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Bucolic 

 byoo-KAH-lik 

1: of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral

2 a:relating to or typical of rural life

b: pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity : idyllic



We get bucolic from the Latin word bucolicus, which is ultimately from the Greek word boukolos, meaning "cowherd." When bucolic was first used in English as an adjective in the early 17th century, it meant "pastoral" in a narrow sense—that is, it referred to things related to shepherds or herdsmen and in particular to pastoral poetry. Later in the 19th century, it was applied more broadly to things rural or rustic. Bucolic has also been occasionally used as a noun meaning "a pastoral poem" or "a bucolic person."



Talisman

(TAL-is-man, -iz-) 

1. An object, such as a stone, believed to have occult powers to keep evil away and bring good fortune to its wearer.

2. Anything that has magical powers and brings miraculous effects.

From French or Spanish, from Arabic tilasm, from Greek telesma (consecration), from telein (to consecrate or complete), from telos (result). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, col, and accolade.




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Grimalkin 
Grih-MAWL-kin 
A domestic cat; especially an old female cat
In the opening scene of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, one of the three witches planning to meet with Macbeth suddenly announces, "I come, Graymalkin." The witch is responding to the summons of her familiar, or guardian spirit, which is embodied in the form of a cat. Shakespeare's graymalkin literally means "gray cat." The gray is of course the color; the malkin was a nickname for Matilda or Maud that came to be used in dialect as a general name for a cat—and sometimes a hare—and for an untidy woman as well. By the 1630s, graymalkin had been altered to the modern spelling grimalkin.


I made vegetable broth

I made vegetable broth yesterday by taking left over vegetables, toss them in a pot with some garlic and butter, heat and mix. Add ten cups of water or however much broth you want, boil, reduce and simmer for 45 minutes. I added three table spoons of organic soy sauce.



Interesting people


I'm getting old


Yep, green eggs and ham


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Interminable 
Having or seeming to have no end; especially: wearisomely protracted

The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." The word describes not only something without an actual end (or no end in sight, such as "interminable oceans"), but also events, such as tedious lectures, that drag on in such a way that they give no clear indication of ever wrapping up. Other relatives of interminable in English include terminate, determine, terminal, and exterminate.


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*** WOMEN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP: WAIT FOR IT BY LISA CARSTENS ***

The third of five video recordings of finalists for the WOMEN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP project has been posted here:


*** FREE THEATER IN NYC ***

WAITING FOR THE DAWN & SEPARATE LIVES SAME BLOOD
by Roger Parris
Directed by Ajene Washington
Mon, April 24, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Gertrude Jeanette’s Hadley Players 
in partnership with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theater Group
in association with the Salvation Army Corps
The Salvation Army Corps Community Center
540 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037


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Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.


*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***

The 2017 Rockford New Play Festival is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays. 
Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 2017. Each of the six playwrights will receive $150 and a link to a video recording of the reading. The 2017 New Play Festival Reading will also be broadcast live on Facebook. This year, we invite you to share a play inspired by the question: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, ‘Where Are You Going?’” We encourage you to be bold, passionate, and most importantly, yourself.

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Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our fifth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2018 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.

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Now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Playwright's Festival...
This year's theme... Smoke and Mirrors!
Plays must be: 
- Family friendly (no overt swearing or violence, or sexual themes)
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Smoke and Mirrors
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements, no musicals)
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

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*** PLAYWRIGHTS & PHILOSOPHERS ***

SENECA THE YOUNGER

Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes.


MEDEA

“Medea” is one of the best known of the tragedies of Roman playwright Seneca the Younger, completed around 50 CE or possibly earlier. It tells the story of the revenge of the enchantress Medea on her faithless husband Jason. Although it is generally agreed that Euripides’ earlier Greek version of the story (also called “Medea”) is superior in most respects, Seneca’s themes of bloodthirsty revenge and the supernatural were very influential in the revival of tragedy on the Renaissance stage, particularly French Neoclassical and Elizabethan English tragedy.

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Full text of MEDEA


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VOLTAIRE

François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.


ZAIRE

Zaïre (French pronunciation: ​[za.iʁ]; The Tragedy of Zara) is a five-act tragedy in verse by Voltaire. Written in only three weeks, it was given its first public performance on 13 August 1732 by the Comédie française in Paris. It was a great success with the Paris audiences and marked a turning away from tragedies caused by a fatal flaw in the protagonist's character to ones based on pathos. The tragic fate of its heroine is caused not through any fault of her own, but by the jealousy of her Muslim lover and the intolerance of her fellow Christians. Zaïre was notably revived in 1874 with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role, and it was the only one of Voltaire's plays to be performed by the Comédie française during the 20th century. The play was widely performed in Britain well into the 19th century in an English adaptation by Aaron Hill and was the inspiration for at least thirteen operas.

Full text of ZAIRE

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FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


WALLENSTEIN

In this drama Schiller addresses the decline of the famous general Albrecht von Wallenstein, basing it loosely on actual historical events during the Thirty Years' War. Wallenstein fails at the height of his power as successful commander-in-chief of the imperial army when he begins to rebel against his emperor, Ferdinand II. The action is set some 16 years after the start of the war, in the winter of 1633/1634 and begins in the Bohemian city of Pilsen, where Wallenstein is based with his troops. For the second and third acts of the third play the action moves to Eger, where Wallenstein has fled and where he was assassinated on 26 February 1634.


Full text of WALLENSTEIN (three plays)

THE CAMP OF WALLENSTEIN

THE PICCOLOMINI

THE DEATH OF WALLENSTEIN


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JEAN-PAUL SATRE

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.


THEATER REVIEW; 'No Exit,' Sartre's Version of Hell

''HELL is other people'' is the standard superficial explanation for the meaning of Jean-Paul Sartre's ''No Exit,'' now at Long Island Stage in Rockville Centre. This powerful one-act play, under the masterful direction of Clinton J. Atkinson, makes clear that Hell is not the bother of other people; it is other people who see us as we really are.

In Sartre's view, the decisions we make in life are recorded and stored behind the closed doors of our social veneer. Our character is comprised of myriad choices between good and evil made during our lifetime. In the last analysis, who we are is the sum total of all of our actions, as determined by our own free will.

''No Exit'' introduces us to three finished, fully formed souls in the process of facing who they ended up being.

A bellhop in a snappy white jacket with red trim and gold buttons walks on stage, followed by a tense, nervous man named Garcin. ''It's like this,'' Garcin says, forming the question as a statement. ''It's like this,'' the bellhop answers in a bored tone.

The ''it'' is Hell, and Garcin is quickly joined by Inez and Estelle, two women who are to be his roommates for eternity.

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Full text of NO EXIT
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