Is anyone going to talk about how Will is literally a Boss™?

-Stands up to Ice Bear KING to stop the destruction of a town and succeeds

-Keeps his cool while being chased by a psychopathic angel and a murderous golden monkey dæmon

-When a group of fifty or more children of different ages chase him ( they have GUNS) and Lyra into a temple he CUTS the stairs leading up to them with the subtle knife and the stairs collapse under the weight. When a few get up there anyway and a boy approaches him he’s 100% ready to brawl

-Earlier when the same kids were about to kill a cat he stepped in, stopped them and almost fought the guy leading the group of children

-He fights a fully grown man, ends up loosing two fingers in the process and wins the subtle knife

-He finds his dad in the dark and fights him until he realizes who he is

-He beats the shit out of the kids harassing his mother when she walked out of the house scantily clothed and didn’t know what she was doing

-He accidentally killed one of the men that stalked him and his mother by knocking him over causing him to fall onto a table and crack his skull

-After all this, he admits that he doesn’t even like being violent and only fights because he’s forced to

-He’s only 12 at the time

Character aesthetics
His Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman [2/?]: Will Parry

“You said I was a warrior. You told me that was my nature, and I shouldn’t argue with it. Father, you were wrong. I fought because I had to. I can’t choose my nature, but I can choose what I do. And I will choose, because now I’m free.”


backstory + will parry

Will  was the son of John Parry, an explorer, and of Elaine Parry, a woman who suffered from apparent mental problems including obsessive-compulsive disorder and paranoia. Will failed to remember his father, a former Royal Marine, who had not been heard of since he vanished on an expedition to the Arctic, and who we later learn had wandered into another world and was unable to find his way back.

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I love how the extended backstories in the Dear White People allow the new actors to make the characters complex and distinctive.


Big River at the Wells Fargo Pavillion

Starring Ben Fankhauser, Phillip Boykin, Rich Herbert, Lizzie Klemperer, James Michael Lambert, Mary Jo Mecca, William Parry, Angelina Sark, Jeff Skowron, Jennifer Leigh Warren, and others.

Stephen Sondheim - YouTube Pro-Shots

A Little Night Music  (New York City Opera 1990 with George Lee Andrews, Sally Ann Howes, Maureen Moore, Michael Maguire, Regina Resnick, Kevin Anderson, Beverly Lambert, Susan Terry and Danielle Fredland)

Full show


Company (2011 New York Philharmonic Concert Pro-Shot with Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Katie Finneran, Patti LuPone and Jon Cryer

Full show


Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleeson and Kim Crosby)

Full show


Pacific Overtures (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Mako (in the lead role as the Reciter), Soon-Teck Oh, Yuki Shimoda, Sab Shimono, Isao Sato, Alvin Ing, Ernest Harada, James Dybas, Mark Hsu Syers, Patrick Kinser-Lau, Ernest Abuba, Larry Hama, Jae Woo Lee, Freddy Mao, Tom Matsusaka, Conrad Yama, Timm Fujii, Haruki Fujimoto, Freda Foh Shen and Gedde Watanabe)

Full show


Passion (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea, Gregg Edelman, Tom Aldredge, Francis Ruivivar, Marcus Olson, William Parry, T. J. Meyer, John Antony, Donna Murphy, Andy Umberger, Linda Balgord, Christopher Peccaro and Colleen Fitzpatrick

Full show

Full show with commentary


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In Concert (2001 Pro-Shot with George Hearn, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Timothy Nolen, Davis Gaines, Lisa Vroman, Victoria Clark , John Aler and Stanford Olsen)

Full show


Sunday In The Park With George (Original Broadway Cast Pro-Shot with Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Bryne, Judith Moore, Brent Spiner, Charles Kimbrough, Dana Ivey, Robert Westenberg, William Parry, Cris Groenendaal, Nancy Opel, Mary D'Arcy, Danielle Ferland, Melanie Vaughan, John Jellison, Kurt Knudson, Sue Anne Gershenson and Michele Rigan)

Full show


Sondheim at 80 - BBC Proms (2010 with Bryn Terfel, Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale, Dame Judi Dench, Julian Ovenden, Caroline O'Connor, Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell)

Full show


Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (2010 with Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Michael Cerveris, David Hyde Pierce, Joanna Gleason and Victoria Clark)

Full show


Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1992 with Kevin Anderson, George Lee Andrews, Ron Baker, BETTY, Harolyn Blackwell, Peter Blanchet, Boys Choir of Harlem, Betty Buckley, Patrick Cassidy, Glenn Close, Daisy Egan, Victor Garber, Jerry Hadley, Bill Irwin, Mark Jacoby, Michael Jeter, Madeline Kahn, Beverly Lambert, Jeanne Lehman, Dorothy Loudon, Patti LuPone, Carol Meyer, Liza Minnelli, Maureen Moore, Richard Munez, James Naughton, Caroline Page, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Bernadette Peters, Billy Stritch, Susan Terry, Bronwyn Thomas, The Tonics, Blythe Walker and Karen Ziemba)

Full show


If I find any more I will add them to the list!


And I know you hate your job, and you don’t have many friends. I know sometimes you feel a little uncoordinated, and you don’t feel as wonderful as everybody else, and feeling as alone and as separate as you feel you are… I love you.

