Yarn Picks the Person Infinity Scarf

When deciding which knitting project to work on, sometimes I start with the pattern and sometimes I start with the yarn. When I found this chunky, variegated, green, wool yarn, I knew immediately who it was meant for. Using an easy rib pattern, I knit this infinity scarf as a holiday gift for my niece’s fiancé, Cherie. Looking forward the day when this pandemic is over and we can attend and celebrate the postponed wedding of she and Aline!

Want to know how talented Cherie, the stage manager for Hadestown, is? Click here to see all of her professional pursuits?

Happy holidays, hon!

 

A Week of Positives: Puppy Therapy

Bruno is a neighbor’s new puppy.

Duncan was adopted by our family friends. Shout out to Jeri and Mike!

Why do you think kitten and puppy videos are passed around like favorite recipes? Because cuteness is a salve for sore souls!

This summer, my kids and I have been tuned in to any mention of puppies. Details required! Not only do we ooh and ahh over photos, we want to know names, ages, breeds, and back stories.

My niece and her fiancé (shout out to Aline and Cherie!), who have been fostering puppies since the pandemic hit NYC, decided to adopt. Cherie is not only a Voice Over Artist and Photographer/Videographer, she’s a Stage Manager for the Broadway show Hadestown, so guess who she knows? Broadway actors! Mochi is now part of Aline and Cherie’s family, and Mochi’s sister Billie is now part of a very well known Broadway star’s family!

Congrats to Hadestown!

My kids attend concerts and Broadway shows and often ask, “Do you have any connections? Do you know anyone that can a) get us tickets, b) get us seats closer to the stage or c) get us backstage?!” Unfortunately, I don’t…

until Hadestown!

My niece’s girlfriend (shout out to Cherie) is the stage manager for the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical. Lucky us, not only did we see the show in April, Cherie invited us backstage. What a thrill! I learned three things on the Hadestown stage: 1) the stage is much smaller than it looks, 2) the ensemble dances on a very narrow perimeter of the “oil drum,” and 3) put me on a stage and I get an itch to belt out a tune (preferably to the empty theatre)!

As an epic poem, it is devoid of a firm setting in time or place, but Rachel Hauck’s set design evokes the spirit of a basement music hall in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with a pale green curved wall buttressed by tiered platforms for the seven-piece on-stage band, and centered by a winding wrought-iron staircase that leads to a balcony with shuttered doors.  The main playing space, a round-shaped floor below, features three concentric turntables where the story unfolds and literally moves.

Hadestown is a triumph of craft and imagination, boldly poetic, rousingly political, and vividly beautiful.

Bottom Line: Breathtaking and exquisitely crafted, Hadestown is easily the most tautly constructed and beautifully realized musical on this side of “Hamilton”—a riveting, heart-wrenching, and sumptuous folk opera that vibrantly renders some of mankind’s oldest and most enduring myths as an epic and compelling piece of modern musical theatre.  This musical triumph is a must-see. (Stage Left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

First time on a Broadway stage!

Hadestown borrows its plot from Greek mythology, merging the stories of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and Persephone to create one fluid and dynamic narrative on-stage. On the Hadestown official website, the musical is described as ‘a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Rachel Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.’

As the show warns the audience in its very first number, the story is a ‘sad song.’ According to GreekMythology.com, Orpheus is known as the ‘father of songs,’ and was a gifted singer, songwriter, and musician. As the story goes, he fell in love with Eurydice and after her death, descended into Hades in an attempt to retrieve her.

After successfully moving Hades and Persephone with his music, he was allowed to bring Eurydice back to Earth with him, so long as he did not look back at her until after they had safely returned to the sun. In the musical, Eurydice sells her soul to Hades for the promise of a ‘better life,’ and joins his brainwashed miners in Hadestown until Orpheus comes to her rescue.

In both the myth and the musical, Orpheus doubts that Eurydice is truly behind him on the journey, looks back at her in the final moments of their ascent and, in turn, loses her for good.  (heavy.com)