Posted in Home Town, It's Artistic/Creative, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries

#283 Memorize the name of the play “the Persecution and Assassination of

Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

When I saw this item, I wondered if this was truly a real play. It made sense that just memorizing the title would be quite the accomplishment and a great conversation starter. I happened to catch a post about a production of this play being performed last year (2017).

I knew I had to go see it. I didn’t really think anything about what it exactly was about until after I saw it live. The cast did a great job adding in modern elements (not sure if that is part of what the play is supposed to do). I really thought it funny they gave out “Make France Great Again” buttons.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

It is not your typical play, you walk in and become a part of the cast yourself. Here, I was handed a clipboard and guided by a “hospital attendant” to a chair. We became observers in a mental hospital where the warden was allowing the inmates to perform a play. It was also a kind of musical.

I’m grabbing the plot from Wikipedia:

Set in the historical Charenton Asylum, Marat/Sade is almost entirely a “play within a play”. The main story takes place on 13 July 1808, after the French Revolution; the play directed by the Marquis de Sade within the story takes place during the Revolution, in the middle of 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (which took place on 13 July 1793), then quickly brings the audience up to date (1808). The actors are the inmates of the asylum; the nurses and supervisors occasionally step in to restore order. The bourgeois director of the hospital, Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of the post-revolutionary government led by Napoleon, in place at the time of the production, and believes the play he has organised to be an endorsement of his patriotic views. His patients, however, have other ideas, and they make a habit of speaking lines he had attempted to suppress, or deviating entirely into personal opinion. They, as people who came out of the revolution no better than they went in, are not entirely pleased with the course of events as they occurred.

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photo credit: Harris Center/Three Stages at Folsom Lake College

In the end, we, the audience, become the inmates and the inmates the audience. It reminded me a lot of philosophical debates and talking about socialism. I used to enjoy those ponderings and had not realized that I had forgotten about it for so long. It was a little hard to follow the dialogue at times, but the gist of it was an argument between Sade and Marat on the factors of revolution, is really good to have for changing the class system and helping human suffering or does it just change who’s at top and who is at bottom. They also discuss if it’s good to have the revolution as a movement by everyone or just work one changing yourself.

I read more about the author being a German and he wrote this during the 1960’s which authors were delving into kind of abstract, bizarre, ways to talk about class struggles and socialism. And his picking the true life people of Jean-Paul Marat and the Marquis de Sade were a good choice. They were very interesting characters.

I wouldn’t mind going to see this play again, maybe catch some things that I didn’t this first time. I might even try to get friends to come with me. They might enjoy or end up asking what the heck?

have you seen this play? Or even heard about it?

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Posted in Requires Travel, Super Duper Easy

#391 make angels in the snow

The author also had this item listed at #1353 make a snow angel.

I know I’ve made snow angels in the snow as a kid, but writing this when I went in 2013 and got to go play in the snow like a kid again. Some friends and I went up to Lake Tahoe (area), California to go to sledding. It was a little overcast, but perfect snow weather. This was the first time I’ve gone to a sled park.

They had a couple of lifts for those that wanted to ski. But we walked over to the sled area. You then grab a big inter-tube and step onto a moving walkway (like those in airports). You line up to one of the lanes (they had them grooved out so no one would bump into each other) and slide down. Super fun and easy, since you don’t have to do to much work in walking in the snow up each time.

Snow sledding 1While there, I wanted to make a snow angel. We took a break from sledding and laid down on our tubes and chatted for a bit. I took this opportunity to walk over to an area that was packed down. Then I fell backwards into the snow and moved my arms and legs. When I got up, it didn’t really look like much of an angel, as you’ll see. But the point is, I made one since buying this book and can cross it off the list.

 

When is the last time you did something child like?

 

Posted in Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#1037 – Wear A Wig

wigI came across a photo of me as a kid wearing a wig. They must have been from my parents collection. Pretty funny to see and great to use to check off this item. I have a more recent photo wearing a wig for a themed party somewhere. I’ll have to add it here later.

Have you worn a wig? Did it make you look really different? Or was it a crazy looking one?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: April 2017

1711 Ably describe honky-tonk, ska, and high-lonesome
1723 Amaze your friends by memorizing all the US Vice Presidents
1722 Apprehend a drug lord
1725 Attend a Rave
1731 Be able to explain a hedge fund, risk arbitrage, and a mutual fund
1735 Be there when the drill hits a gusher
1738 Beat an incurable disease
1717 Devise your own definition of beauty
1729 Frame all your past and present business cards
1726 Gather a bunch of friends for a Halloween hayride
1713 Get a full-body tan
1724 Get Botox
1730 Hang mistletoe in August
1733 Hang out with a revolutionary
1714 Have your monograph published
1720 Have your own website
1739 Interview JD Salinger and ask him to tell you about his father, the butter and egg man
1727 Jet-ski in choppy waters
1732 Learn to communicate with animals
1736 Learn to love words like Nabokov
1737 Live within your means
1716 Make Donny Osmond serenade you with “Puppy Love
1715 Make the first string
1719 Portage a canoe
1728 Raise ants, bees, or worms
1734 Rappel
1721 Read a big, thick Russian novel
1740 Release balloons in church
1718 Spend a day watching the entire Rocky, Star Wars, or Friday the 13th collection
1712 Weave your way through the loopholes

