Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Ongoing Reading List

UPDATE: It is August 31st, 2013 and I have concluded this list.  I read 66 books and/or plays!  That's 44 plays, 13 fiction books, and 9 non-fiction books. I'm really pleased with what I accomplished this year.

Scroll below to see my original post and the title of every book/play I read in 12 months:

Last year, I was able to read for fun all over again.  That was my primary goal: to read for fun.  This year (Sept '12-Sept '13) I'm going to nuance my reading list a bit.  I am going to place an emphasis on plays, seeing as theatre is what I want to do in my career.  I won't limit myself to drama (if some novel or non-fiction grabs my attention I'm going to read that, too) but I am going to try to read as many plays as I can.  This will be an ongoing updated list of titles after I have finished reading them.

I have read:
1) Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre
2) The Crucible by Arthur Miller (actually re-read this one for pleasure two years after my American Drama course)
3) Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (A Memoir) by Deborah Feldman
4) The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman & Tectonic Theatre Project
5) The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
6) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
7) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
8) The History Boys by Alan Bennett
9) Kingfisher Days by Susan Coyne
10) Kim's Convenience by Ins Choi
11) The Edible Woman by Dave Carley (based on the novel by Margaret Atwood)
12) The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
13) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
14) The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
15) The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
16) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Gold
17) Call the Midwife: A true story of the East End in the 1950's by Jennifer Worth
18) The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
19) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
20) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
21) The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
22) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
23) Bat Boy: The Musical by Keyth Farley and Brian Flemming; music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
24) Zorba: a Musical by Joseph Stein; lyrics by Fred Ebb; music by John Kader
25) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
26) 'da Kink in my hair: voices of black womyn by trey anthony
27) Scratch by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
28) The Noam Chomsky Lectures: A Play by Daniel Brooks and Guillermo Verdecchia
29) Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper
30) Shakespeare's Dog by Rick Chafe, adapted from the novel by Leon Rooke
31) August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
32) Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
33) Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell
34) The Little Years by John Mighton
35) Bingo! by Daniel MacIvor
36) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  by Tom Stoppard
37) Tideline by Wajdi Mouawad
38) Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
39) The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes
40) Lambton Kent by Andre Alexis
41) The Palace of the End by Judith Thompson
42) Bone Cage by Catherine Banks
43) Rope's End by Douglas Bowie
44) Goodbye, Piccadilly! by Douglas Bowie
45) Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
46) Hysteria by Terry Johnson
47 Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
48) Othello by William Shakespeare
49) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
50) The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
51) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
52) Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
53) Noises Off by Michael Frayn
54) A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
55) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
56) The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
57) Memoirs by Pierre Eliot Trudeau
58) The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
59) Tribes by Nina Raine
60) London Road by Alecky Blythe, music by Adam Cork
61) It's Your Money: Becoming a Woman of Independent Means by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
62) Verbatim, Verbatim: Contemporary Documentary Theatre by Will Hammond and Dan Steward
63) Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
64) The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux by Gratien Gelinas
65) Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
66) The Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

What are some of your favourite plays?  Or do you have any suggestions for fiction or non-fiction?  I'd be interested to hear your recommendations!

Monday, 3 September 2012


After reading my very first post in this blog, I decided to do a reflective post on this past year.  It had lots of ups and lots of downs, but I think it has overall been a positive year.  Here's some of the things that I think are worth noting, and that I think can qualify as 'acheivements' for September 2011-September 2012.

*I received an Honours Specialization B.A. in English Language and Literature and a Certificate in Theatre Arts!

*I began my own theatre company: SEE Productions! 

*I produced, directed, marketed, and designed my very first theatrical production: Goodness by Michael Redhill, along the way meeting and getting to know so many amazing, talented, and unique people!

*I'm currently directing and producing my second theatrical production: Leo by Rosa Laborde.  I've met some new great people in this production, and have learned a lot about the horrors that Chile and the country's citizens have faced in the past 40 years.

*I acted in The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton, another English Department production, and again met many wonderful people!

*I lost a job, was unemployed for 2 months, then was hired and worked my first full-time job and stuck it out for 8 months (getting up at 5:30 or 6 AM every morning and working for 10 hours a day ... and let me tell you that from January to mid-March my schedule was rise at 5:30 AM, work 10 hours, rehearse until around 9:30 PM, go home to work on the show some more, and sleep on about 5-6 hours a night before having to do it again the next day).  I honestly don't know how I did it, but I DID!

*I started volunteering (something I have wanted to do for a long time but never had any time to spare) at Art for AIDS International. 

*I took my health into my own hands: having been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease, I met with a holistic nutritionist to change my diet and heal myself.  It hasn't been an easy road ... I've eliminated various inflammatory foods from my diet (i.e. wheat, dairy, soy, and corn) which, because of our culture's reliance on pre-packaged and processed foods, inevitably turn up in almost everything we eat.  As a result, I've had to make almost every meal and snack for myself from scratch, the exception being the odd vegan or gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free health foodstuff.  So far, I'm probably the healthiest I have ever been in my life (apart from the bit about having a disease), but I still am not able to re-integrate these foods back into my diet.  I've decided to look into taking medication in conjunction with my nutritional therapy so that I can hopefully start eating more normally again.

*After 4 years in English undergraduate courses, I was able to read for FUN!  Since last September I have read:
1) Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures
2) The Princess Bride
3) Slaughterhouse Five
4) The Unbearable Lightness of Being
5) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
6) Moab Is My Washpot
7) 100 Years of Solitude
8) Water for Elephants
9) Wide Sargasso Sea
10) A Complicated Kindness
11) Goodness (a million times over)
12) Leo (again, like a million times)
13) The Hunger Games Trilogy
14) Life of Pi
15) The Omnivore's Dilemma
16) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, part of the Flavia Deluce series
17) The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (another Deluce book)
18) Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
19) Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
20) Bridget Jones's Diary
21) Choke
22) The Handmaid's Tale
23) Oryx and Crake
24) The Blind Assassin
25) The Penelopiad
26) Blood Work: A Tale of Mystery and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
27) Fahrenheit 451
28) The Hobbit
29) Beatrice and Virgil
30) The Awakening
31) The Castle of Otranto
32) Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey
33) Coming Up For Air
34) The Turn of the Screw

I think I've forgotten a few, but that's a lot of books! 

Looking forward to the next year, I'm starting school again next week, starting a new show next week (Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont), hoping to get an interesting and fun work study position at the university (hopefully at CHRW), hopefully completing my 4 month internship abroad (I have my eye on Australia!), and getting healthier!