desire under the elms


“I was interested in the contrasting personalities of the two. Sophia is outgoing, serene, and cheerful. She has to play the role of a girl from a humble home in Naples who is making good in the sophisticated world of the Paris fashion houses. Well, Sophia knew poverty as a child in Naples and she is certainly a success in the sophisticated world of international picture making. Tony has a gentle boyish quality, which also contains the seeds of violence. I am trying to blend the gentle young man I directed in Goodbye Again with the dangerous quality he revealed in Psycho.”  - Anatole Litvak

Nurseydex & Acting Class

Eyoooooooooooooooo, the CP Resident Shakespeare Ho/Theater Major is back with more shamelessly using these characters as a means to talk about my major Nurseydex Antics!

As anyone who follows me knows by now, I’m a theater major. Dex and Nursey are comedy gold, and the thought of them working with any of the texts I’ve worked with is just DELIGHTFUL.

(Click here and here for my other Shakespeare Ho/theater major posts)

So without further ado!

  • Dex needs and art credit. Just one more fucking art credit. But his schedule is insane and there’s only one he can take this semester
  • it’s an acting class
  • He doesn’t want to do it. Mostly because his boyfriend will be I N S U F F E R A B L E
  • But he just wants to get this over with so he registers and just waits for Nursey to find out
  • Nursey is delighted. And registers for that class, too.
  • “YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER ART CREDIT, DEREK!” “Dude, you really think I’m gonna miss this?”
  • Dex doesn’t really know what to expect going in, but he definitely wasn’t expecting the prof (let’s call him Casey) to be this hot middle aged guy who dresses like Indiana Jones and lives in a cabin and recites Shakespeare to trees
  • (we’re talking Adventure Indy, not Professor Indy)
  • (what no I’m not basing him on my prof Kerry who is also currently directing me in Julius Caesar why would you think that)
  • Nursey and Casey hit it off because Casey is this great mix of Passionate and IDGAF and Nursey wants to be him when he grows up
  • Dex’s main reaction to him is “?????????” until he starts talking about his cabin in the woods and then they bond over Practical Shit like fixing window panes and Nature
  • (the rest under the cut because this always happens my posts are always long af)

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Vinnette Carroll was born in in New York City on March 11, 1922. She died November 5, 2002. She and her family moved to Jamaica when she was three and she spent much of her childhood there as well as in the West Indies.Carroll’s father encouraged his daughters to become physicians, and as a compromise, she chose psychology.She received a B.A. from Long Island University in 1944; and an M.A. from New York University in 1946, followed by her doctoral work in psychology at Columbia University.Prior to beginning her acting career, Ms Carroll worked as a clinical psychologist with the NYC Bureau of Child Guidance.

She left the field of psychology to study theater, and in 1948, she accepted a scholarship to attend Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research and studied with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Margaret Barker, and Susan Steele.

She the first African American woman to direct a Broadway Production, is the only African-American woman to receive a Tony nomination for Direction for which she received for the Production of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, which she also wrote.

Her directing Credits include:

  • But never Jam today
  • Desire under the Elms
  • Don't bother me, I cant Cope
  • The Prodigal Son
  • Black Nativity

She founded the Urban Arts Corps, a non-profit that was a member of the Black Theater Alliance and the Off-Off Broadway Alliance,community theater where, as artistic director, she was able to provide a professional workshop for aspiring young actors. With the help of CBS, she was able to stage productions through the Urban Arts Corps that include Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, and The Flies,