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Questions courtesy of queue

1. Since I don't read your journal anymore or see you, what's going on in your life? Last I heard you were thinking of moving to the UK. Is that still happening? Yep, it's still happening. I am waiting for a document from Italy so that I can apply for Italian citizenship, thereby having employment authorization anywhere in the EEC. I will probably move in February whether I have my passport yet or not. I finally got fired from my job, so I should be able to collect unemployment until this whole visa situation gets sorted out and I'm able to work in the UK. In the meantime, I keep busy by playing rugby for the Charles River Football Club and by playing the role of Falstaff in Theater@First's production of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. And a week from Saturday, K and I will be celebrating six months together. (BTW, how was your trip to Iceland? You dropped me from your flist just before your trip, and I was interested in hearing how that went.)

2. Say you had to write a novel (insert whatever motivating factor would compel you to write a novel). What would it be about? I'm not sure I can answer this question, but I suspect I might not be able to answer it any better after the novel were written. The novel would draw upon my own personal experiences and would probably involve some meandering search for truth or meaning in life.

3. To you, what's the single most important quality in a romantic partner? How about in a friend? Why are these the same/different? I'm not sure there is a single most important quality, rather a subset of qualities that is most important. That said, if I had to pick one, I'd probably say "honesty," for both romance and friendship. After all, a romantic partner (not counting flings) is only a step removed from a friend — she is a friend plus more — and in both cases such a relationship should be built upon the trust engendered by open and honest communication between both parties.

4. Say you develop throat cancer and they have to do a throatectomy. You can now no longer talk or sing. How would this affect your life? How do you think you would deal with it emotionally? I don't even want to think about this. I think it's obvious that it would be devastating. Eventually I'd get back on my two feet and do something. I think I would still stay in the arts, perhaps even in music, in some fashion that would allow me to communicate in some other medium, such as scholarly writing, criticism, composition, conducting, etc. But I suppose the resentment would be strong enough that I might get out of the arts entirely, maybe explore computers or history as possible careers.

5. And one for me. Based on the bands I mentioned above and what you know about my personality, what band/album/recording would you recommend to me? I know Pink Floyd and Cake, but I only know one Violent Femmes song and don't know anything by Aqua, Blink-182, or Bloodhound Gang. I suspect, though, that you might like System of a Down. There is an edginess combined with solid harmonies, jagged rhythms, and a sense of fun that I think you might enjoy. Check out either Toxicity (which contains "Chop Suey") or Mesmerize, which I think are their two best albums.


As usual, if you want to ask me questions or have me interview you, just let me know in the comments.


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Oct. 13th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm always up for this one. Hit me!
Oct. 14th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
1. Why did you choose to direct, more generally, a Shakespeare comedy and, more specifically, The Merry Wives of Windsor?

2. How much do looking the part and having talent or experience factor into your decision to cast someone in a specific role? Say, if you had to choose between someone who really looked the part but was lacking in the talent department or someone who had oodles of talent and the skill to bring the character to life but looked nothing like the part, who would you choose? (The classic example in opera is Mimí in La Bohème: do you cast the waifish soprano who lacks the heft and vocal richness to sing the part well, or the 300-pound diva who could sing and act the socks off the role but would never in a million years convince anyone that she's dying of consumption?)

3. Describe your favorite meal ever. If you can't remember or don't have a favorite, then describe your ideal meal.

4. How did you and Jason meet? And has your mutual involvement in theater helped or hindered your relationship?

5. What would you do if I broke my neck in one of my last two rugby games and was unable to continue as Falstaff in the current production of MWoW?
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Oct. 14th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Because we all know that unofficially I've been a fruit most of my life!
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Nov. 2nd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry these took so long:

1. Which of your siblings do you think you're most like, and which do you think you're most unlike? Why?

2. Let's say some freak accident wiped out all the world's men but left things in such a state where women could mate and have offspring with each other. You were then forced to take a female mate to ensure the survival of your line. What kind of woman would you choose? (I.e., what's your type, if you were to date women?)

3. If you had to loose one of the following senses, which would it be and why: sight, hearing, touch, or taste/smell?

4. If you could change one thing about your current boyfriend, what would it be?

5. Who is your favorite classical composer after Chopin?
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Oct. 16th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
Patience, young Jedi! ;)
Oct. 14th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
1. Where else in Europe do you plan to visit when you live there?
2. If you had your choice of any stage, in any country, anywhere in the world, which one would make you happiest to sing on and why?
3. How much of the world have you seen, and how much more are you interested in visiting?
4. What, next to Opera, is you favorite genre of music? To sing? To listen to?
5. What are the most recent two books you've read?

And feel free to tag me, I enjoy these sorts of memes.
Oct. 14th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
1. Name all the places you have lived. Which was your favorite and why?

2. Everyone in theater is aware of the classic rift between cast and crew, yet you (or was it someone else?) came up with an interesting solution for minimizing that split. What was the thought process that led to the current system of requiring cast to be involved with the crew at work days?

3. If you could be any male historical figure, who would you be and why?

4. What languages do you speak? If you could be fluent in any one language you're not currently fluent in, which would you choose and why?

5. What is your favorite genre or author to read? Have you recently discovered any new authors you'd like to read more of?
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