And of course one can say to oneself, “I will post one more thing to that blog, and then I will be done with it, more or less,” and then one posts, and one suddenly wants to post more. So I will tell you about something we saw on our honeymoon: Macbeth at Fort Point, San Francisco, from We Players

This was a full production of Macbeth, staged in Fort Point, a Civil War-era fort built to protect San Francisco from threats that ultimately never materialized. The fort is now a national historic site, and is quite beautiful if you like old things, standing under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sound of waves crashing upon the shore, not to mention a killer view of the city.

This was an immersive production; there was minimal participation in the show (more on this later), but the play itself took place on the move, sometimes with several scenes going on at once. The audience was split into two groups (crescents and diamonds), and each had a leader to follow. The groups were together for major scenes, and when we separated, we got to explore the three levels of the fort as we traveled to the different locations. There was walking, but there was also running up and down narrow flights of stairs - quite exhilerating. There was also music - a creepy ensemble of horns and drums. We also rejoined each other for Banquo’s banquet scene, where we were treated to cheese, crackers, fruit, and spiced tea. 

The design of the play was beautiful. The men wore uniforms that echoed Civil War military dress. Everyone’s colors were meant to evoke aspects of the Fort; each of the three Weird Sisters’s costumes was meant to represent one of the major lichens that have taken over the brickwork in the fort - white, green, and rust-colored. Duncan’s fantastic shaggy cape and uniform were the color of the bricks, to represent his importance to the structure of the play. The elements enhanced the play as well; as the sun set and the play got darker, the fort got colder, the wind picked up and the shadows made the little fort seem more and more sinister. The scene where Macduff’s wife and children was murdered was easily the hardest to watch; they did not hold back with the screaming. It was also one of the scenes where we were split up, so while we were in England with Macduff we got to hear his family get murdered again in the distance - heartbraking.

As I mentioned, there was some interaction. Towards the end of the play, those of us who had volunteered at the beginning were brought into the entrance to the Fort and given branches, screamed at a bit, and made to charge at Macbeth - we were Burnam Woods. There was also a part (after the aforementioned slaughter) where the white lichen witch held my hand, which made me smile.

The acting was good. Macbeth was not my favorite Macbeth; his “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” speech was woefully flippant, but he had a lot of energy. He made you want to like him. Lady Macbeth and Macduff were quite good, as was Malcolm. And the three witches were delightfully creepy; they got to play with a lot of messy things during their scenes.

I wish I could recommend that everyone go, but this production has ended. However, if you’re in California, keep an eye on We Players’ site for this year’s production; their past repertoire is Shakespeare-heavy, so who knows what 2014 will bring!

ETA: My favorite part of writing this post was looking at the pictures again. It was a REALLY fun night!

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thebloodybusiness:

fearsdomakeustraitors:

I have not posted here in a long, long time, but I have quite been looking forward to posting these photographs. My better half and I could not resist the temptation of including something of our favorite Hotel into our nuptial festivities, and this is the result. We also spent our last night as bachelor and bachelorette at The McKittrick, along with the eligible members of our bridal party. It was delightful. We hope our pictures make you smile.

Glamis here, and this is AMAZING!!!! Wow and congrats to you both!

Thank you!!

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I have not posted here in a long, long time, but I have quite been looking forward to posting these photographs. My better half and I could not resist the temptation of including something of our favorite Hotel into our nuptial festivities, and this is the result. We also spent our last night as bachelor and bachelorette at The McKittrick, along with the eligible members of our bridal party. It was delightful. We hope our pictures make you smile.

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Hello out there!

Contrary to evidence that clearly indicates otherwise, I do still exist!

And I am going to the McKittrick on Saturday night! 7:00. The reason for this is that I am awkwardly tagging along on my fiance’s “bachelor party,” which gets quotes around it because of me, the lone female crashing it. Also because half of them are under age. I am crashing it because I am a horribly selfish person and will be jealous the whole time that I am not there too, and I need to do at least one crazy thing to qualify as a bride.

I post this here because I am wondering, is anyone else going Saturday night? My dear one who would otherwise be my girldate is far away on a tropical island stuffing her head with very useful knowledge, and I find myself lacking other friends who have any interest in the show (*shakes fist to the heavens!*). So it would be really fun to be able to meet a new friend instead, also so I am not hovering awkwardly ten feet away from my fiance and his cousins.

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“Fire + Bone” was staged in the same style as the now-famous “Sleep No More” by the Punchdrunk theater ensemble, allowing audience members to wander from room to room following actors that interested them (or not). Only occasionally were we confronted by locked doors or silent ushers barring the way, and an exhortation to explore the space ensured frequent discoveries of hidden nooks and crannies even in unoccupied rooms. I know for a fact that I did not see the “entire” show the night I attended; like its famous predecessor, “Fire + Bone” would require multiple exposures to uncover every angle.”

Was anyone able to see this? How was it?

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May 15 - SNM / Planned Parenthood Benefit

thatperilousstuff:

The McKittrick and Sleep No More appear to be hosting a benefit reception on May 15. Tickets are $150 with a portion donated to Planned Parenthood. 

Cool!!

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baby-mammoth:

… because I think it’s a good time to start.

Double attack on Shakespeare’s works and a new Pinter workshop that I’ve started this week-end, made me think about how the structure of SNM is almost perfectly Shakesperian. Think about the Globe Theatre - a wooden stage with very few set pieces…

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Last night I had a McKittrick dream, possibly because of how much I spent giggling over the last person to post about a dream. I was with a bunch of very turn-of-the-century-looking people. There was some sort of pre-entering the hotel scene, all acted-out, and then the lot of us were shoved off into the hotel on a very open version of the third floor. But we weren’t given masks!! So I turned back to James, who *was* wearing a mask and said, “Jamesy,” (JAMESY) “you forgot…” and gestured to my own face. He (who looked like Tim Heck) was all pissy and explained “You don’t NEED ONE but you can have it IF YOU WANT” and gave me a mask, which glowed in the dark. It turned out we didn’t need them because they turned off all the lights. The glowing mask helped. Then all dream-hell broke loose and there was something with a huge room with water and a boat and an old man and missions and I had to keep falling back asleep after hitting snooze to keep doing the missions (thanks for that one, dream). 

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While in the McKittrick, who carries a watch? Who goes time-less?

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jimmydougan:

I had a dream last night where I found out it was called Sneep No Nore. I went to the show and everyone heard me call it Sleep No More and started being nasty to me and Nicholas Bruder pushed me down some stairs and laughed.

It was horrible.

*gigglesnort*

(Source: serpentunderit)

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