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My Spin on “Midsummer”

When I was in high school, our theater department did a production on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was a freshman and played the part of Helena. The Director, Tim, did what most directors of Shakespeare do  and set the play in modern times. Rather than Athens Greece, the play took play in Athens, GA. Our Theseus looked like Col. Sanders, instead of the King’s Court we had a country club, the fairies were the spice girls (um… this was 1999, so bear that in mind) and the entire score was Swedish and Czech Techno Music. This song in particular was the entrance of the fairies:

Where Tim found this music I will never know, but I fucking loved it.

Since that point, I have always had a soft spot for Midsummer above almost all of Shakespeare (save for Hamlet, which rocks on so many levels). I’ve seen several movie versions of Midsummer, however there has been idea lurking in the back of my mind for the past 13 years on how I would translate the play into a movie.

The biggest change I would make is getting rid of the iambic pentameter entirely (except for one character, but I’ll get to that in a minute). All characters would talk in normal, modern speech but the scenes will play out exactly as they are written

I always loved the update idea but I would take it a step farther. Instead of a country club, we set it in corperate America, similar to the Ethan Hawke version of Hamlet. Theseus, CEO and Preisdent of Athens Corp., would be in the middle of a merger with Hippolyta’s company, Amazon.com, (I know it’s an actual website, but I can’t resist) as well as trying to seduce her.

The “lovers” subplot would be pretty much the same. Egeus would head a division of Theseus’ corporation and Demetrius would be his second in command. Demetrius would be eager to marry the boss’ daughter, Hermia, however she is sleeping with a poor artist, Lysander. Meanwhile, Demetrius is still screwing around with his secretary/assistant Helena. This dynamic would explain explain Helena’s doting/obsessive personality rather than turn her into a stalker and would make it seem like Demetrius feels he’s too good for her.

The Players would be a band, “Mechanical Animal” ,  rather than an acting troupe. They are trying to book a gig as the band for the gala following the corporate merger. During the course of their practice, Bottom gets increasingly drunk and begins acting like an Asshole. His friends put him in the back of their van to sleep it off.

Now the Fairies…

The Fairies are ravers/club kids. I want the audience to be unsure of whether they are magical beings or not the whole time (spoiler: they are totally magical!). Aside from clothing and dress, the biggest change to the fairies would be transforming Titania into a Drag Queen. The “Indian boy” who caused the initial rift between the couple would be a 19-year-old Indian guy. But my favorite part is Puck.
Puck would be a DJ. In fact, Puck would be Skrillex.

However you feel about Dubstep or Techno music, isn’t this just Perfect? Doesn’t this guy just scream “Puck”? Hell, he has an EP titled “Scary Monsters and Friendly Sprites.” This guy is Puck. If I couldn’t get Skrillex, I’d at least make the actor I get look exactly like this.

Puck is the only character who would speak in Iambic Pentameter. So all conversations with him would have to hit his rhythms

Random Other Details
-Magic Flower= Magic Fairy Drugs.
-End of the show would be the one wedding (Theseus and Hippolyta) instead of 3.
– I would use the same Czech techno (Czechno?) music as I inserted above
-All Fairies would be a mix of male and female

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A Change in Direction

I admit it: I’m a really horrible blogger.

I have so many friends who are religious with their blogs and I am actually really jealous of their ability. Oh, I don’t mean their writing ability, no, I don’t think I could recognize good or even mediocre blogging if I heard it. I mean their tenacity in continuing to blog. I can be tenacious  with much of my life, but blogging (or even writing in general) doesn’t seem to fall into that pile. I was far from an English major, and in fact I don’t ever remember receiving an “A” in any of my high school English classes. I have forever shrunk away from essays and term papers. I tend to write like I talk: fast and all over the place. My daily conversation is forever filled with ellipses (….).

Add to that, I am a failure when it comes to grammar and spelling. Since, this post started I have used spell check not less than a dozen times. I partially blame this on some sort of undiagnosed dyslexia or learning disability. This has led me to being very cautious of how and what I post on the internet, for fear I might be called out by the pilkunnussija (n. Finnish: A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention  to detail; literally, a comma-fucker) that roam the internet.I also blame this with my lifelong inability to discern my right and left apart. But I digress…

As I said, I’m terribly jealous of my bloggy-friends. I want that. I want something my friends and family will follow and look for cute baby pictures and updates. I want to talk about my life and interesting thoughts I’m thinking. I want to show off every damn craft project I make and then pin it to Pinterest with a tutorial on how I did it instead of just a damn photo. I want to have epic, windy, lengthy, short-story style posts. I want it all, blog-style. But you know what? Nobody has a blog like that. Every blog I see (and I’m speaking about the people that I know personally, here) picks one of those things, just one, and follows that path. They either blog about their pregnancy/baby or their family vacations or their feelings on religion or or their Etsy Shop or whatever, but they don’t do everything. One blog, one topic.

“But Sarah, can’t you just start a second blog if you want to do everything?” asked nobody, ever. In theory, yes, I could, but one does not go from playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the recorder to composing Pachelbel’s Canon in D. I’m trying for baby steps. As stated earlier, I am already an awful blogger, full of spelling errors and run-on sentences. So, I’m going to make an effort to focus more.

Initially with this, I wanted to be a mom blogger (hence the title).  I wanted to post regular updates with Colt’s growth and progress and pictures of him doing endlessly adorable things. However, in the blink of an eye, he is 5 months old and I have become a very bad mommy-blogger. I know I’m not the first mommy blogger to do this. I actually think mommy-blogging is better suited for Daddy, especially when it comes to those first few months. I told Mike that, with our next child, baby book upkeep will be his responsibility. It’s not like you need to be creative, you just need to keep track of dates, milestones and photos.

(side note: as bad as I am at momblogging, I am keeping up with baby-booking. Growing up, I LOVED poring over my own baby book and I want that for Colt) 

I’m leaning on making this a more crafty/DIY Blog. I want this to be something more I can use as a Pinterest tool rather than an exercise in self-gratification although, to be fair, that is exactly what Pinterest is, no?

I guess I accomplished one thing with this entry: a long, rambly, windy, going-nowhere post.