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*Yells at you but in an affectionate, supportive way*
You’re day drinking Smirnoff ice? That’s like the Bed, Bath, and Body Works of alcohol.
The 20 year old I parent
  #rebecca in real life    #alcohol  
this is painful, as someone who qualified for geo-bee states at age 11. I wonder: are you better at american or african geography?

Oh I’m great with US Geography. I was just talking to someone who knows nothing about US Geography, so describing Wyoming as being “near Montana and Idaho” would mean nothing to her.  But I do know African geography really well. Mind you, African geography changes every six months soooo….

  #princehal9000    #replies  
I don’t even know what Wyoming is. Is Wyoming the same thing as Wyoming?
A Canadian
  #rebecca in real life    #I tried to describe it as being up and to the left and that didn't help  
This is our engagement photo. #frands

This is our engagement photo. #frands

  #frands  

lokiwtf replied to your post: shakespeareismyjam: jerusalemsunrise:…

YES. The Donmar Coriolanus broadcast half killed me, bc I hadn’t read it. I hadnever seen a Shakespeare tragedy totally cold before and: hOLY FUCKING SHIT

RIGHT!? Seeing Shakespeare tragedies cold is one of the most exciting, devastating experiences a person could have. It’s nigh impossible with plays like Romeo and Juliet, but it’s worth trying.

  #lokiwtf    #replies  

shakespeareismyjam:

jerusalemsunrise:

This is a potentially controversial statement, but I feel like cutting the prologue is the first thing you should do when directing Romeo and Juliet for a modern audience.  Like, right off the bat. It’s not necessary. What does it tell us that we don’t collectively know?  It’s not interesting on stage unless you have Jerome Robbins handy to choreograph a dance scene with snapping gangsters.

I just feel like you should watch Romeo and Juliet and not expect the ending. It’s just so much more emotionally satisfying if you sit there thinking: “THERE IS STILL A WAY OUT OF THIS SITUATION.”  And then, when everything explodes, you feel that desperate, tragic sadness, too.  All I know is that, when you act, you don’t play the ending. You play moment to moment because that’s how we live our lives.  I think Romeo and Juliet is a much less interesting, lower stakes play if Romeo and Juliet are aware of their fates from the beginning and don’t react moment to moment. Sure, they both have premonitions, but they both shrug them off and keep on fighting because they believe their lives and love is worth it.  I feel like the prologue subverts all of that. Why keep it just because people expect it?

i’m confused. why would romeo and juliet hear the prologue? is there a production somewhere where they do hear it? that’s not normal.

When I was directing Romeo and Juliet in 2011, I researched a ton of past productions and there were several that gave the prologue to Romeo and/or Juliet, to enhance the “fatedness” of the whole play. One was the RSC production with David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath.  I did it as an ensemble piece spoken by the whole cast, but really only because I felt obligated to keep it in.

My idea behind cutting the prologue is to put the audience in the same dramatic circumstances as the characters in the play. It’s true, almost everyone who goes to see Romeo and Juliet already knows how the play ends. So why do you need the prologue? I feel like the director’s job when presenting this play is to do everything you can to help your audience forget the ending until the ending actually happens.  I feel like, more often than not, people do the prologue because it’s a famous bit of poetry and not because they’re doing anything interesting with it.  I don’t think it does a whole hell of a lot for the play.  

But that’s just my personal feeling about staging the play. 

  #Shakespeare    #Romeo and Juliet    #toddler at the wheel of a tractor  
I think one thing you can do to help your friends who are depressed is to reach out to them not in the spirit of helping, but in the spirit of liking them and wanting their company. “I’m here to help if you ever need me” is good to know, but hard to act on, especially when you’re in a dark place. Specific, ongoing, pleasure-based invitations are much easier to absorb. “I’m here. Let’s go to the movies. Or stay in and order takeout and watch some dumb TV.” “I’m having a party, it would be really great if you could come for a little while.” Ask them for help with things you know they are good at and like doing, so there is reciprocity and a way for them to contribute. “Will you come over Sunday and help me clear my closet of unfashionable and unflattering items? I trust your eye.” “Will you read this story I wrote and help me fix the dialogue?” “Want to make dinner together? You chop, I’ll assemble.” “I am going glasses shopping and I need another set of eyes.” Remind yourself why you like this person, and in the process, remind them that they are likable and worth your time and interest.

Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”

#613: How do I reach out to my friends who have depression? | Captain Awkward

P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”

(via startrekrenegades)

  #Oh GAWD YES    #THANK YOU    #THIS IS EXACTLY IT    #Depression    #mental health  

songofages:

terribletemptation:

fixed it

Can we do this with every episode. Just..idk i need it.

  #Armando Iannucci for new Doctor Who showrunner please and thank you    #ANYONE BUT MOFFAT    #A HORNED TOAD WITH A CALCULATOR IS BETTER THAN MOFFAT    #Doctor Who  
effective. would be like that time I watched swan lake and had forgotten it was a TRAGEDY. or fiddler on the roof. basically theater is a pile of wandering through stories and having unexpected feelings. anything you can do to promote that.

YES. GOOD. I’m extremely stoked people seem to like this idea.

  #princehal9000    #replies  
yesss! the power of the play comes specifically from r+j fighting tooth and nail against the ending, and the audience fighting for them to win, and the heartbreak that comes when we realize/remember that they can’t win at the end.

