Friday, July 27, 2007

I ain't no hollaback girl!








http://mp3.juno.co.uk/MP3/SF237360-01-01-01.mp3

I drew the picture above which has nothing to do with the show.
But follow the link about for song that just might make an appearance in the show.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Is Gossip Foolish?

Heard About the Pastor Who...? Gossip as an Ethical Activity

by William Willimon

"Despite the possibilities for self-deception in our talk about other people, morality is dependent upon such talk. Many of us find the more refined gossip of the novel a greater help in seeing our lives accurately than the work of academic ethicists. Modern ethics has-sought to rise above the mundane level of everyday discourse in the pursuit of the universal and the objective, the great overarching principles whereby ethical decisions can be made. And what ethicist would want to be labeled as a gossip? Yet there may be some truth to the claim that Ann Landers is about as helpful in teaching me to live well as Stanley Hauerwas. Ethical reflection is dependent upon a range of ordinary and specific examples. I need to see morality lived out in real people’s lives and the results of decision as they are mirrored in the lives of people like me."

http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=789

I don't completely disagree with this, but I think what makes "gossip" foolish is that much of the human instinct is hypocritical because it is wrapped tight in a layer of insecurity.



baddass cupcakes

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Great Moments in Fools Timeline History


June 9, 1435 - The Council of Basel prohibits church-sanctioned Feasts of Fools

These Feasts, which had been previously banned in England, would not disappear entirely. They persisted, largely in France, well into the 1500s as secular carnivals. Aspects of them lasted well into the 1800s in celebrations such as St. Bartholomew's Fair in England. Interestingly, the banishment of fools and foolery from Church holiday festivals coincided with the start of the heyday of the European court jester.

[On not performing spectacles in churches] In some churches, during certain celebrations of the year, there are carried on various scandalous practices. Some people with mitre, crozier and pontifical vestments give blessings after the manner of bishops. Others are robed like kings and dukes; in some regions this is called the feast of fools or innocents, or of children. Some put on masked and theatrical comedies, others organize dances for men and women, attracting people to amusement and buffoonery. Others prepare meals and banquets there. This holy synod detests these abuses. It forbids ordinaries as well as deans and rectors of churches, under pain of being deprived of all ecclesiastical revenues for three months, to allow these and similar frivolities, or even markets and fairs, in churches, which ought to be houses of prayer, or even in cemeteries. They are to punish transgressors by ecclesiastical censures and other remedies of the law. The holy synod decrees that all customs, statutes and privileges which do not accord with these decrees, unless they add greater penalties, are null.

This Fool Won Big Time






You know who I'm talking about...




Who is here ?

Trent is here????
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Whats with all the question marks??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Is this foolish ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Have you looked at the Neofuturist myspace???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Do you think you should ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

What have i become ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Monday, July 23, 2007

Fools Road Trip

How I spent my Saturday:



Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Fools Compassion


Oh God. The Blood!! The Blood!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Chairs, chairs, and...more chairs!!


I had to join the accessorizing of our Foolish site. I didn't search too hard for these pictures, but they struck me as I passed by them on Google. The first is supposed to be an advertisement for a chair, and because you can't tell it's a chair, they have photo-shopped in a very shadowy, translucent, ambiguous figure. Because of this figures see-thru nature it doesn't look like the chair is a comfort to him or her, but a restraint, a torture.

The second image is playful, and I want them!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

cartoons come to life


So here's a snap-shot (via phone--I'm sure that's just what Alexander Graham Bell intended) of our hot and HOTTTTT rehearsal tonight. It involved lots of slapping, noisy kissing, a huggy Kurt, and some molestation of crates that can not/should not properly be described with words. This photo shows Eliza learning how to slug Ryan. The mystery man looking on is the talented Matt of Factory Theatre who choreographed this animated (get it?) madness with grace and humor.
Fools run wild.

I see your chairs...

...and I raise you some chairs!


from Tall Order Physical Theatre, Plymouth, UK.

Check This Out.


That's a hell of a lot of chairs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Those foolish Dutch.

So, I may be thrashed soundly for revealing this information prematurely, but the BoyGirlBoyGirl ... um... boys and girls... decided on a source document for our new show, premiering at the Rhino Fest this October.

