July 10th, 2012

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Bridegroom - An American Love Story, A Documentary project in Los Angeles, CA

I saw this video and was so profoundly moved by it that I pledged money that I don't have (!) to support and back the project. Please can you watch the video, spread the word, and give as much money as you are able. THANK YOU.

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Photo credit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/452010736/bridegroom-an-american-love-story

Cut and pasted from the Kickstarter project website:

Why We Want to Make this Documentary

BRIDEGROOM, will tell the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death – of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized - is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, Shane made a video tribute to his greatest love entitled “It Could Happen To You." This film, posted on YouTube, has gotten over 2.7 million hits and inspired over 50 thousand e-mails and comments on YouTube and Facebook. The impact of Shane’s original film and the raw nerve it touched for so many, tells us this is an important story that needs to be told ... and told now.

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LATEST UPDATE: The filmmakers have raised the money they needed now and so the film will be made and shown in cinemas this autumn - HOORAY!
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Matt Smith announced as patron of National Youth Theatre, courtesy The Telegraph

Matt Smith with the NYT's Artistic Director Paul Roseby and the cast of the Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcome Ceremonies. Photo: Rajan Zaveri
Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9388599/Doctor-Whos-Matt-Smith-announced-as-patron-of-National-Youth-Theatre.html

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Matt Smith, Doctor Who star and ex member of the National Youth Theatre, is to become a patron of the charity

The Doctor Who actor trained with the National Youth Theatre as a teenager and this week visited rehearsals to surprise the 140-strong NYT cast as they put the final touches to their Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcome Ceremonies.

Smith joined the National Youth Theatre in 2002 and won critical acclaim for his performances as Thomas Beckett in their production of Murder in the Cathedral at London’s Southwark Cathedral and Basoon in The Master and Margarita at the Lyric Hammersmith.

On becoming a Patron, Smith said:
“I think from my experience the thing about the NYT is that you learn through practice. It completely transformed my life. No understatement. I’m proud to be part of it still and proud to be the organisation’s newest Patron, as I care very deeply about it.”

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Richard III @ Shakespeare's Globe: Get more out of it!

Photo credit: http://www.londontheatredirect.com/play/883/Richard-III-tickets.aspx

Cut and pasted from an email from the Globe:

Get underneath the text of Shakespeare’s arch-villain with Globe Education’s series of events exploring Richard III. Suitable for seasoned academics or anyone meeting this play in the theatre for the first time, these events offer a unique Globe insight.

Study Day: Saturday 28 July
Immerse yourself in the play with a day presented by leading experts and practitioners. Following an introductory lecture by Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex University) you can then choose between a seminar, or a workshop led by Globe actor Philip Cumbus.
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe Sackler Studios

Perspective: Rehearsing Richard : Friday 17 August
Tim Carroll, associate director of the Globe from 1999 to 2005, discusses his approach to directing this season’s production of Richard III, giving behind the scenes insights into the play.
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Setting the Scene
These introductory talks, supported by The Arden Shakespeare, are given by leading scholars supported by Globe actors.

For Richard III these will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday 17 July: Professor Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Tuesday 24 July: Professor Lois Potter (University of Delaware)
Tuesday 31 July: Professor Michael Cordner (University of York)
Thursday 9 August: Professor James Siemon (Boston University, Arden editor)
Thursday 23 August: Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Nancy W. Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe

Follow the link for the full details of all these events: