I’m still looking for library work, of course. It’s the same as always – jobs are being posted, but there are only so many that I feel are of significant interest, offer a benefit/pay package I think would meet my needs, and that I think I have a decent shot at. Some people might say that I shouldn’t be so picky, but if I’m going to spend the time and effort of applying, possibly traveling for interviews, and potentially moving to a different state, I want to feel really good about what I’ve applied for. That’s not so much to ask for, is it? To quote the title character from the movie Nanny McPhee Returns, “It’s an odd thought, I grant you, but there it is.”
In other news this week, I’m starting to get back into the world of theatre! It turns out that one of my co-workers at the store is a playwrite, and a couple of his plays have been produced at a Strawberry Festival in New York. There are a number of Strawberry Festivals around the state, so I’ll have to double-check with him exactly which one it is. Anyway, he recently completed a new short play based on a story written by his father, and I agreed to type it up for him to submit to a producer (or maybe he’s a director?) who wants to put the play onstage. He (the playwrite) also expressed interest in bringing me in as crew when they actually get close to producing the thing. This is pretty awesome! I’m also going to be reading one of his longer plays because he said he’d like to get my opinion.
“All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women in it merely players./They have their entrances and their exits,/And each man in his time plays many parts.” – Shakespeare, As You Like It. I’ve also heard tell that Julie Taymor will be bringing a new film of The Tempest to theaters in the near future. Dame Helen Mirren is playing Prospera (yes, a female version of Prospero), and Russell Brand will be Trinculo (the drunken clown of the piece). I’m getting really excited about this – the only time I can remember actually seeing this play was at the reconstructed Globe in London back in 2000. That production featured the great Vanessa Redgrave as Prospero, and a Caliban who was munching on real dead fish and tossing them at the groundlings. I was one of those groundlings, and it was definitely not a hardship to stand literally at Ms. Redgrave’s feet for three hours!