Posts tagged Theatre
Posts tagged Theatre
“It doesn’t last - only in people’s memories and in their hearts. That’s the beauty and sadness of it. But that’s life - beauty and the sadness. And that is why theater is life.” - Sherie Rene Scott
AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE AN ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY PARTY ‘CUZ AN ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY PARTY DON’T STOP ‘TIL EVERYONE IS DEAD
Sadayakko as Ophelia (1905)
“Sadayakko (貞奴) was her stage name as an actress and dancer, derived from a combination of her real name, Sada Koyama, and her geisha name, Yakko.
Born in 1871, the twelfth child of a Samurai family, which had fallen into poverty, she was indentured to the Hamada okiya (geisha house) in the Yoshi-cho hanamachi (geisha district) of Tokyo at the age of four. In 1893, after a successful career as a geisha, she retired at the age of twenty-two to marry Otojiro Kawakami, a ‘new wave’ actor and theatrical entrepreneur. However, after only a few years of marriage they were in severe financial difficulties when one of his major ventures failed.
So, in 1899 the couple leapt at an opportunity to tour the United States of America where, at the age of twenty-eight she re-invented herself as Sadayakko (or Sada Yacco), the first female actor in Japan for two hundred and fifty years. After a tumultuous beginning, Sadayakko eventually found acclaim and they went on to tour Paris and the European capitals where Sadayakko was feted as a star, her performances influencing artistic luminaries of the time such as, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan and Claude Debussy.
The couple returned to Japan in August 1902 and went on to champion ‘new wave’ theatre and European-style productions at home, re-interpreting many of the Western classics for a Japanese audience.
Her portrayal of Orié (Ophelia) was a triumph, her long black tresses tumbling to her waist, her face like that of a little lost child, wearing a pale water-blue dress trimmed with white lace, flowers in her hair and in her hands, singing snatches of nursery rhymes “rain is falling on his grave…no, not rain, it is tears of blood”.” (source)
What if life were like theater (x)
Submitted by: thiswistfuldreamer
Even worse: “What’s it about?”
Oh ye gods…
anne hathaway in drag
anne hathaway in drag
From a production of Twelfth Night which I will never see.
I’m legitimately tearing up now.
your very last blog assignment for French.
So long as you remain silent.
Ben Affleck is so perfect in this movie.
We’re doing RENT at a theatre in my city, and I know all of Mimi’s part. But the casting is Latina/Hispanic…
(Maybe someday dream role, maybe someday)
GAAAH, this irritates me so much. Who CARES that the original Mimi is Latina? It has nothing to do with her character and it doesn’t affect the plot. This isn’t West Side Story!
Thespian Peacock’s usually on point, but I gotta disagree with you guys here. How many roles in music theatre are traditionally cast with white people? Go and count, I’ll wait. Now how many are traditionally cast black/Latin@/Asian/anything not-white? Hell of a lot fewer, n’est-ce pas? White people can be basically every frigging role ever, including the one Mimi was based on. POC are basically only cast when their color “has to do with their character” or “affects the plot”, which means the story is about them being POC. Which is a shitty-ass niche to get stuck in. Having POC characters who weren’t all about being POC is one of the things RENT did WELL. You can’t play ONE FUCKING ROLE? One goddamn thing is off-limits to you? Cry me a bloody river of White Woman’s Tears.
This is my school’s production poster for this year’s play, Othello.
The photo features students (the girl who plays Desdemona and the boy who plays Othello) and was also taken by a student.
This morning, many copies of this poster were put up through the hallways of my high school. By this afternoon, they all had been ripped down - some by teachers, some by students, and many by the principal himself due to a large amount of complaints that the administration received for allowing such a poster on the halls.
I honestly don’t know what I think of it because I fear that I have such a big bias in favor of my drama program, being that I am an avid thespian. I understand how this poster can be taken the wrong way - for one, it’s currently black history month, and my school is one that goes all-out to celebrate that. To have posters, announcements, and clubs all revolving around black pride and then to put this poster up in the midst of all that? This poster depicts exactly the kind of stereotypes that we have been trying to negate - a black man attacking a pretty young white woman.
However, this is advertisement and this is art. This is probably the most effective way the drama teacher could have thought of to get people to come to the show. Everyone will see the poster and wonder, “What is that show even about? All I know is that there are black hands strangling a white girl.” Because I know that people do see it that way - completely black-and-white, if you will. They will wonder, and they will go see the show, just to find out whether or not the drama program is actually racist or something. I mean, this is an incredible marketing strategy. Hit them in the face with shocking controversy and make them need to find out.
On one hand, the photo looks amazing from a photographer’s standpoint, and the poster itself is brilliant from an advertising standpoint. On the other hand, from the side of politics and from an activist’s standpoint, how far is too far? I’m afraid that I can’t truly say, since I have both white privilege and a slight bias in favor of my drama department.
Regardless of how “effective” people think it would be to get people to come to the show, racism should never be used to get numbers. The creators of this poster and the teacher that approved it are using people’s racist fears of the black man hurting the white girl in order to advance this theater program. There is no excuse or justification for it no matter what month it is.
That poster is 100% racist, and I am VERY glad that the students and the administrators were pro active in taking that shit down.
OP, do you NOT see how harmful this poster is? It relies on the notion of the scary black man hurting the poor innocent white girl.
And please MISS ME with that “this is art and entertainment” crap.
ART CAN BE RACIST. ENTERTAINMENT CAN BE RACIST.
And NO this is NOT the most effective way. Why in the unholy FUCK would anyone want to go to a show that is advertised like that??? I know I would avoid it like the plague and tell everyone I know not to support such a racist sentiment.
You said it yourself: You have white privilege. Therefore your feelings on this are IRRELEVANT. You do NOT get to determine what is racist. PERIOD.
^^^^^Have any of you dumbasses had actually read the play Othello? Because it involves a black guy strangling a white girl as one of the major parts of the plot, its not as though thats something this production decided to do for the hell of it, or to add a race factor for interest…. Soooooo i’m guessing rather than the drama teacher going “hehe i shall use peoples racist fears for my own selfish white purposes mwahaha!” they were literally trying to depict one of the more exciting parts of the play and use it to catch peoples attention.
Uh, yes I have read Othello. And it would have been more pertinent to have Iago strangling the young lady, considering Iago is the reason the whole fuckery went down.
CLEARLY those who saw the poster had a problem with the depiction, regardless of the so called “intention” of the artist. They wanted them gone because the shock value was in poor taste.
And fuck you, asshole. So we see this shit as racist, and we’re dumb asses who apparently know nothing? No bitch. Fuck you with a chainsaw dildo.
zorascreation: I love how the entire argument (not from y’all) is that “it’s just a play”. So anti-Blackness is okay simply because it’s a centuries-old play written in Shakespearean times? Uh, no. I’ve read Othello. Hell, I READ for Othello in English and Theatre classes, and it’s got problematic themes of race in it which perpetuate lascivious ideas about Black male bodies and Black male sexuality as a whole. Don’t let history books fool you. Anti-Blackness did not start with “The New World”. It’s an ancient concept. Othello is no exception. Fuck this entire play.
^All of the commentary.
Also: WHY IS THE MAIN CHARACTER NOT ON THE POSTER. WHY. If you’re only going to show one face on the poster, why not have it be the damn title character. That’s like putting on Romeo and Juliet with a poster that only features Tybalt. NO REASON. Except racism. So STFU, OP.
Also, the play is not “about” a black man strangling a white girl. That is what happens in the play, along with lots of other things. The play is about, among other themes, jealousy and manipulation. Pet peeve.