I start a lot of these posts with 'If you live in LA ...' but this one is open to everyone.
The Independent Shakespeare Company is awesome. (This is scientifically proven fact: awemeters placed in the audience have measured a significant increase in awe during their shows.) Aside from the amazing talent and conceptual brilliance, though, they are awesome because every summer they make classic theatre available to anyone who can make it to Griffith Park, no matter what their income level or theatre experience. Some people in the audience are global Shakespeare veterans, some have never seen live theatre at all before, never mind Shakespeare, but they all enjoy the shows and, uncommon in LA, meet each other.
As company founder/artistic director/crazy awesome director of Hamlet/Lady Macbeth Melissa puts it, they make these shows free and public because 'we believe these plays belong to everyone, and should be accessible to everyone.'
Aside from putting on the free shows themselves, the ISC does outreach to schools, holds a bilingual pre-show workshop for kids, hosts lectures, and promotes local arts groups by inviting them to perform before the shows start. All in all they are a 100% A+ genuinely public-spirited organization that makes LA a better place to be.
While the shows are free for you to attend, they aren't free to produce. They have to rent the space from the city and pay for applicable permits, security, utilities, equipment costs, and lawn reseeding at the end of the summer, as well as the costs associated with basic production. In their wonderfulness they believe that professional artists should be paid for their work, and their mostly-union cast and crew get health benefits and a decent wage. The company gets some grant money from arts foundations and city budgets, but as they have been going for ten years now people assume they're an institution and don't need the cash, so this is starting to dry up. It doesn't help, either, that California is the 49th state in the nation for arts funding, just ahead of Kansas which axed all arts grants last year. Most of their operating budget comes from audience donations at the summer shows, but they don't start getting that until after the run has started, and they need the production money now.
So they've got a Causevox campaign running, to get the summer season off the ground. (also, check out the donation gifts, they are cool.) Even small donations are gratefully received – it all adds up! If you've ever been inspired by great theatre, and would like others to share that experience who might not otherwise get the chance, please consider supporting these wonderful people. And if you're in LA this summer, drop by and see a show!
... And if philanthropy and celebration of our cultural heritage is insufficient motivation for you, then do it for me: this company and their shows are pretty much the only thing getting me through summers here in one sane and relatively happy piece.
If you guys haven't had the chance to listen to the BBC's late 80s-90s dramatizations of Sherlock Holmes stories, you are ABSOLUTELY missing out.
So far, this is my favorite of the Holmes' adaptations (past or present) because this Sherlock (as adapted by Bert Coules and played by the GENIUS Clive Merrison) has so much LIFE. I've never liked a Sherlock as much as I like this one: he's just the right balance of an asshole while being lovably batshit. It might have something to do with that maniacal laugh he's got. Also, his voice is just so....particular. It snakes into your head and can even give you goosebumps and holy crap, it's just SO. GOOD.
Also, Michael William's Dr Watson is just hystertical. I get a little annoyed (as I do with most Watsons) for being just a little too...well too much in awe of Holmes, but the notes of honest exasperation are great, and I can't wait to hear more. This dude was married for 30 years to Dame Judi Dench, and so he's awesome in my book. Audio Go has this on-sale right now.
Somehow, I knew this would happen. I'm dragging my emotionally wrecked self back to LJ because this is what I know, this is what I love, this is what I am still paying for (apparently). Tumblr is just a hive of...really negative stuff that I honestly don't want much to do with, so that's enough of that, thanks. In case you're curious, I am artbylexie over there. And theconsultingenabler for all the reblogging stuffs. Anyway.
Over ten years ago, I got my first LiveJournal account and I have continuously been blown away by the quality of the both fandoms and the friendships that can be formed here. I want to offer my sincere thanks to all the wonderful people on this site that have stuck with me through fandom wars, wank, general mockery, and full blown troll attacks (ahh...I love the smell of ban-set in the morning!). Also to all of you who have helped inspire a lot of the work (fanfics, icons, contests) that I’ve posted here over the years. You know who you are, you enablers. However, I will be moving on to another phase of my life and that means walking away from all of this. It was a BLAST while it lasted.
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