So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams,
That, as I am a Christian faithful man,
I would not spend another such a night,
Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days,
So full of dismal terror was the time!
(Richard III 1.4: 2-7)
The mopey-looking fellow in the foreground here is my dear friend Jeremy Worth, playing the doomed Duke of Clarence in the 2000 UWO Summer Shakespeare's production of Richard III. Some of you may remember him from various posts in the comments section of this blog, where he variously goes by Clarence or Jer ... and yes, he is (or his character here) is my cat's namesake. I got the little guy (the cat, not Jer) the summer I directed Richard, and in honour of that remarkable experience decided to name him after one of the characters from the play. I'd narrowed it down to Ratcliff, Catesby or Clarence ... but when I got him, he was a tiny whiny thing, and so Clarence it was.
Jer's responsible for the most oft-repeated phrase of the summer. At the beginning of his most famous speech, quoted above, the "Oh ..." at the start of the first sentence came out in this rolling, sonorous North London (England) timbre, which got affectionately picked up by the rest of the cast. At random intervals, backstage and during rehearsals and, well, any time cast members were together, you could pretty much guarantee hearing an "Aaaoooooooohhh ..." with a pronounced downward intonation pronounced by someone in the cast or crew. It's still sort of like a secret handshake for anyone who'd been in the show.
Anyway ... two big pieces of news down Jeremy-way! First, the little guy with the huge voice is getting married this summer. AND, he's been hired into a tenure-track position by the Department of French at the University of Windsor. So a great huge congratulations and shout-out from me & my blog.
ALSO ... on Canada Day, I just found out, yet another good friend of mine it tying the knot -- the tiny & perfect Emylene Aspilla, with whom I went through my undergrad at York with, is marrying her longtime boyfriend Roach (yes, Roach -- much tidier and better-looking than the name suggests). They've been living in SanFran these past few years, so it will be lovely to see them both before, on and after their big day.
Yet more evidence that we're all ostensibly growing up. Disturbing.