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Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars: “love, and a bit with a dog” specifically Jasper in 'Two Gentlemen of Sonoma'tinyurl.com/96cfsel
Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars: Shakespeare's quick wit at Petaluma's Adobe State Historic Park
BY KATIE WATTS,
FOR THE ARGUS-COURIER
Thursday, August 16, 2012
What: William Shakespeare's "tTwoGentlemen of Verona" rendered as “Two Gentlemen of Verona Sonoma”
When: Weekends, Aug. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking (wine and food are available for purchase.) Play starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road
Details: sonomacommunitycenter.org. Warm clothing and blankets recommended.
Why, the Old Adobe, of course, built by Generalissimo Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in the 1830s. Now the building and its remaining acreage is a state park. It is also, for the next two weekends, an outdoor theater where Shakespeare's “Two Gentlemen of Verona Sonoma” is being presented.
As producer Philip Sales commented in his remarks to the opening night audience, “to the best of our knowledge, this is the first Shakespeare to be presented at the Old Adobe.” This reviewer hopes it won't be the last.
One of the splendid aspects of Shakespeare's plays is their infinite adaptability. Thus changing the location of the play from Italy's Verona and Milan to Napa and Petaluma; switching the time frame to 1846, just prior to the Bear Flag rebellion, and using Vallejo and Sacramento's Captain John Sutter as characters in the play-well, it all works.
“It is,” Sales said, “just a different way of looking at Shakespeare.” The play has been adapted to the location by director Lucas McClure, education manager at Marin Shakespeare Company.
Not only are patrons treated to Shakespeare al fresco, but the performances are a benefit, a fundraiser for Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park or, swiping a quote from the play, “making a virtue of necessity.”
The courtyard of the Old Adobe makes a good outdoor theater and the actors heed Hamlet's wise words, to “speak the speech … trippingly on the tongue.” Words are not rushed, and the beauty of the Bard's language comes through. Clearly these actors are not new to Shakespeare.
McClure and Sales have assembled a uniformly good cast. Particularly enjoyable are Aidan O'Reilly as Valentine and Jon Robin as Proteus, the “Two Gentlemen” of the title. And although all the diction was first-rate, Jocelynn Murphy's clear speech as Lucetta was excellent. Neal Fishman is to be commended for his hirsute channeling of Vallejo's muttonchops and David O'Connell played Sutter as a deliciously threatening bad boy.
“Two Gents” is one of Shakespeare's early plays, light and funny. The plot doesn't stand up to close examination, but so what? This is an enjoyable, fast-paced romp. “Two Gentlemen of Verona” according to theater manager Philip Henslowe in “Shakespeare in Love,” is the perfect play. It gives the audience what it wants, “love, and a bit with a dog.”
There is no better storyteller than Shakespeare, McClure writes in his program notes, “and laughter is the best medicine. We can only hope you enjoy our pseudo-historical-tragical-musical-comical cathartic journey here at Sonoma County's historic treasure that is the Petaluma Adobe.”
It plays two more weekends. It's rare that Petaluma has a chance to host The Bard, so don't miss this opportunity. Hie thee hence to the Old Adobe.
(Contact Katie Watts at email@example.com)
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Jasper came in as
Level 2: Chihuahua
Level 3: American Eskimo Dog
Level 4: Dachshund
I got a printout of each breed's behavior, health and personality summary, and also an "Ancestry Analysis Certificate" suitable for framing. Ed, who I got Jasper from, and others always said he wasn't "just" a Chihuahua because of his behavioral and anatomic differences, and I can really see the American Eskimo Dog (which, BTW, is neither American or Eskimo but another small species) in him.
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It costs $69.95 and I thought it was well worth it! I'm finding out more about each of his top two species now!
When we've been out-and-about with Jasper in the City, he's come along to even soigné restaurants like Sam's Grill in the Financial District, movies, Bloomingdales, you name it. He has a marvelous roll-about animal carrier that looks just like airplane carryon luggage, for which it is usually mistaken. While Jasper can be headstrong (that's why we have the term "dogged"), he is also obedient, if spoiled. In short, he's a trip!
I haven't had a dog since I was a kid, so if you have any tips, words of wisdom, or cautionary tales I welcome them.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010 Listen: Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony: KPFA Alcatraz Free Radio
Thousands of people gathered on Alcatraz Island to remember those who occupied the island in 1969 in a stand of resistance for Native American rights. Before first light, the ceremony began with Pomo traditional dancers. Maori are among those honoring the traditions and culture of their peoples. Before sunrise, live on KPFA Radio, Wounded Knee spoke of the Shellmound Walk and the need to protect the Shellmounds. Radley Davis offered a traditional song, with Doug Duncan and the Pomo Dancers. With more than 4,000 people gathered, children and family members of those who occupied Alcatraz shared memories. Fred Short spoke on honoring the traditions and recognizing the warriors who stood up against the oppression of the government. Clyde Bellecourt said at the time Alcatraz was occupied, in the late '60s and early '70s, nothing was being done to uplift the conditions of American Indian people. Speaking of the US colonizers, Bellecourt said this is the day of "Thanks-taking" for European immigrants to the US. "We're not minorities, we are sovereign nations," Bellecourt said. More at site:
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