Robin Williams as Parry in The Fisher King (1991)

10 Reasons why The Golden Compass trilogy is the best ever

1: Gay angels
2: Round female characters
4: Cliffhangers
5: Travel between worlds
7: Beautiful writing
8: Characters named Will (which every book needs)
9: Alien worlds where peoples souls live outside them
10: Anti-church everything

grumpyfaceurn  asked:

Is there any indication from a modern day perspective to what the girls' problems actually may have been? Psychosomatic issues or physical illness, anything like that?

Ok, long post time!

I’m a bit surprised no one’s written a book just on that subject, to be honest. There are dozens of ideas and theories, and in reality there were probably multiple causes working together and feeding off of each other (at least later, when dozens of people were involved).

At the time of the witchcraft diagnosis, the adults who were watching Betty and Abigail were firm in their belief that there was no medical cause - Reverend Hale specifically said that there was no chance either of them was epileptic, for instance, and it seems like there were probably a lot of medical treatments for various ailments being thrown around the parsonage early on. There were, of course, plenty of diseases that cause neurological symptoms that didn’t have real medical definitions yet or weren’t understood. The most common ones talked about are encephalitis, lyme disease, and ergot poisoning. Any of these could cause some of the symptoms, but not all, and they tend to get thrown around as quick and easy answers while ignoring the complexity of the situation (much like what happened during the trials, actually). 

Ergot in particular gets talked about a lot because it’s sort of the “fun” diagnosis. It’s a type of fungus that grows on certain types of grain, and can produce a terrible kind of food poisoning called convulsive ergotism, which effects the central nervous system as well as the stomach. It’s a powerful hallucinogenic and is actually the main ingredient in LSD. This does explain many of the girls’ symptoms. The problem is that this disease would have been widespread (because everyone was eating the same food) and deadly, and it was not. There is no medical reason why, for instance, the girls tended to be well-behaved and calm until adults came to watch them. Disease doesn’t need an audience.

Back then, if you couldn’t find a medical diagnosis for a disease, the ultimate answer was witchcraft. Nowadays when doctors can’t figure out what is happening to a group of sick people, the diagnosis is mass psychogenic disease, or mass hysteria, which is just as vague and frustrating. Essentially it’s psychosomatic - people who are emotionally vulnerable, often stressed and isolated teenage girls, become convinced that something terrible is going to happen to them, and then they react as if the threat were real. It’s like when someone mentions lice around you and then suddenly you get itchy and start to freak out. The last diagnosed case was last year, when a bunch of kids in South America thought they were possessed by the devil after playing that Charlie Charlie game. 

So you can combine that with the obvious stress these “bewitched” people were in, and it’s easy to see how someone could believe they were bewitched and start acting like it. First, just about everyone believed in witches. Even the people who thought the trials were a complete sham still believed in evil spirits and magical powers - to doubt the existence of witches implied that you doubted the existence of Satan, and therefore doubted the existence of God. So everyone involved (at the beginning) believed that possession and bewitchment was a real phenomenon that could happen to anyone, and that if, for instance, you tried fortune telling, you were asking for it.

Most of the bewitched people were also young-ish girls, who were isolated physically from the "modern” world back in England, and emotionally isolated because of their sex. Women and children were meant to be entirely submissive, and had no outlet to vent their frustration and anger with their bleak lives. Many of them were orphans, and others were refugees fleeing the Indian wars in Maine. Mercy Lewis, one of the most outspoken of the girls, was both, and it is entirely plausible that she and several others were suffering from PTSD, as they dragged visions of Indian devil worship into the mix. The ever-present threat of the war travelling down to Salem, and the presence of Indian slaves in town, would have exacerbated their issues. Mercy was also a servant, and she and the others often hinted at abuse at home as well. 

Also on the medical side, many of the complaints against witches featured bewitched people waking up in the middle of the night to witches sitting on top of them and preventing them from fighting back or crying for help. This is pretty classic sleep paralysis, and if you combine that kind of frightening experience with widespread hysteria, it’s easy to see how so many of these experiences happened.

Lastly, there were people involved who were deliberately acting. We know this because at least one girl admitted to throwing around accusations for “sport”, and because of the various signs of bewitchment that have no other explanation, like bite marks, pins stuck in the body, and people being found tied up. Some have suggested that a few of the girls may have been self-harming and using it to their advantage. I suppose some of the fraud could have been done subconsciously, but for the most part it seems clear that there was some very shady business happening as the trials progressed.

At the very beginning though, most people just think that the girls were stressed beyond belief and, thinking that their souls were in danger and that they could be bewitched at any time, they started to believe that it was actually happening. 

It’s Groundhog Day! Time to Put on That Costume (Again)
A team of dressers works in darkness to help the musical’s cast make 300 costume changes, fat suits and hats included.
By Scott Heller and Jolie Ruben

Nice article about all the costume changes the cast goes through.  Not very in depth, but nice to see costumers getting recognized.  (Though they don’t mention the hair/mu folks swapping hair & wigs.)

Those poor actors dancing in all that winter gear with sometimes another costume underneath.  Especially Vishal after “Philanthropy.”

Bonus Pic: Andy & Tim at a Tony Function today

One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?”

And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”