Arturo Chiang

01 May 19
Letter V

Classical performances in and around Richmond, with selected events elsewhere in Virginia and the Washington area. Program information, provided by presenters, is updated as details become available. Adult single-ticket prices are listed; senior, student/youth, group and other discounts may be offered. In and around Richmond: This season’s Repertoire Recital Series of the Richmond chapter, American […]

08 Feb 19
En Pointe Chic

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18 Jan 19
East Bay Times
“I do love ’Shakespeare in Love,’” said Doll Piccotto, who plays Queen Elizabeth in the play, which opens at Palo Alto Players on Saturday. “The thing I love the most about it is that, clearly, the people who wrote it made it a love letter to Shakespeare and theater.” Piccotto recalled seeing the movie, written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. “I was sitting there, being a Shakespeare nerd, and loving how many little Shakespeare jokes they worked into it. “’Give me to drink mandragora,’ and the bartender says, ‘Straight up?’ All the beautiful little side jokes. Some won’t get them, but for those who do, there is the recognition that sparks the love of the words.” The mandragora line is from “Antony and Cleopatra” — you knew that, right? — and the bartender’s line is the joke. Mandragora was the word, in Shakespeare’s time, for mandrake — a highly poisonous and perhaps magical plant (one well known to readers of the Harry Potter books). Marc Norman came up with the idea for the screenplay, over years of work. Tom Stoppard was brought in for a script polish, and the movie won all kinds of awards (there are those, me included, who think the best-movie Oscar it won should have gone to “Saving Private Ryan”). Then Lee Hall adapted it for the stage. Some people think the stage version is better than the movie. “I see it billed as a love story,” said April Culver, who plays Viola de Lesseps in the Players production, “which is fair, but I think it’s mostly a love story about the theater. … It’s about bringing the thing to life, finding that thing you love, and pursuing it, finding your truth. “It’s so lovely to be able to perform in a show that has some Shakespeare in it, especially a show that treats Shakespeare with such care.” Piccotto and Culver are both Shakespeare devotees from early ages. “My mom got me this book when I was 9, I think, by Charles Lamb,” said Culver. That would be “Tales from Shakespeare,” written by Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807. “I fell in love with the stories, loved that book, carried it everywhere. I told my mom I needed  acting classes, she enrolled me, and I’ve been doing it ever since. “The plot summaries in the book made great entry points to Shakespeare, especially for a really young kid. Then I started attempting to read full Shakespeare. I had annotated books and patient teachers. As I got older, the rhythm patterns, the care with which these verses were put together, the thought behind every word, captured me. It became part of who I was. “Shakespeare’s my heart.” Culver and Piccotto met at Silicon Valley Shakespeare, where both have performed quite a bit, and where Piccotto is resident dramaturg. “Doll, she’s a force, amazing,” said Culver “I idolize her. She’s a beast. She crushes it.” True, that. In 2013, I reviewed Piccotto as Caliban in “The Tempest” at The Pear in Mountain View:  “… she is fabulous in the role. Her big eyes peering out suspiciously, with anger, fear and bitterness, from under a messy, dirt-covered face that befits a primitive creature who lives in a cave. … She really brings both the comedy and the pathos.” “I loved my little box!” said Piccotto of that Caliban cave, which was under the raised stage at the old Pear building. “Shakespeare in Love” is Piccotto’s third turn as Queen Elizabeth, although she only took the role once in an actual play by Shakespeare. That was “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” in “about 2000,” at Northside Theatre in San Jose. “I wrote some little dialogue for between scenes,” Piccotto said, “little interludes. I got to sit in the audience and watch the show while it was being performed.” She was also Queen Elizabeth in “The Beard of Avon” at The Pear, in 2016. She was excellent in an uneven production. The real Queen Elizabeth, who lived from 1533 to 1603, was “an amazing woman,” said Piccotto, “a master of marketing. At a time when men were held superior to woman, how does a woman create herself to rule men who believe she is inferior? She created herself to be a woman, but more than a woman. ‘I may have the body of weak and frail woman … but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England at that.’ “I admire her. For a woman at that time to be able to rule at a golden age of England, with everything going against her, all the political intrigue, by creating herself as the virgin queen, that meant no man could ever have dominion over her.” Culver’s looks (milk-and-cream complexion, blue eyes, red hair), as well as her talent and her love of Shakespeare, make her an ideal person to play the ingénue role in “Shakespeare in Love.” And it’s a great role, built for comedy and romance, with layers of political intrigue. Viola de Lesseps has been promised, by her father, to a man she doesn’t want to marry. What she wants is to perform on the stage — which is forbidden to women in Elizabeth’s England. So, she dresses up as a man, calls herself Thomas Kent, and auditions for Shakespeare, who is trying to write a play called “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter.” Over the course of the tale, which becomes a love story between Viola and Shakespeare, she not only helps him plot out his play and improve its title, but plays both Romeo and Juliet on stage. Big fun for Culver, to play all those roles. It’s her first time working with Palo Alto Players. “It’s wonderful,” said Culver. “It’s such a great team of people, a great team to work with. I’m so lucky to be in this process. “Lee Ann (Payne) does fantastic work. I love working with her. She puts so much care into everything. She makes sure the actors are comfortable and understand the text and are enjoying the process. Hers is finely crafted work — no small detail goes unattended to. There is logic behind every decision.” John Orr is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Email him at johnorr@regardingarts.com. Theater What: “Shakespeare in Love” By: Lee Hall, based on the movie by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Produced by: Palo Alto Players Directed by: Lee Ann Payne Featuring: Shawn Andrei, David Blackburn, Seton Chiang, Jeff Clarke, April Culver, Kyle Dayrit, Arturo Dirzo, Alex Draa, Kristin Hall, Mohamed Ismail, Drew Benjamin Jones, Melinda Marks, Jessica Maxey, Joey McDaniel, David Paigen, Gwyneth Price Panos, Doll Piccotto, Brad Satterwhite, Thomas Times, Stephanie Whigham, Todd Wright When: Through Feb. 3 Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Tickets: $25-$52; http://paplayers.org or 650-329-0891
