Sunday, February 7, 2010

Phade Up

In 2009-2010, I wrote a blog while assistant directing on Carey Perloff's production of Racine's Phèdre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the American Conservatory Theater.

[April 2023 update: Huge thanks to Sean Sollé for reviving the original site!] 

Here are my favourite posts from Phade Up

Farouche: Phedre and the Half-Blood Prince 
This one's a threefer. Originally three blog-posts long, and with lots of pictures, but it does manage to tie ostrich feathers to tall sharpened stakes and still make sense at the end.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Trezene 
Anyone who's ever vented their spleen on the leaves of a myrtle will be able to relate.

Need to Know
For the fanboys and girls.

Clouds from Both Sides 
Translation fun with BabelFish.

Alexandrine in Five Times 
Wondering how Hippolytus would sound spilling his guts to Aricie in the language of love? Contains not one but two clips of Phèdre in the original French - one from 2003, and one circa 1968, complete with jaguar skin!

Shock Absorbers 
On Squeamishness.

And a two-part look at a parallel story from Scripture, full of sex, lies and video of Donny Osmond:
Hell Hath No Fury like Potiphar's Wife and When Love Gives You Lemons.