The Endless Train Ride

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It’s been a jam packed two days since I last blogged. I leave tomorrow for Yale so we really were trying to get in as much New York fun as possible into a short amount of time, and boy did we!

Last night was super cool because we got to see one of my aunts in a play!! She was a cast member for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s production of “As You Like It”. (Yes, not park, but parking lot, it was in an actual parking lot, but don’t let that fool you the show was spectacular!) Plus my aunt actually made all of the sons tunes and sang for the show and they were really catchy!

I had completely forgotten that my school director’s favorite quote is from this show:

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

I kind of found it funny myself when all of a sudden I heard the first few words and then instinctively started saying as much as I knew. To be honest I don’t typically understand everything that goes on in one of Shakespeare’s shows, but I understand enough to enjoy them. This reminded me of a past post of mine “The Hitchhikers Guide to Design Thinking for Mice” because I talked about the idea of being able to empathize even though there is a communication gap. I feel like watching a Shakespeare play is often like working through a communication gap, but we are still able to empathize with the actors and understand the story enough which is kind of cool.

After the show we had another communication gap experience when our subway conductor didn’t mention that for some reason the train was going to skip a bunch of stops. Since the announcement wasn’t made, instead of getting off on 110th street, everyone got confused as we continued on to 157th street. At this point it was almost 1 am, so luckily I think we were so tired that we were able to just make jokes and laugh about being on the endless train ride that was headed for 100 and a millionth street and broadway at which you could take a jet to the moon.

Today was another great day full of fun events, and with more communication gaps. After getting a hair cut, (I hadn’t had mine cut since my mom cut it for locks for love so it wasn’t super even…) we were trying to find one of my favorite restaurants. The problem was that the one near us burnt down, and the second one was shut down I guess, but we had no idea. Luckily there was a few more and the third one we tried successfully was open.

Then we saw another play tonight (after also stopping at a giant Barnes and Noble where I got a bunch of great nerdy books). We actually saw the play that we will be doing at MVPS this winter- The 39 Steps. This show was absolutely fantastic and got me even more excited for drama to start back up!!! The show is all about miss communications because everyone thinks the main guy is a murderer when in fact he is trying to save the country from the true villain, thus he must run from the police to save his name and the country. The really cool thing is that all 100 characters (or so) are played by 4 people!!! It was crazy and the actors were fabulous at what they do.

Communication and storytelling is such an interesting thing, and when done well can be super powerful.

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