It is XV-XVI Century Northern Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection, 1978, and it is exactly what it sounds like.

But that is not the point of this post.

The point is, we passed around said source document this evening and one of the drawings in it, by Rogier Van Weyden, has the odd and wonderful title "Men Shoveling Chairs."

It is exactly what it sounds like.



Perhaps someone can adopt this as their "random activity" in the State Park during the preshow?

Friday, July 13, 2007

On the Foolish Act of Falling Asleep.

I do this a lot.

I'm in bed, I'm all cozy and comfy and drifty, and maybe it's because I'm relaxed--I'm not thinking about what I need to do or where I gotta go or any of the various deadline-driven entities that enter my brain at any given moment--so yes, it probably is because I'm relaxed: The ideas start flying. "Oh, that's great!" I think to myself in my cozy, comfy, drifty state between waking and sleeping. "I love that, I gotta do that." Or, more importantly, "Maybe I should write this down."

Last night I wrote a song in my head for Fools Pre-Show and did not write it down.

Do I know what that song is today? Of course not.

I NEVER write these things down. I'm too damn cozy, comfy and drifty to drag myself out of bed for it. Or, more importantly, too lazy.

On that note, though, I have been giving a lot of thought to Hank Williams and the foolishness of love. I think my Ellwood P. Dowd-inspired pleasantness and cookie-dispersing is coupled with a Hank Williams dark and bitter soundtrack. Jimmy Stewart's Ellwood P. and HW are from the same time, only how very different was their outlook on life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Monday, July 09, 2007

Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools
Five long years I thought you were my man
But I found out I'm just a link in your chain
You got me where you want me
I ain't nothing but your fool
You treated me mean oh you treated me cruel
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools
Every chain has got a weak link
I might be weak child, but I'll give you strength
You told me to leave you alone
My father said come on home
My doctor said take it easy
Whole bunch of lovin is much too strong I'm added to your chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chain, chain,
Chain, chain of fools
One of these mornings the chain is gonna break
But up until then, yeah, I'm gonna take all I can take
Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fools

academic foolery


"To return to the chair, one could say that it is not merely a chair when used on the stage. What enables us to grasp it as such though is that even if the chair is distanced from its identity and function--to sit at a certain height from the floor--we will always be able to say about it: "Look, this is no longer a chair; as opposed to 'not a table' or 'not a man.'" The fact that even in negating its identity and function through language and its manipulations, the object in itself does not change, points at an important issue in the philosophy of language, because when we name the chair something else, it apparently seems to become two additional things: the object named and a non-chair."
--Freddie Rokem, "A chair is a Chair is a CHAIR: The Object as Sign in Theatrical Performance"

I think I actually agree with this. If I understand it. Which I probably don't.
What would Freddie Rokem make of the chair above?
It's the kind of thing that could end up in our show, I think.

Bugs Bunny in a Crate


Sunday, July 08, 2007

St. Symeone. AGAIN!!

I haven't finished this whole article yet, but it is one of the more dynamic descriptions of St Symeon The Fool I have read yet. With descriptions live a maverick, wild and strange breed, and mocking the idiocy of the world it's hard for me not to be entertained and riveted:

http://ship-of-fools.com/Simeon/index.html

Podcast Holy Fool by "Catholic Under The Hood"

lip sunk (rehearsal sneak peek)


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Rehearsal Notes, secrets reaveled

Here is the "script" of that one, in all its lewd and gritty detail, light cues and everything. Scandalous.
***

Castle of Crates and Fool With Big Bag

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“qA and qB” are “Quadrant A and Quadrant B,” in the hilarious words of Anthony (“KNOW YOUR QUADRANT!”)
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SHOWING 1:

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Anthony, hiding in crates, POPS UP, moves to qB. Kurt moves on.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

LIGHTS UP qB
-- tableau – Ryan on floor, buried, Chloe hunched over palm on Ryan’s crate-head, Eliza ready UR, Anthony ready UL

1. Ryan reaches arm up, ARRIVE, and FLOPS arm down on stomach crate, cueing…
2. Chloe begins patting crate-head, and Eliza moving crates…
-- x2 crates to Anthony
-- x1 to Kurt (thrown and dodged by Kurt)
-- x1 to Anthony
3. Eliza crouches to Ryan. Chloe stops movement. Anthony begins move back to qA, carrying three crates.
4. Kurt picks up discarded crate.
5. Anthony steps over empty space.
6. Kurt moves back to BIG SHEET
LIGHTS DOWN qB

