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Shady Shakespeare company is presenting “Othello” at Sanborn Park in Saratoga (see more information below). Written around 1600, “Othello” is a tragic love story that revolves around four central characters: Othello (Michael Wayne Rice), a Moorish general in the Venetian army, Desdemona (beautifully played by Anne Yumi Kobori), Iago, Othello’s ensign (Robert Campbell is superbly devlilish in the role), and Othello’s lieutenant, Cassio (Alex Draa).
Othello, a moor who is also lower in rank, is accused of alluring Christian Desdemona, a senator’s daughter, with his “cunning” and “foul charms”, and is asked a crucial question in the senate, “Did you by indirect and forced courses subdue and poison this young maid’s affections? Or came it by request and such fair question as soul to soul affordeth?” Othello succeeds in convincing the Senator that he did not lure beautiful Desdemon by “witchcraft” but instead their love was mutual and she was drawn to him and fell in love with him because of his sad and compelling stories as a general who fought many wars. “She lov’d me for the dangers I had pass’d, And I lov’d her that she did pity them”, he says.
Iago hates Othello for previously promoting Cassio, and is jealous of Cassio, and plots to get him drunk and then persuades dissolute stammering Roderigo to draw Cassio into a fight. (Special shoutout to Erik Browne for doing a fantastic job in his role as Roderigo). Othello blames Cassio for the disturbance and strips him of his rank. Cassio is distraught and mourns the blemish on his fine reputation and Iago says, “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.” But Cassio wants his reputation and rank restored and seeks the favor of Desdemona and implores her to persuade her husband on his behalf, to reinstate him.
Iago takes this as a perfect opportunity to persuade Othello to be watchful of Cassio and Desdemona and the seeds for suspicion are planted. Iago masterfully works to create proof of Desdemona and Cassio’s alliance and Othello’s suspicion is strengthened. Herein, where the “green-ey’d monster, jelousy” raises its ugly head that the beautiful story of Othello and Desdemona’s love sharply transforms into a disturbing tragedy that in the end, wreaks havoc and creates mayhem. Despite Othello’s ill treatment of Desdemona, she tells her maid, Emilia (Melissa Weinstein), “his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.”. And thus Othello who loves deeply, “not wisely, but too well”, sets himself on a path that defeats her life and ultimately breaks his heart. Director Dawn Monique Williams has done a fabulous job and also great kudos to Caitlyn Nichols (Stage Manager) and Jennie Rodriguez (Costume Designer). I call “Othello” a must-see performance of this theater season.
Shady Shakespeare Theater Company makes Shakespeare accessible and entertaining by maintaining the richness of the language while also making it less challenging to understand it by creating a beautiful historical context, with enticing consumes, beautiful staging, and through awesome performance by talented artists. Shady Shakespeare will be presenting “Othello” and “Pride and Prejudice” on alternate weekends at Sanborn Park in Saratoga, until August, 24. For tickets, go to www.shadyshakes.org.
This blog is part ii of series or 3 blogs. In part I, focused on “When NOT to Write A Blog” – http://bit.ly/13MqJFh. In this part II, I will focus on When to write a blog and what you gain from blogging, and in part III I will focus on “How to Market A Blog” and will be posting it in few days.
Top 10 reasons, you must start blogging.
No. 10 – You have ongoingly information to share that will resolve a pain point for consumers/ buyers/ sellers etc.
If you are knowledgeable about some technical aspects that could help people make better decisions for the products they want to buy, or regarding food choices, regarding their health etc. then you should blog. If you have technical information that can help people solve their technical challenges and you are able to demonstrate that effectively with step by step directions then you should blog. Similarly, if you have information about cars, cameras and more that can help people and you can clearly write about it then please consider writing a blog.
No. 9 – You absolutely cannot help yourself.
If your need for self-expression is so strong, you absolutely need to share, then you should become a blogger because this is an easiest medium to share your perspectives. For instance, one day early in the morning, I had put on some music and was dancing, rather vigorously and I bashed into my living room wall, and broke my toe. The pain was immediate and intense. I sat down and then crawled to my desk and with the support stood up and sat on the chair. Then I was thinking if I should call a friend, yell to wake up my daughter, hobble to get ice and through it all the humor of how it happened struck me. Instantly, I though of a poem http://bit.ly/XOemzn and I had to write it and post it on the blog. The urge to write and share a poem became stronger than the impending need to alleviate the pain and stop the swelling that was fast ballooning. You may not be world’s best writer, but if you must share then blog is the best medium J and you can ignore everything else said in part 1 about When NOT to write a blog.
