Thursday, May 22, 2014


Yesterday began with a group jog from the hotel through winding trails of Lithia Park. Steering clear of poison oak, we explored, befriended ducks, and saw a blue heron. The squirrels here are grey rather than brown, and everything is so clean. The people are friendly and the lack of tax makes everything better.

"The Tempest" was a more serious play than "A Wrinkle in Time", but still had moments of humor. Few props were used, and instead four men would pose as a table or a rock. Honestly they were my favorite characters; they did not speak, but moved slowly or rapidly with minimal movements to exaggerate the emotions and actions of other characters. We stayed after the show for a post discussion meeting, and learned about theatre and acting from one of the performers. Even more exciting was that we caught one of the actors outside and had a nice little conversation!

"The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" took everyone by surprise but was much more thought-provoking. Racism, political corruption, fractured marriage, and prostitution were all incorporated. What started as a hilarious comedy that drew tears of mirth, rapidly spiraled into a dark revelation of human nature.

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