EXAAAACTLY. And the easiest way to blow that is announce exactly what happens at the end of the play. It’s also just so unbelievably sad by the end, because the solutions just get more and more desperate and grasping. I need to lie down. This play makes me so sad.

I also enjoy the thought of just…starting the play and watching everyone freak out a little because we DARED NOT TO DO THE PROLOGUE.

  #killerkhaleesi    #replies    #Romeo and Juliet  

This is a potentially controversial statement, but I feel like cutting the prologue is the first thing you should do when directing Romeo and Juliet for a modern audience.  Like, right off the bat. It’s not necessary. What does it tell us that we don’t collectively know?  It’s not interesting on stage unless you have Jerome Robbins handy to choreograph a dance scene with snapping gangsters.

I just feel like you should watch Romeo and Juliet and not expect the ending. It’s just so much more emotionally satisfying if you sit there thinking: “THERE IS STILL A WAY OUT OF THIS SITUATION.”  And then, when everything explodes, you feel that desperate, tragic sadness, too.  All I know is that, when you act, you don’t play the ending. You play moment to moment because that’s how we live our lives.  I think Romeo and Juliet is a much less interesting, lower stakes play if Romeo and Juliet are aware of their fates from the beginning and don’t react moment to moment. Sure, they both have premonitions, but they both shrug them off and keep on fighting because they believe their lives and love is worth it.  I feel like the prologue subverts all of that. Why keep it just because people expect it?

  #toddler at the wheel of a tractor    #Romeo and Juliet    #Shakespeare    #theatre    #acting  

The only proof you really need that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare is Pericles. He only wrote half the play and IT FUCKING SHOWS.

  #pericles    #shakespeare    #i have never had such a hard time learning Shakespeare in my life    #toddler at the wheel of a tractor  
jawnthebaptiste:

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 
The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

I didn’t want to reblog this because it’s hard to look at, but people SHOULD see it.
We SHOULD see a father mourning his teenage son.
We SHOULD see how a killing like Mike’s can take a toll on not only a community, but a family.
It’s as easy for young black men to become martyrs as it is for them to become victims. They can never just be humans. 
We can never just be.

jawnthebaptiste:

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 

The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

I didn’t want to reblog this because it’s hard to look at, but people SHOULD see it.

We SHOULD see a father mourning his teenage son.

We SHOULD see how a killing like Mike’s can take a toll on not only a community, but a family.

It’s as easy for young black men to become martyrs as it is for them to become victims. They can never just be humans. 

We can never just be.

  #THE POLITICAL IS PERSONAL    #THE. POLITICAL. IS. PERSONAL.    #There aren't significant words of condolence for the Brown family    #I will stay angry for you    #I will take action for you    #That is what I will do    #Ferguson  

honeytangerine asked:

NICOSIA: How often do you fall into a state of procrastination?

Basically whenever I have to do something tedious, but important. Being an AP student made me one of the world’s best procrastinators.

(FINE I WILL GO LEARN MY LINES)

  #honeytangerine    #Askbox memes  

THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW ME IS ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE

(Pick a destination on this European road trip- or more, if you like it)
Amsterdam: Do people think you are a complete "alien"?
Athens: Are you a perfectionist?
Belgrade: Tell me about the nicknames people give you.
Berlin: How often can you get everything you really want?
Bratislava: Tell me about the book of your life.
Brussels: Do you use many different languages in a same sentence?
Bucharest: Have you ever put someone in the Friend Zone?
Budapest: Have you ever been put in the Friend Zone?
Copenhagen: Have you ever kissed or been kissed by a complete stranger?
Dublin: Have you ever drunk to forget something and/or someone?
Helsinki: Imagine you have to choose between love and your greatest goal in life. What would be your choice?
Kiev: Have you ever felt hurt by words that cut your heart more than a knife could ever do?
Lisbon: Have you ever felt you were - absolutely - born in the wrong country?
Ljubljana: Have you ever been mistaken by someone else?
London: More sense or more sensibility?
Luxembourg: Have you ever deeply regretted something you done (and I really mean DEEPLY)?
Madrid: Which talents you don't have and you really would love to have?
Moscow: Are you able you sleep well every night?
Nicosia: How often do you fall into a state of procrastination?
Oslo: What would give you absolute peace of mind?
Paris: Are you afraid of falling in love (in general or for a specific person)?
Podgorica: Would you die for what you believe?
Prague: Are you a jealous person?
Reykjavik: If you had to choose a country in the World to live forever and ever, which one it would be?
Riga: Would you take and publish a selfie if someone asked you to?
Rome: Have you ever experienced undeniable and true love in any form?
Sarajevo: How far would you go for the ones you love?
Skopje: What was the sweetest thing anyone called you?
Sofia: Have you ever been a victim of any form of prejudice?
Stockholm: Have you ever felt that you were an inspiration for someone else?
Tallinn: What was the strangest rumour you heard about yourself?
Tirana: Do you consider yourself a sexy person?
Valletta: Have you ever had a car or bike accident?
Vienna: Choose a song to define your life and explain it.
Vilnius: Would you change your nationality if you had the chance?
Warsaw: Have you ever suffered a depression?
Zagreb: Have you ever gave your heart to someone who did not deserve it at all?
Zurich: How important is money in your life?
NOWHERE FAST: Don´t ask me absolutely anything. Tell – tell me what you think about the person that owns this Tumblr.
  #yoooooooo    #help me procrastinate learning Pericles lines