18 Jan 19
The Mercury News
“I do love ’Shakespeare in Love,’” said Doll Piccotto, who plays Queen Elizabeth in the play, which opens at Palo Alto Players on Saturday. “The thing I love the most about it is that, clearly, the people who wrote it made it a love letter to Shakespeare and theater.” Piccotto recalled seeing the movie, written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. “I was sitting there, being a Shakespeare nerd, and loving how many little Shakespeare jokes they worked into it. “’Give me to drink mandragora,’ and the bartender says, ‘Straight up?’ All the beautiful little side jokes. Some won’t get them, but for those who do, there is the recognition that sparks the love of the words.” The mandragora line is from “Antony and Cleopatra” — you knew that, right? — and the bartender’s line is the joke. Mandragora was the word, in Shakespeare’s time, for mandrake — a highly poisonous and perhaps magical plant (one well known to readers of the Harry Potter books). Marc Norman came up with the idea for the screenplay, over years of work. Tom Stoppard was brought in for a script polish, and the movie won all kinds of awards (there are those, me included, who think the best-movie Oscar it won should have gone to “Saving Private Ryan”). Then Lee Hall adapted it for the stage. Some people think the stage version is better than the movie. “I see it billed as a love story,” said April Culver, who plays Viola de Lesseps in the Players production, “which is fair, but I think it’s mostly a love story about the theater. … It’s about bringing the thing to life, finding that thing you love, and pursuing it, finding your truth. “It’s so lovely to be able to perform in a show that has some Shakespeare in it, especially a show that treats Shakespeare with such care.” Piccotto and Culver are both Shakespeare devotees from early ages. “My mom got me this book when I was 9, I think, by Charles Lamb,” said Culver. That would be “Tales from Shakespeare,” written by Charles and Mary Lamb in 1807. “I fell in love with the stories, loved that book, carried it everywhere. I told my mom I needed  acting classes, she enrolled me, and I’ve been doing it ever since. “The plot summaries in the book made great entry points to Shakespeare, especially for a really young kid. Then I started attempting to read full Shakespeare. I had annotated books and patient teachers. As I got older, the rhythm patterns, the care with which these verses were put together, the thought behind every word, captured me. It became part of who I was. “Shakespeare’s my heart.” Culver and Piccotto met at Silicon Valley Shakespeare, where both have performed quite a bit, and where Piccotto is resident dramaturg. “Doll, she’s a force, amazing,” said Culver “I idolize her. She’s a beast. She crushes it.” True, that. In 2013, I reviewed Piccotto as Caliban in “The Tempest” at The Pear in Mountain View:  “… she is fabulous in the role. Her big eyes peering out suspiciously, with anger, fear and bitterness, from under a messy, dirt-covered face that befits a primitive creature who lives in a cave. … She really brings both the comedy and the pathos.” “I loved my little box!” said Piccotto of that Caliban cave, which was under the raised stage at the old Pear building. “Shakespeare in Love” is Piccotto’s third turn as Queen Elizabeth, although she only took the role once in an actual play by Shakespeare. That was “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” in “about 2000,” at Northside Theatre in San Jose. “I wrote some little dialogue for between scenes,” Piccotto said, “little interludes. I got to sit in the audience and watch the show while it was being performed.” She was also Queen Elizabeth in “The Beard of Avon” at The Pear, in 2016. She was excellent in an uneven production. The real Queen Elizabeth, who lived from 1533 to 1603, was “an amazing woman,” said Piccotto, “a master of marketing. At a time when men were held superior to woman, how does a woman create herself to rule men who believe she is inferior? She created herself to be a woman, but more than a woman. ‘I may have the body of weak and frail woman … but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England at that.’ “I admire her. For a woman at that time to be able to rule at a golden age of England, with everything going against her, all the political intrigue, by creating herself as the virgin queen, that meant no man could ever have dominion over her.” Culver’s looks (milk-and-cream complexion, blue eyes, red hair), as well as her talent and her love of Shakespeare, make her an ideal person to play the ingénue role in “Shakespeare in Love.” And it’s a great role, built for comedy and romance, with layers of political intrigue. Viola de Lesseps has been promised, by her father, to a man she doesn’t want to marry. What she wants is to perform on the stage — which is forbidden to women in Elizabeth’s England. So, she dresses up as a man, calls herself Thomas Kent, and auditions for Shakespeare, who is trying to write a play called “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter.” Over the course of the tale, which becomes a love story between Viola and Shakespeare, she not only helps him plot out his play and improve its title, but plays both Romeo and Juliet on stage. Big fun for Culver, to play all those roles. It’s her first time working with Palo Alto Players. “It’s wonderful,” said Culver. “It’s such a great team of people, a great team to work with. I’m so lucky to be in this process. “Lee Ann (Payne) does fantastic work. I love working with her. She puts so much care into everything. She makes sure the actors are comfortable and understand the text and are enjoying the process. Hers is finely crafted work — no small detail goes unattended to. There is logic behind every decision.” John Orr is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Email him at johnorr@regardingarts.com. Theater What: “Shakespeare in Love” By: Lee Hall, based on the movie by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Produced by: Palo Alto Players Directed by: Lee Ann Payne Featuring: Shawn Andrei, David Blackburn, Seton Chiang, Jeff Clarke, April Culver, Kyle Dayrit, Arturo Dirzo, Alex Draa, Kristin Hall, Mohamed Ismail, Drew Benjamin Jones, Melinda Marks, Jessica Maxey, Joey McDaniel, David Paigen, Gwyneth Price Panos, Doll Piccotto, Brad Satterwhite, Thomas Times, Stephanie Whigham, Todd Wright When: Through Feb. 3 Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Tickets: $25-$52; http://paplayers.org or 650-329-0891
13 Jan 19
Sufficient Living

