoiler alert: my version is funnier than any other "Julius Caesar" you've probably seen)
|Tim & Claudia, 32 years later!|
|Monmouth Hamlet Poster|
|The New TMRT Banner!|
I zoomed down to Kingsville, visiting with my friend, Michael, who I knew from several Kingsville performances, before pushing on to Laredo, Texas, where I was going to give the first public preview of "Breakneck Julius Caesar." Over the course of the workshop, I'd had no time to rehearse the lines for "BJC," so I was "waking a show back up" that I'd never performed on stage before. I had a scheduled performance of "Breakneck Hamlet" that same night, but I had to trust my ability to "wake up" Hamlet in the several hours between the morning preview and the evening show.
|David C. Jensen's latest!|
And, "Breakneck Hamlet" was also pretty good. One teacher e-mailed me to describe his reaction as "utterly delighted... left me in stitches."
I pressed north, driving in brief stints, writing my blog, organizing the fundraiser, and putting a video together. While you may see the official fundraising video at Generosity.com, you can see my collection of "outtakes," below...
See you on the road!
Discoveries: Some of my lightest-attended shows have had some of the most positive impact on my career. * The longer you do this kind of thing, the more that the coincidences seem to pile up in quick succession: chance encounters, people who know the same people, old friends who know other old friends, that by rights, shouldn’t know each other. * If you want to get a project done fast, move up your deadlines. * Sometimes, you have to go with the ending that is staring you in the face, rather than the ending that everyone around you expects.
Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre Tour Schedule
Feb 8-9: Chadron State College, Chadron, NE (MTT & Workshops)