Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ahh Memories... A Blast from the past!

Rick found this in his Shakespeare collection.
Thought you would all enjoy this.
Steve... really causing a problem ...all those years ago
and still today.


  1. Ah, I remember that cartoon. (Was it up on the Editor in Chief's door in the Spectator office?) You know - funny story. (Not really, but it's a good way to get into a story.) The wife has for years gone up to this outdoor theatre in Wisconsin to see a Shakespeare play every summer. Her sister and various family members go with - I've always politely turned down the invitation. This past year, however, the play was A Midsummer Night's Dream - and the wife INSISTED that I come, that I WOULD enjoy it, that I WOULD be able to understand the Olde English. I reluctanctly agreed. It really, truly was a perfect night - lovely warm weather, the forest all around the theatre was whispering with life, and the stars came out as the play began. And you know what? I couldn't understand the actors - for about ten minutes. Then, I suddenly started getting words, then whole lines of dialogue, then even more - and by the end, I knew I had been wrong to turn down this invitation all those years. It was a magical, fun evening - funny, romantic, a beautiful night with great family and friends. And, I must say, even before this past summer, I realized that not wanting to do those plays back at CCRF was really dumb on my part - so I apologize profusely for my pigheadedness, and regret knowing that I missed out on some even more wonderful memories with the greatest and coolest organization I've ever belonged to (and still do!), the wonderful Fred Poet's Society.

  2. CARSON11:02 AM

    Oh Steven..
    2 stories:
    Story 1:
    Rick and I have been to that very outdoor theatre near Spring Green (A Frank Lloyd Wright home).
    We went with Erik.
    We were hot and plagued by mosquitos.
    That is until the sun went down and the lights came up and then the magic!
    We saw Merchant of Venice and it was good.

    Story 2:
    When Lisa was 4 or 5 and we were visiting my family in Columbus, the architectural mecca of the world... we went to see A Midsummer's Night Dream which was playing in a brand new outdoor theatre there.
    The outdoor ambience and the magic of that particular play A Midsummer's Night Dream wove us into the story and it was one of my favorite theatre experiences ever! Lisa was laughing her head off at Puck!
    That play is perfect outside and nothing compares to it since. So when I read your recounting of your Shakespearian experience... I really did feel the magic. Great stuff.
    BTW... the wife seems to have a good effect on you.
    I like this kinder, gentler and more accepting Steven.