Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend . . . harumph

At my folks for Thanksgiving, though they haven't seen much of me, as I tend to scurry off upstairs to work on my final project - a five-minute scene of a play by . . . I think it's Eugene O'Neill's play based on a Euripedes play. I don't know the titles of either, but they both have incest, matricide, betrayal, and general murder. I missed the incest part at first, and couldn't figure out why the actress was rubbing all over her "brother's" chest. Eventually I figured it out. Sometimes I'm slow, but I get there all the same.

I oscillate between hating the piece and liking it. I get frustrated because I know what I want to do, but what's in my head is grand and creepy and what comes out is tiny, quivering, shaky - and, believe it or not, too pretty. Or at least that's the way it seems in the thick of it. I suppose that's just the creative process.

It's been a peaceful Thanksgiving, otherwise. I didn't get to spend much time with my niece, but the school stuff just couldn't be ignored. During Christmas I hope to remedy that.

Other than that, I'm eating too much and drinking too much caffeine. But I FINALLY bought a pair of running shoes - Kohl's had a great sale - and some running clothes. Warm ones. So I hope to get back to that, however slowly and stilted, once we return to Chicago.


Robin S. said...

Did you read Mourning Becomes Electra?

I used to love to read plays- George Bernard Shaw's, etc.

I'm jealous - this sounds like a fantastic program - even though you're crazy busy!

freddie said...

I haven't read the whole play yet. Haven't had time.

The professors I have are really cool. I don't like any one more than the others; they all complement each other in their teaching. One instructor, having been a producer, is really good at discussing the things I might try for dramatic reasons, while another gives me a musical anchor to hold on to when I'm out of ideas. The third is really, really gifted and makes sure we understand the software program we're using.

Robin S. said...

Sounds amazing. Hope you're enjoying that immersion into fantastic experience.