Saturay Feature: If We Were Having Coffee . . .

Unsplash by Justin Leibow
Unsplash by Justin Leibow

I’d tell you that it’s been a week of doing nothing too much but reading and being sick. On the bright side, Little Jedi has been with his dad this weekend, and Sam has been lots of help this week, and what I actually have isn’t contagious, so they aren’t in danger of catching it, and I haven’t needed to take care of him while I’ve been taking care of myself this week/weekend. That’s been nice, because I’ve been using the times when I’m not too heavily medicated to think as reading times, still prepping for comps. They’re still coming for me. The more heavily medicated times I’ve spent looking for Halloween costumes or arguing on the internet. Neither has proved entirely satisfactory an occupation, but they’ve both had their moments of charm.

Of course, they’ve both had their moments of being terribly un-charming, too. Like how many costumes for women (even the “scary” ones) seems to come sans-pants or with a tutu. Now I don’t really have anything against tutus or against women not wearing pants, but I’d like a little variety in my life. I like to wear pants. And there have of course been the “u’r so dum,” “you filthy feminist/liberal/insert-insulting-word-for-either-of-these-things” comments as I’ve been wandering throughout articles and comments sections that discuss the hacked celebrity photos, Louisiana’s recent marriage equality defeat, and the importance of defining consent.

I’m sure there’s connections between all of that, the costumes to the feminism, and they’re right there, but I’m still on some pharmaceuticals that don’t quite allow me to make all the leaps, and my coffee hasn’t really set in, either.

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I’d tell you that I’m recovering fairly well from the pneumonia, but I’m a little tired of being in the house. I’ve been here without leaving (other than the trip to the ER and picking up Little Jedi from school one afternoon) since last Friday, so it’s been just over a week now. I tend to get a little stir-crazy without being let out of the house. But I’m going back to work Monday afternoon, and that’s my 2 hour commute, so that’s probably soon enough that I’ll be out of the house for a while.

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Nina Boucicault (1904, original London stage production), Disney animation (1953), Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood (2003, Peter Pan), and Robbie Kay (2013, Once Upon a Time)

I’d tell you that I’m participating in the Stage-to-Screen blogathon coming up in October, and I’ll be writing about adaptations of Peter Pan. This means I should start on my post now. Or a month ago, really. Peter Pan is one of the most perplexing, vexing texts out there—partly because there are so many versions. I wrote my master’s thesis on Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Barrie’s precursor to the version that we’re more familiar with today. Peter was then an infant, and the story was a germ of what it would become on the stage and in the popular imagination. Barrie’s 1904 play brought us the more oft-rehearsed version of the story, and here we are still re-making it.

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Allison Williams, 2014

Just this week, for instance, the first still of the planned NBC live-production, featuring Allison Williams as Peter Pan, was released. It’s a little bizarre, but then again, these things generally are. Much has been made of the wardrobe, but I think it’s actually pretty sound. Fishnets are likely something Peter would have access to, and the traditional little green suit is still mostly intact. I suppose I’m fairly tolerant though, especially of Peter Pan adaptations, because they are so various and so extraordinary. It seems to be one of those stories that we’re able to use to re-map all kinds of things, from ideas about/challenges to domesticity and home to imperialism, manners, growing up, and gender/sexuality.

So be on the look-out, in mid-October, for me to be talking more about Peter Pan. And be on the look-out for other amazing posts in the blogathon. Special thanks go to Rachel’s Theatre Reviews and The Rosebud Cinema for creating and running something so fun.

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And for now, I’ve got some eating and coffee-finishing to do. Look for Silent Sunday here tomorrow and our regular features to start up again this week, including Top Ten Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, and the newly commissioned Thursday Thirteen!

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  1. If we were having coffee, I’d say that I’m really sorry you’re still under-the-weather. Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with and I suspect your week was a lot worse that you made it sound.

    I’d say that Hallowe’en has never been one of my favourites and I really don’t understand the whole dress-up thing, but if I did, I’d probably be the tutu-type. Sad, but true 🙂

    I’d say I hope you’re feeling a lot better and to (try-to) ignore the mean, nasty, ignorant things that people say when they are being mean and nasty and ignorant. I had my fair share of that this weekend and I’m having some difficulty washing the negativity off my skin. I wish you greater success than I’m having. In my mind, I’m thinking of all the brilliant things I wish I had thought to say but didn’t … because I’m an introvert and not confrontational.

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    1. It wasn’t a terribly week, honestly, but I had a lot of things to keep me busy here at home–lots of reading to do and lots of TV at my fingertips. And we caught it early, so I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home and take some meds rather than have a long illness and/or be hospitalized.

      And I think I enjoy Halloween so much because it’s not something I really got to do as a child. My parents are strict Southern Methodists, and they stopped celebrating Halloween before I was a kid. The most we ever did was go to a hay ride or a hot dog roasting/bonfire with friends. And that was fun, but it wasn’t the same as my friends who had decorations and costumes and all that jazz. Now I enjoy being grown up and getting to do that. 🙂

      Most of the negativity is gone, but it was just a weird week for that kind of thing. There were the nude photos that were stolen and all the hoopla that went with that, the gay marriage ruling here in Louisiana, and a few other things that spawned some nasty conversations. Ah well.

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  2. Oooh! I’m looking forward to your Peter Pan post — I’m taking on a handful of musicals for that one (Rent, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and a speculative-post for Into The Woods!)
    Good luck on the continued recovery!

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  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Pneumonia is no joke. I loved your upbeat attitude. I’d probably be moaning about being sick and stuck at home but you’re so happy with what you could do and upbeat about the upcoming drive on Monday. Thanks for taking the time to write this post and check in with us!

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    1. Thanks! I swear I’m not actually as upbeat as I sound on the computer. I’m a lot grumpier, especially about that drive. But I do at least get to leave the house this week, and a bonus!

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    1. Thanks! In general, I go easy on Halloween, but this year we’re sans-Little Jedi during the holiday, and it falls on a Friday, so I just can’t miss the chance to do Halloween on a weekend here in NOLA.

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