No. 8 – Your urge to share your perspectives is consistent and frequent.
Sometimes, you see a wonderful movie and you want to share how absolutely delightful the movie was or you visit a gorgeous site and you want to share with others and tell them that they must visit the site and that may make you feel that you need to blog about it. For instance, I had to share about #lifeofpi – http://bit.ly/XizQZL or #BhaagMilkhaBhaag – http://bit.ly/1cUwG4o . However, if this only happened once in a while, then blog may not be the best medium. Or, you might be delighted but you may express it lamely in writing then writing may not be the best channel. But for the most part, if you are yearning to share your experience, then you should consider writing a blog.
No. 7 – Your access to materials worth sharing is frequent.
For instance, if you love to write movie reviews and want to blogg about it then you should be watching a lot of movies. If you want to write book reviews on your blog then you should be reading a lot of books; if you want to write about technology, then should be constantly accessing/ researching newer technologies and so on. I attend a lot of conferences and talks and write previews of upcoming talks or reviews of the events and talks at www.bio2devicegroup.org, www.eppicglobal.org, www.jpmorgan.com, www.tiecon.org and so on. I also love live theater and write a lot of play reviews and attend shows at www.theatreworks.org, www.cltc.org, www.sjrep.com, www.shadyshakes.org, www.naatak.org, www.thestage.org and so on. You might focus exclusively on sharing your own perspectives but share them with creativity and originality.
No. 6 – You are not targeting your friends to be your primary blog audience.
You have to target more broadly, outside of the circle of your friends. Even if you are a great blogger, all your friends will not have the same interests as you do. Although, your good friends will read, comment, give feedback, and will encourage you, so do share with your friends, but without pestering them, where they feel compelled to read your blog. I am forever indebted to my friends for bringing so much joy in my life that enables me to create a space for writing and here is my gratitude blog – http://bit.ly/ZaXuYj .
No. 5 – You have plans to market your blog.
I will write more on this in the last segment on how to market your blog. But remember that writing a blog is not like writing a diary. You want people to read and take interest in what you have to say. And only way people can do that is if they have access to what you have to say. As I have already said earlier, targeting your friends solely as your blog audience, is not a good strategy for long term health and vitality of your blog. (By the way, if you wish to follow me, my twitter handle is @DarshanaN and tweet the links to all my blogs).
No. 4 – You are actively accessing/ researching wide range of information.
One engaging discussion about some political topic and a perspective you want to share, may not make a good reason for starting a blog. Yes, people do that sometimes. But good blogs with wide viewership, come from bloggers who are doing wider research and share perspectives with more depth and value. For instance, I felt strongly about the declining status of education in the US and finally I put in time to do some research, before I wrote the blog – http://bit.ly/AwLq7G . You must enjoy reading and hearing different perspectives to be able to share your own thoughts effectively and authentically.
No. 3 – You are religious about not compromising on content and quality.
You can compromise on frequency but never on content. If you provide sloppy content, wrong facts, or poor quality material then eventually your readership will diminish and disappear. To keep up frequency, you can invite guest bloggers who can provide equally good content, as you.
No. 2 – You are not obsessive about privacy
Privacy violations are scary in the digital age. And we all need to take appropriate steps to protect our privacy. However, as I said earlier, if you want to reach a broader audience for your blog then you have to allow them a way to reach you. You need to decide the channel and the boundaries that work for you to manage your more visible public profile.
No. 1 – You want to focus on intentional living and self-development
It is my belief that blog writing gives clarity in thinking and brings greater intentionality and purposefulness to life. My writing has enabled me to pursue my disparate love for theater and for conferences on new technologies. I read books with greater focus, listen to speakers without ever falling asleep, and see little rhymes in life’s adversities and challenges. Writing a blog has helped me to prioritize my lifestyle, cut down activities that suck a great deal of time and bring little pleasure, and has enabled me to create more time, with minimal lifestyle. I credit my blog writing for enabling me to have a wonderfully engaged life, as an emptynester. I am generally a happy person but writing makes me happier. It is at once a social activity and yet a private activity. It helps you to retreat from people for some personal meditation space and it helps you to more meaningfully engage with the world.
So now go ahead and start your blog, give it a go, and in next part I will discuss how you can market it.