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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Latest shiznit in da LBC: (sorry, I'm listening to "Ain't Nothin' but a G Thang" by Snoop and Dre right now, feeling like a LOC'd out nigga going crazy)

I'm co-directing a children's production. The play is called "Wonderland!". An adaptation of Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass, with some surprisingly complicated songs. Country-fried Southern Gospel, honky-tonk, bluegrass... which makes casting a B. I. Itch.

Now, I'm calling what I'm doing co-directing. The way I see it is this: I defer to the other director in terms of vision, but I will coach actors, do MINOR choreography and block scenes. Towards the end, I'll probably take over, since Liz (the other director) has a daughter graduating from high school, and, apparently, things like that take planning.

Another thing that complicates casting is that it's not so much who we cast, but who we cast with whom. Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum are kind of like the groundhogs in Looney Tunes. I don't remember their names, but they are very polite with each other. (After you. No, after you. Oh, you're too kind!) There's also a character named Hatta who channels the spirit, but not the mannerisms, of all the Marx Brothers. The silliness and wordplay of Groucho, the pantomime and absurdity of Harpo, and strange logic of Chico.

(odd song segue: Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day" into "The Galaxy Song" by Monty Python into "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" by Ministry)

Plus, there are two actresses, equally talented, who would be perfect for Alice. The thing is, they know they're good. So, we have to make political decisions in the casting...

(The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" into "Helter Skelter")

Roman Polanski is up for an Oscar. He'll be arrested if he shows up in America. Is it time to let the past be the past? Nope.

1) He fled the country after being convicted for having sex with a minor, but prior to sentencing.
2) While he did direct Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, he also directed Pirates, which he has never apologized for.

Comments by: YACCS