Saturday, January 25, 2014

Communist Rally

Never in my life did I think I would participate in a Russian Communist Rally*, especially in the state of the Wisconsin.  Funny what happens when you're playing trivia, especially with action questions.  We managed to gather about 60 people from across campus to join together and chant and sing in Russian in an attempt to overthrow (in jest) the Red, White & Blue party at Delt (a fraternity).  It was really amazing, actually.  Definitely the closest thing to a "real" protest that I've ever taken part in.

We even got yelled at by angry other parties (the frat guys), who yelled at us to get out of their house.  They even tore up the paper signs we brought with us.  On the plus side, we continued to chant "All power to the people" at them as we left the building.

*quick clarification: This was a joke protest.  We were joking and having fun- as often happens in college.  Especially during trivia.  There was a bit of confusion based on a Facebook post I made and I thought I'd clarify: While this protest looks incredible (which it was) it was FOR FUN.

Dem Phones

Guess where I'm at? Answering phones!! Too tired for Internet. 

And now it's Bronie hour. Jon's being all regal. It suits him well. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Some Moments from First Hours

I'm calling an early night in an effort to supply the team with some energy later in the contest. Overall a very thrilling first night. Here's a few highlights:
  • Totally got the 2nd question because the phone answer-er stuttered on Jeff  The whole living room just erupted.  We were also the only team to get it right.
  • "we got fuckin', like, feng shui right now"
  • "It's Ogre"
  • "They've got a fucking rolodex"
  • "We're on the improv team, we're ladies, you know how it goes"
  • Various other correct answers from guessing enough times (I got us into Ceasar from a weird Norwegian children's book, which was pretty exciting)
Looking forward to even more craziness to come! 


I just answered a trivia question WITHOUT USING A COMPUTER.  Still can't handle it.


Overseeing the start of the Great Midwest Trivia Contest. We're playing with Shrek Out of Ten 2: The Shrekoning.

Some quotes already:
  • We might vomit. 
  • We'll just cry in the money cup. 
  • Don't cry yet.  Yet.  Yet.
  • And general prostitution.
  • I have such an erection right now.
  • Well, my armpits are sweating, that's a female erection.
  • Is the answer "The Big Unit Jizzbot?" [yes, it was.  That's how cool this contest is.]

Great Midwest Trivia Contest

So, I feel like now is the good time to introduce my pocket gnome friend. He's still got a shaky sense of identity, but after his weekend, I hope he will be a bit more secure. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Trivia, it's an undeniably unique lawrence tradition.  It's the longest rinningn trivia contest, as it runs year round (on a technicality. The last years last question is next years first question) but it actively runs for 50 hours. This year Portia is a Trivia Master, which means she wrote questions and is announcing/running the radio broadcast of the event. Answers are phoned in (to volunteers on phone lines) and no one gets much sleep. 

This year the union street team is running out of comedy house, which is thankfully forcing  me to dive head first into this incredible tradition. 

Monday, January 20, 2014


So 1440 Theatre Carnival: Winter Edition, went really well (on the theatre side).  Unfortunately for you guys, I got distracted a lot and didn't end up blogging much at all. (sorry.)  The two shows ended up going great!  Portia and I did our customary scene change music (make up your own theme song as you go, Kronk style), and also did some vocal sound effects for the Spoop Troop show (a riff on Scooby Doo).  I even got to be a ghost, which is always a good time. We had Cloak filled to a respectable level and everyone enjoyed the shows!  I was exhausted afterwards, and have only today gotten back to 100% awake, even though I got more sleep this term than I did in the fall! Trivia should get interesting next weekend, because that's 50 hours of non-stop craziness, I'm not going to get much sleep.

On a completely unrelated note, I bought new pants.  I know, exciting, right?  I'm stupidly happy with them, because they actually fit.  I broke a pair over winter break and was all torn up about it (because it's really hard to find well fitting pants, nowadays).  But I came across a lovely pair of black skinny jean/pant things at Target.  It's been a long time since I bought something new (not thrifted) so I'm still very happy with myself.  And oddly proud.  Because I bought myself pants.  That fit.  And are comfortable.  I'm still really happy with them.

I also FINALLY got to see the first episode of Sherlock season 3.  It doesn't seem real.  I can't believe how pleased I am with how the writers dealt with the gap, and all the mustache comments.   Oh John's mustache.  How beautifully they mocked it.  Smashingly good work with all the facial hair that happened in that episode (see also, Anderson and Sherlock.  I won't spoil anything though).

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Director Meeting

Doing their readings before the actors show up! 

5AM Woodmans runs get intetesting

Portia and I were on food duty this morning so we had to run to the grocery store to get bagels and such. Lucky for us, it's open 24/7. Everything went smoothly enough until Portia dropped a glass soda bottle at check out. T felt like it happened in slow motion, and the result was not quite as disastrous as I thought it would be. 
But still pretty bad. Unfortunately for us, we bought frozen bagels, but that was quickly fixed with a microwave. Now were just waiting for the theatre to open so we can get the day going!

Friday, January 17, 2014

1440: Winter Edition

Getting ready for this years installment of the 1440 Theatre Carnival! 
I'm sitting at the sign up table waiting for peeps to show! Should be a fun time!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chapters of 2013

I think I've found a nice way to recap what's gone down this past year- The titles of the greatest stories/events of the year.  I can't believe how much happened this year, and I can't wait to see what's going to go down in 2014! It should be a good one!

Winter Term:
I spend my time flushing imaginary toilets: Doing Props/Sound for The Dumbwaiter
Why being a wiggles knock off was a bad idea: Bringing an improv team to the CITs in matching t-shirts
Do my dress robes make me look fat: Becoming Headmistress at the Yule Ball
He had parents and arms this morning: The creation of the Optimistic Feral Child
Road tripping for Waffle House: My spontaneous Florida spring break trip

My face hurts from smiling/ The devil plays a double necked guitar: Seeing The Book of Mormon

Spring Term:
Why do we have to hide the piano/ Someone give me the instant cat piss: Stage Managing Grey Gardens
That one time I hit on Jill Beck: Playing a pantaloon
Irish drinking games/ Ruining the moment: Running the fly loft for Plough and the Stars

Your nerd is showing put it away its scaring the children: Becoming a Trekkie
I’m in Minneapolis for the summer but I go to school in Wisconsin but I'm from Iowa
Starfleet, showtunes, and a little more ice cream: My summer motivation
Can we play the ukedelele: Bonding with my cousing Aaron
Group mooning/ Don't bring balloons into a women's prison: A week in Costa Rica
Things you shouldn't say to airport security: Leaving Costa Rica

Fall Term:
It won't fit in the door and I won't fit in the shower: Comedy House adventures
Dating a book is completely normal/ Too much Shakespeare in the pants: Fall term classes
I thought being a boy would be the easy part: Playing Rosalind in As You Like It
Four or five times/ Which video game we playing: Finishing a senior project
Closet man emerges: Living with people

Winter Break:
This theatre company has eight legs/I am my own dead cousin: The Greyfell expereince
I was born in a tweed jacket: Uncovering my career path as a professor
Controlling water fountains/ Wax selfies: A very Texas Christmas