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Re: “Speed Dreaming

Since I have not seen this production, I cannot comment directly on it but I was interested in Mr. Griset's complaint about the pacing. In 1912 as he was preparing to open his landmark production of THE WINTER'S TALE at the Savoy Theatre in London, director Harley Granville Barker wrote a note on the dressing room mirror of Cathleen Nesbitt, the actress playing Perdita. His note read, "Be swift, be swift, be not poetical." That production, and two others including a production of the DREAM that transferred to New York are widely credited with heralding the beginning of modern Shakespeare. Barker also commented about audiences, "They don't have to understand it with their ears, just their guts." Speed is crucially essential when playing Shakespeare (or any other Elizabethan or Jacobean texts for that matter) and has been for more than a century now. It is interesting that leading critics of the day were initially bewildered with the pace Barker's company played at when THE WINTER'S TALE opened in 1912...so in that respect, Mr. Griset is in good company...he's only a century late getting there.

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Posted by Rick on 07/02/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Firehouse‚Äôs Fireman Surfaces

How about the fireman gets restored and the board and pretend "artistic director" get taken out to the dumpster?

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Posted by Rick on 08/14/2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Sifting the Embers

So the interloper's comment that it is "business as usual" belies his previously stated desire to find a way to bring Carol back into the fold...With mentees like these who needs enemies...

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Posted by Rick on 02/13/2013 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Burning Down the House

I, Rick St. Peter, do resolve to not support the Firehouse Theatre Project in any way until the founding artistic director, Carol Androski Piersol is reinstated as artistic director, pending the dissolution of the current Board. I will not create work, nor be in the audience, nor donate in or in support of this space until this happens. If you are an artist (supporter, ticket-buyer, donor, student, technician, et al) please join with us in posting this.

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Posted by Rick on 01/16/2013 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Burning Down the House

So the board's idea of evolving the theatre to the "next level" is to hire an utterly unqualified individual to serve as managing director and then bring in an utterly unqualified individual to serve as the interim artistic director? And Carol lacks business sense? Whatevs...

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Posted by Rick on 01/15/2013 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Firehouse Smolders

Everytime you think this board cannot be more inept, they double down on the bungling...at this point, I wouldn't trust anything they say about anything. It seems the board members with a conscience did the right thing and resigned, leaving only a collection of apparent power mad ego maniacs unable or unwilling to admit they made a colossal blunder. One of these days someone is going to write an arts administration dissertation using FTP as a case study on how to destroy an organization from the inside. And by this point, I am willing to indict the managing director as a co-conspirator in incompetence...and people say absurdism as a theatrical style is dead, apparently it is alive and well amongst members of the FTP board, although like most people dealing with absurdism, they probably don't have the first clue about what it all means.

Rick St. Peter

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Posted by Rick on 01/05/2013 at 8:03 AM

Re: “No Piersol, No Peace

Oh Sad (and what a perfect anonymous moniker for you)...everytime I think to myself, "Boy I miss Richmond, it really seems to have changed in the years since I have been gone, I wonder what it would be like to go back?" I run across a post like yours and I am reminded of the wonderful (awful) "Richmond way." Carol is someone whose work you profess to admire and from the tone of your post, I daresay you even like her, maybe even consider her a friend...although if you are a donor, perhaps she is no more a friend to you than your gardner is but that is immaterial right now. You observe her in situations you find troubling, do you ask her about it? Do you say, "Carol, are you ok? You seem out of it and I really care about you....are you sure you are ok?" OF COURSE NOT!!! Because what would you then have to talk about at the next United Daughters of the Confederacy or Sons of Confederate Veterans meetings? Worry about her? Well fiddle dee dee...she's just the help...Oh hello there coffee cup!! Let me ask myself: "What would Robert E. Lee Do?" Would you say, "Oh, maybe she brought her coffee from somewhere else...." Or maybe "She must be drinking hot chocolate..." No, because "What would Jefferson Davis Do?" He would "nosily look into her coffee cup..." only to discover (GASP!!!!) "IT DID NOT CONTAIN COFFEE!!!!" OMG!!!! Should I ask her about it? Should I say, "Carol, is it a little early to be drinking?" (And forgive me for assuming you are discussing alcoholic drinks in your post, I may be obtuse and perhaps your suble as a sledgehammer accusations really mean something different) NO, because if you asked her, what would you discuss at the next Monument Ave HOA meeting??? That's not how we do things in Richmond, right? Why throw away a perfectly good piece of gossip? Why I am sure you spent weeks dining out on that, right..."Oh did I tell you what was in Carol Piersol's coffee cup?? Tres scandal!!" The only thing missing in your post to make it PERFECTLY Richmond was if you finished your final sentence with "Bell her heart...." Enjoy your gossip and bless your heart....Sad indeed....

Rick St. Peter

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Posted by Rick on 12/23/2012 at 2:48 PM

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