One of my favorite language observations in Ireland was noticing that when they say "thanks a million," there's a comma between the "thanks" and the "a million."
My mind is abuzz with plans for the play and for all the surrounding events I have in mind. Paul Mitri and I have each been writing grants, and we're hoping to get Susan Cannon Harris from Notre Dame to come out to do two lectures and a pre-show chat. She's a specialist in Irish drama, and knows Friel and the play well. I've also got an amazing panel of experts lined up for a pre-show discussion: Peter Hoffenberg (History), Laura Lyons (English), John Kearns (Classics), and Tammy Hailiopua Baker (Hawaiian Language). Plus I'm seeking funding for an audience guide to the play, with all of the above contributing.
Plus I have a lead on a fiddle player.
Plus I'm working with Jan Fried at KCC to have ASL translation EACH night.
Plus I've asked Jon Osorio to write an opening chant in Hawaiian.
I'm hoping to find a student to choreograph an Irish folk dance at the top of Act II.
thoughts, a million