Mega eTextbooks release thread (part-15)! Find your textbooks here between $5-$25 🙂 Kindly note that the price range mentioned above is only for the books in the megathread list. Any requested books unavailable in the list can cost more, so please do not make any wrong assumptions. If you find your book in the thread […]

24 Dec 18
Sufficient Living

Mega eTextbooks release thread (part-15)! Find your textbooks here between $5-$25 🙂 Kindly note that the price range mentioned above is only for the books in the megathread list. Any requested books unavailable in the list can cost more, so please do not make any wrong assumptions. If you find your book in the thread […]

28 Nov 18
Katya Hrichak

Twenty-six Cornell graduate students have won more than $42,000 in fall 2018 Research Travel Grants, which provide students up to $2,000 to conduct thesis or dissertation research away from campus. In a typical year, 70 to 80 students receive these competitive grants from the Graduate School. More grant winners will be announced in the spring. […]

08 Oct 18
www.soyhostelero.com

Se ha publicado la lista de “The Best Chef Awards 2018” donde se premia a los/as 300 mejores cocineros/as del Mundo. Entre ellos aparecen parte de los grandes Chefs de nuestro país, siendo el primero a nivel mundial Joan Roca de El Celler de Can Roca.

30 Sep 18
Hayley Carlisle

I’m sure most of you have noticed by now from my Insta posts, but I am a sucker for black jeans! I swear they go with absolutely anything, in any season, for any style! I could probably put any top I own with a pair of black jeans and it would look amazing because they […]

15 Sep 18
Arcynewsy

Three weeks before the opening of the Youth Synod, the Vatican published a complete list of participants on Saturday 15 September Saturday, September 15th, the Holy See published the complete list of participants in the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will take place from October 3 to 28 at the Vatican […]

15 Sep 18
Nouvelles Du Monde

Trois semaines avant l’ouverture du synode de la jeunesse, le Vatican a publié une liste complète des participants le samedi 15 septembre Samedi 15 septembre, le Saint-Siège a rendu publique la liste complète des participants à la XVe Assemblée générale du Synode des évêques qui se tiendra du 3 au 28 octobre au Vatican sur […]

11 Sep 18
Freedom Is Just Another Word...

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11 Sep 18

prevention of discontent

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11 Sep 18
Heavy.com

September 11th, 2001 is a date our nation will never forget. Read on for the timeline on the 911 attacks.