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Anthony is seen putting crates down
LIGHTS DOWN qA

SHOWING 1 END



SHOWING 2:

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Anthony, hiding in crates, POPS UP, moves to qB. Kurt moves on.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

LIGHTS UP qB
-- tableau – Ryan on floor, buried, Chloe reclining with detached/idle feel (arms crossed?), Eliza ready UR, Anthony ready UL

1. Ryan reaches arms up, arrives, FLOPS down on stomach crate, cueing…
2. Chloe begins “scratching crate chin” (something to parallel the movement you had in the Showing 1), and Eliza moving crates…
-- x2 to Anthony
-- x1 to Kurt
-- x1 to Anthony
-- x1 to Kurt (2nd BANG is Ryan’s cue)
3. Eliza crouches to Ryan. Chloe stops movement.
4. Ryan WAITS a beat.
5. Kurt begins to pick up crates.
5. Ryan reaches again, in same manner as before, ARRIVE
6. Chloe takes Ryan’s hand, and folds into her lap.
7. Anthony begins to move back to qA, carrying three crates.
8. Kurt picks up crates, Anthony steps over empty space.
9. Kurt moves back to BIG SHEET.
LIGHTS DOWN qB

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Anthony is putting crates down.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

SHOWING 2 END



SHOWING 3:

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Anthony playing with crate-hair (strange). Kurt moves on.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

LIGHTS UP qB
-- tableau – Ryan, buried in giant wall with head US, feet sticking out, Eliza and Chloe smoking UL of wall.

1. Ryan reaches up, ARRIVE,
2. Kurt takes three crates off his chest, leaving one,
3. Ryan struggles, trying to sit himself up,
4. Chloe and Eliza plainly look over to him,
5. Kurt looks down at crates, over at Ryan, then back to crates and leaves,
6. Anthony replaces crates on Ryan’s chest,
7. Ryan is still.
LIGHTS DOWN qB

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Kurt looks around briefly, expectantly, and nothing. Moves on.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

SHOWING 3 END



SHOWING 4:

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Kurt looks around, expectantly, and nothing. Moves on.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

LIGHTS UP qB
-- tableau – all previous crates cleared away, Chloe pining Ryan, Anthony and Eliza US of them, facing each other, action begins immediately upon Kurt’s entrance.

1. Chloe slams Ryan’s crate-head into the ground three times,
2. Anthony spins Eliza’s crate-head in a wicked stage combat slap, and says SLAP loudly over and over,
3. Chloe gets off of Ryan after the three head slams,
4. Ryan sits up, prostrate, cueing…
5. Eliza steps over (Anthony still slapping, loudly), and kicks Ryan in the head,
6. Ryan falls, and folds into himself,
7. Anthony, continues slap movement with no sound.
8. Kurt grabs some crates and leaves.
LIGHTS DOWN qB

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Kurt races past, back to BIG SHEET.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

SHOWING 4 END



SHOWING 5:

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Kurt races past.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

LIGHTS UP qB
-- tableau – In a diagonal line, USR to DSL, Anthony, Eliza, Ryan (on floor, of course), and Chloe, facing audience, they all hold crates at ascending height, except Anthony.

1. Anthony, Eliza, and Chloe pivot toward Kurt, Ryan raises crate up,
2. Kurt takes crate from Eliza, then Ryan, then Chloe, creating a stack,
3. Kurt begins to return, but Anthony cuts him off,
4. Anthony gives Kurt the crate that has been resting on his crate-head the entire time.
5. Kurt moves to BIG SHEET.
LIGHTS DOWN qB

LIGHTS UP qA
-- tableau – Kurt races past.
LIGHTS DOWN qA

SHOWING 5 END





FINAL:

1. Kurt prepares giant bag,
2. Others creep into scene (crates off head?)
3. Kurt lifts bag, struggles,
4. Chloe fastens crate on Kurt’s head.
5. Kurt exits with giant insane crate bag.
6. Audience ERUPTS INTO RAVENOUS APPLAUSE.


end