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Requires Travel

#998 – Become Familiar With The Façade of Notre Dame de Paris

Before my college semester abroad studies began, we had the opportunity to go to a few other countries. (year 1998) One of the stops was Paris, France. I got to see several “things to see” while there. One of them being Notre Dame.Notre Dame Paris 1Unfortunately while I was there, they were working on the front of the cathedral.Notre Dame Paris 2I was able to walk in and take in the magnificence and feel of it all. There are plenty of times, I’ve walked into these old churches and just let it soak in. There really if a different feel to them then newer churches. I tend not to take many photos because it is more about the moment at that time then pretty settings. At the same time, how can you not take a photo? The craftsmanship and grandeur is something one won’t see again, unless you live there and go to the church for service.Notre Dame Paris 3Super glad that I got to see Notre Dame in person, and hopefully I can make it back to see the restored front. Also, need to finish reading that Victor Hugo novel someday.

Do you feel that difference in old churches?

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: April 2016

1362 Arrange a big gabfest
1369 Be entertained by a geisha
1351 Be on “The Real World #….”
1355 Build a snow fort
1358 Consider the lilies
1360 Daydream for a whole day
1359 Eat a one-pound box of Godiva in one sitting without a smidgen of guilt
1374 Embrace your gestalt
1378 Fly in a helicopter to the top of a mountain and hike back down
1364 Futz
1370 Gavel them into silence
1371 Genuflect and bow your head
1376 Get around, get off, get away, get ahead, and get together
1377 Giddap
1356 Go off a rope swing into a lake
1372 Have a private audience with the Pope or the queen
1368 Have pickled herring with farmer’s bread
1353 Make a snow angel
1354 Make a snowman
1379 Make hay while the sun shines
1365 Operate heavy machinery
1361 Shuffle like a croupier
1375 Sleep with a ghost in the room
1352 Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
1363 Tell fortunes
1373 Tip your hat to all the women in town
1366 Toast marshmallows
1380 Watch an egg hatch
1367 Wear suspenders, garters, and a bow tie
1357 Whistle back at construction workers

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: April 2015

1016 Administer last rites
0996 Annoy Imus and Howard Stern
0991 Bear witness
0998 Become familiar with the façade of Notre Dame de Paris
0993 Call Larry King’s show
1002 Change someone’s mind
0999 Contemplate beauty at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
1020 Convince your mom to get a mammogram
1006 Create a challenge course in your backyard
1011 Do it in the road
1003 Enjoy your Mother-in-law’s company
1019 Fall in love on a first date
1009 Go to a nightclub in drag
1007 Hang a tire swing from a tree
1012 Have passion for your work
1013 Leave a fifty in a blind person’s cup
1015 Let the phone ring
0994 Live in a trailer
1001 Mourn the dead at Auschwitz
1000 Pay your respects
1017 Practice sitting up straight
0992 Pretend you’re French
1008 Quote a rapper
1004 Relisten to the first cassette you ever bought
1014 Revel in raw sex
0995 Sign autographs
0997 Skip the gym and go shopping
1010 Use handcuffs
1018 Wear a kilt to a formal affair
1005 Write to your lover in code

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: April 2014

637 Attend a little league game
636 Be a die-hard fan
632 Be silent for a week
640 Bet with a bookie
649 Build a log cabin
658 Build the perfect fire
657 Buy a perfect tomato from a farm stand and eat it like an apple
635 Consort with cosmopolitans
659 Do some work for Habitat for Humanity
634 Flaunt it
633 Follow the yellow brick road
639 Have yourself paged at Madison Square Garden
648 Jam with the remaining Beatles
654 Keep a journal
647 Listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
650 Make pancakes
651 Name your body parts
656 Organize a potluck supper
642 Play badminton
641 Play croquet
643 Retire gracefully
631 Shed nonessentials
653 Sing your own rendition of “Fever”
652 Sip Jack Daniel’s
638 Take a cross-country train ride
645 Tend bar
646 Wheedle a press pass
655 Wine and dine someone who deserves it
660 Write a letter to your congressperson
644 Write an anonymous letter

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.

Posted in Monthly Checklists

Monthly List: April 2013

272 Clam with your feet
299 Compose a steamy love letter
292 Drive a bus
274 Forage (eat nothing but food grown in the wild) for one weekend
279 Give a rousing or moving speech
300 Give someone a pedicure
280 Go night-swimming in a light rain
275 Inspire someone
282 Learn a new word every day for a whole summer
273 Learn the names of ten plants that grow in the wild, and be able to identify them
278 Make a giant chocolate chip cookie
276 Meet, and really speak to, three genuine eccentrics
286 Memorize “Who’s On First?”
283 Memorize the name of the play “the Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”
271 Pick, then bob for apples
297 Pilot a Lear Jet
298 Plan an entire solo weekend
288 Question your faith
290 Question your lawyer
287 Question your sexuality
289 Question your values
291 Renew your vows
295 Ride a camel in the Negev Desert
294 Run the Boston Marathon
285 Scream as loud as you can
277 Send everyone you know a valentine
296 Sketch the ocean on a deserted beach
281 Watch a drive-in movie naked
284 Watch kittens being born
293 Write to an athlete, writer, celebrity, or political figure you particularly admire

Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley

This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.

I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.