Ok, so my dream would be to have the deck/yurt done by this fall so that we could go up to El Rancho for xmas. Farfetched at this point, but a girl can dream. But it got me to thinking - I would really like the yurt (hell, the whole ranch) to be tv/internet free. Sort of a west coast MHouse. But can I really take Mags up there and expect her to stay indoors and stay sane without plunking her down infront of the boob tube? Or us, for that matter?
Recently I re-watched "The Piano" with Holly Hunter. There's a scene in which all of the settlers get together at the church and put on a performance of King Lear, I believe. No, that's not right. Bluebeard? Is he the one who beheaded all his wives? Anyhow, that dead guy. At one point, they do a scene where the king - we'll call him Old Blue - is threatening to kill his current wife because she's found the heads of all the other wives. But the whole scene is done with shadows thrown on a sheet, a la Thai? Indian? shadow puppets. I was thinking it'd be cool to do some sort of shadow puppet show, maybe of fairy tales, or maybe a made up story. I'd definitely need to recruit some other insane soul, either to narrate or help drive the puppets (where's snolley when you need her?)
I think I'll go and cruise Amazon right now for a book on how to do shadow puppets!
And then of course do a performance at BMan.