The british pub/ redskins bar gets better: their beer is cheap (relatively speaking), comes in real (imperial) pints, and their fish and chips is as close to the real thing I’ve found state-side.
At a british pub that’s also a Redskins bar wattching the game.
I’ve found home.
Okay, time for me to get all deep and serious about Green Day. Please Hold:
10 years ago Sunday (I’m late, I know), a CD was released that I didn’t know about yet but that would change my life. Looking back, I was pretty late to the game discovering American Idiot. I think I remember seeing the music video that fall when it was released, but I didn’t really take notice of the album until the next spring when the “Holiday” music video was released. I remember it was that song that made me first think “hey I like this song, and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “American Idiot”, maybe I should buy the whole CD.” So I did, months after it had first been released and listened to the whole thing that night. I was blown away. That album changed my life: how I viewed myself, viewed the world, and thought about things. It opened my mind to new possibilities; the band would continue to do this throughout the next several years. I fell in love with Green Day instantly. The next few weeks was a flurry of buying all of Green Day’s CDs (including inheriting Nimrod from my Aunt), learning about the band, their history, and any and all random facts about them I could. By summer I was a full-blown Green Day expert.
I could go into more detail about the next 5 years, the concert I was denied the chance to go to, the one I did, and all the rest, but I’ll skip ahead. Somewhere in early 2009, I started to hear about American Idiot being adapted into a musical to play at the Berkley Rep. As soon as that possibility even emerged, I was already making plans to go see it on Broadway. I eventually did. 6 times. Again, there are a lot of fun stories involving all that, but suffice to say that that musical changed my life. I’ve never felt so deeply connected to something in my life and I do to this day. Seeing that musical made me immediately question if I’d rather do theatre than film, an idea I dismissed until just last year. That musical helped me recognize my calling and passion for theatre. I really can’t express how much it all means to me.
I guess overall that album seriously changed my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I might’ve never realized my true calling in theatre. It’s an incredibly important piece of art for me and I can never thank Green Day enough for it.
TL; DR: Thank you Green Day for changing my life; I wouldn’t be where I am today w/o American Idiot.
— Me trying to explain SNK over headset
45 mins before we start the run, I realize I left my calling script at home. I live 15 mins away on a good day, and I have to set up, get crew ready etc. There is no time.
I do have my blocking script though, so I casually ask our lighting designer if she has an extra call sheet by chance, you know w/e. She offers to e-mail me the latest one.
20 mins before we start, I put as many cues into my script as I can. Luckily sound cues are just scene change music and a few extraneous ones I remember. I call the script perfectly fine for a tuesday tech with no one the wiser.
Also, in the course of the show, my sound board op has invited me to his Gatsby themed b-day party and offered to be my drinking buddy in general.
And after the run, some of my designers told me that we will get drunk off our faces at some point closing weekend.
So what started out terribly turned into a pretty good tuesday tech.
American Idiot the musical is my entire life.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten people, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
(in no particular order)
1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
3. Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
4. The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
5. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
6. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
7. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series, Stieg Larsson
9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
10. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (only the first)
I nominate anyone who wants to who hasn’t been nominated yet/ I’m too lazy to tag people.