Near the very backend of Heidi Schrek’s Creature we got to my favorite part. It’s when a character by the name of Juliana comes out after we had heard about her throughout the play. She comes out and steals the show particularly when she says “Now I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t believe in Hell. I have tried for many years, but with great agony I have finally set aside this belief. And what is so terrible, really, about this Hell? What is it that terrifies you really? The fires? The hot pokers? The animals chewing holes in our flesh? No, no. Sin itself is terrifying. If you had to choose between all the pains of this place they call “Hell” and Sin, I promise you that you would choose all that pain rather than Sin.” (73) That alone is what sold me on productions at LR.
I had tried to convince some friends to watch Creature with me but none of them would budge a bit. They probably would have if I told them it was worth a convocation but nonetheless they did not end up going to see the play with me or at all which is disappointing because they truly missed out on a good time. So when Our Town came around to being performed I had to make sure that at least one of them came with me.
Three people ended up coming with me to watch Our Town. We went on the last day that the play was being performed and sat in the middle. Just hoping for a good time. We ended up getting that with great performances from all of the actors, especially Reverend Weisner. Everytime he spoke everyone’s eyes were glued to him. Because I’ve enjoyed those two plays so much I will definitely be watching more plays performed at LR and I guess that’s one of the things I have gotten out of this english class.
Creature. By Heidi Schreck. Dir. Liz Bokhoven. Perf. Liz Bokhoven, Chase Fowler, Benjamin Thomas-Reid, Callie Cope, Milissia Koncelik, Corey Smith. LR Playmakers, Lenoir-Rhyne U., NC. 21 Sept. 2017.
Our Town. By Thornton Wilder. Dir. Lindsay Weitkamp. Perf. Andrew Weisner, Tom Townsend, Sophie Heller-Lee, Timothy Goldberg, Ariona Smith, Ashton Pesterfield, Jack Verner, Heather Osterer, Quentin Heller-Lee, Callie Cope, Sally Putzer, Chase Fowler, Sarah A. Nelson, Jovani Valdez, Amber Biecker, Derek Spencer, Milissia Koncelik, Mason Fowler, Brandon Lee, Clay James. LR Playmakers, Lenoir-Rhyne U., NC. 12 Nov. 2017.
Schreck, Heidi. Creature. Samuel French, 2011.
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town. 1938. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2003.
Junod, Tom.” Falling Man.” http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a48031/the-falling-man-tom-junod/, 9 Sept. 2016. Accessed 28 Nov. 2017. 9/11 was one of America’s worst tragedies ever; it was also one the most unifying things in America’s history too. One of the most memorable things to happen that day was people jumping out of the building so they would not get burned alive. The excerpt covers what they might have been thinking and who took the pictures.
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Crown Publishers, 2003. Published after years of research in 2003, Larson’s magnum opus is an intricate dual narrative centered on the 1893 World Fair. Focusing on Daniel Burnham’s efforts on keeping the fair to be completed on time while still living up to the otherworldly expectations it has and H. H. Holmes heinous murders with his infamous “castle.”
Lucas, Guy. “Loss of Unwelcome Burden Devastates Me.” guylucas.com/2017/10/05/percy/, 5 Oct. Accessed 28 Nov. 2017. Guy Lucas starts off by saying he never actually wanted a cat. From there he talks about how his wife found the cat and how he instantly knew she was going to keep the cat. After this Lucas succulently goes over why he fell in love with the cat and why the loss of it means so much to him even if he didn’t want the cat at all at first.
Schreck, Heidi. Creature. Samuel French, 2011. In 1373 Margery Kempe was born, some years later she saw the vision of Jesus Christ himself covered in purple robes. This is the story covered in Heidi Schreck’s Creature. A wonderfully done comedy about her struggles trying to be a saint and trials her sanity went through after childbirth.
Twenge, Jean. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/, Sept. 2017. Accessed 28 Nov. 2017. One of the biggest problems facing a youth now is whether or not they have a phone. They have become so ingrained in modern society that those without them are the oddity. Twenge tackles the ubiquitous nature of the cell phone in her article Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? And why the cellphone may be a very bad thing for people.
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town. 1938. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2003. Our Town is a play showcasing the “classic” american life, falling in love with the girl next door and getting married. In trying to show this Wilder uses never before seen tricks in his play that even today would be looked at as original. Using a handful of props to give the play a barebones feel, a wonderful narrator called “Stage Manager” who pushes the story forward as it unveils what makes it so special.
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Doubleday, 2016 Taking place in an alternate universe where the underground railroad consists of actual railroads underground. Following Cora, a runaway female, who goes through a traumatic journey in her quest for freedom. A surreal sci-fi novel masking itself as a historical novel with detailed paragraphs to make it feel all too real.