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Beowulf: The Ethereal Event

Tonight and tomorrow, lovers of spoken word, particularly of epic sagas, can enjoy a live, two-part performance of Beowulf on the East Kingdom’s YouTube channel. This is my first time participating in a live group performance event of this kind. (I have long wanted to, and generally scheduling conflicts and other priorities held sway. I’ll embrace the silver linings of our quarantine year as best I can.)

I’m incredibly excited to be part of an all-star lineup of phenomenal performers from around the Known World, including my teachers, Toki (who’s also directing) and Peregrine, as well as my former Laurel Zsof, my co-champion Grim, his Majesty Tindal of the East, and too many bardic friends to count.

Per the press release:

On November 14 and 15, Beowulf the Ethereal Event will present all of Beowulf, performed live on Zoom. Beowulf the Ethereal Event will feature the talents of 50 performers from 8 kingdoms: East, AEthelmearc, Atlantia, Ealdormere, Meridies, Midrealm, Northshield, and West. The performance being produced by artistic team from Beowulf the Event (East Kingdom, 2011), Beowulf the Roadshow (Pennsic 2011 & 2012), and Njal’s Saga (AEthelmearc, 2017). Beowulf the Ethereal Event will be livestreamed to the East Kingdom’s YouTube channel.

The entire epic will be split into two performances: Saturday night, Nov 14, starting at 7:30 pm; and Sunday afternoon, Nov 15, at 2 pm.

The poem tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who rescues the Danes by killing the monstrous Grendel. He goes on to kill Grendel’s mother, become king, and then—in his old age—must face a dragon. Throughout, he learns lessons about kingship, feud, and the dangers inherent in fighting monsterThe performance will be presented with the natural, organic backgrounds of our homes—bookshelves, workshops, home offices, kitchens, and living rooms. We will tell the story without stage magic, but instead will use the available medium to bring Beowulf into the homes of the audience. While the exact age of Beowulf is not known, the anonymously written poem is the earliest work of full-scale English literature. Beowulf consists of 3,182 lines of poetry. It takes three and a half hours to perform it in its entirety.

Contact Information: Toki Skáldagörvir: tokiredbeard@gmail.com

This is the latest in a series of fantastic live performances by the SCA’s performance community, which have recently included live streams of Henry V (gender-swapped) and Hamlet. This is not an easy time for anyone, but it’s a fascinating time for medievalist performers. Perhaps I’ll see you there.

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Players Night: “Drood”

I knew it was a privilege to get cast in a production with the Bergen County Players, but I didn’t fully understand it until I experienced my first Players Night. Allowing BCP members to attend the final dress rehearsal as a free or half-price performance creates a magical and supportive launch for opening weekend. Performing for a crowd that eager, that tuned in to what it means to make theater happen, was like an evening-long stage dive, being held and carried by a crowd that appreciated and loved every nuance of what we were doing. The energy was infectious, addictive, delightful. I’m so grateful that my wife and son got the chance to first experience this completed production as part of this audience, and I’m flattered beyond words to have been welcomed into this troupe.

(For those of you who haven’t purchased tickets yet: you should really consider it. This cast is perfect. We open tonight and we run for a month.)

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Opening weekend for “Drood”!

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Some of you will recall that I made a pledge to my wife to take some time away from bardic this year and get involved in a community theater production. That commitment is about to bear fruit. This Saturday (September 8), The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens with the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ, and I will be playing the role of John Jasper (the villain–but am I in fact the murderer?) Click here for show details (it runs every weekend through Saturday October 7), or if you wish to order tickets.

Returning to theater work has been a demanding but highly enjoyable experience, and this is probably the biggest role I’ve ever had in a musical. If you’re not far and would like to enjoy a funny evening of music and melodrama, tickets are $24 each.