Monday, March 27, 2006

The main reason for the lack of new posts on this blog, my dear handful of readers, is that I'm involved (as actor, co-director, musician, and setter-up of housing) in a production of The Threepenny Opera in a couple of weeks in Chicago. My friend Rick Burkhardt's new translation is politically urgent and hilarious, and the arrangement of Weill's score for a mere three instruments is sounding very good, if I do say so myself. If you're in Chicago, come see it!
Info is here.


  • At March 29, 2006 at 4:18 AM, Blogger JOT said…

    Hi Andy

    Best wishes for the Threepenny Opera project, wish I could be there! I'm going to try to have some thoughts about your 'scale' writing too. Scale sure does qualify as a 'complex word', and I'd never really thought about it, even tho I suffer (not particularly painfully) from psoriasis, which is a skin-scale 'condition'. The musical scale is not exactly irrelevant, and since you're working with Weill's music at the moment you will have noticed this lol. And there is 'scaling the peaks', and all the sublime thematic. So is there a human scale AND an inhuman scale?

    Incidentally, I hope the demo went well. Here in Britain there is so little popular support for the war that it is hard to get motivated to turn out for such things, and I write this with the appropriate feelings of guilt. We are, 'some day soon' or not too soon, nobody knows, gonna get us a new Prime Minister (our dear Gordon Brown), who ought not to be a George Bush Jr poodle on track record, but who has stayed entirely stumm on the War so far. In fact, it is WEIRD that nobody even thinks to ask him.

    I'd quite ENJOY meeting a Republican, some time. Ann is off to the Shakespearean Association of America in Philadelphia in a couple of weeks, and Republican Shakespeare Scholars are strangely non existent. Since both William F. Buckley and Francis Fukayama seem to have decided that the war is not exactly A Good Thing as it has gone, I guess putting together the intellectual case for it is, um, a Big Scale Challenge!

    You don't really have time to listen to these ramblings, but since sometimes people to get around to saying such things, I really enjoy your writing and if I can put it this way your project.

    I do hope MacHeath survives at the end of your production. Have you ever played around with the John Gay original?

    All the best


  • At March 30, 2006 at 5:18 AM, Blogger andy gricevich said…

    Not to fear; Mac goes free, and is in fact given a mansion in Colorado and made our ambassador to the United Nations for his work in setting fire to oil fields in Iraq and blaming it on "insurgents." Actually, the translation is largely more faithful to Brecht than most extant versions... and then these things get dropped into it.

    The John Gay is interesting, but my favorite discovery was digging up the Villon poems some of the songs are based on.

    Glad to hear you like "Scale." Music, mountains, and my own minor skin problems will certainly come into it.

    Demos were great, actually (which I don't often necessarily find to be the case, for all their virtues)--a bunch of really inspiring people in various cities I sang in over the war-anniversary weekend.

    I think some Republicans used to care about culture, but it seems pretty rare in the newer generations, who are all products of the contemporary career-preparation educational system...




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