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Sep. 5th, 2009

Robert Allen Zimmerman

Writer's Block: Top of the Charts

What's the most-played song in your music library?

"Waltzing's for Dreamers" - Richard Thompson

Mar. 8th, 2009

Robert Allen Zimmerman

Writer's Block: Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind

Have you ever met a celebrity in real life? Who was it and how did your paths cross?

Ian McKellen (Met several times at varying places in the Guthrie theatre in Minneapolis, at the time his "King Lear" was playing there)
Sylvester McCoy (He was the fool in that "Lear". Met him briefly after opening night)
Patrick Stewart (Met in New York, after a performance of "Macbeth" at BAM
Randall Duk Kim (On of APT's founders. Met in New York after he performed in "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway)
Eddie Izzard (Met in Chicago, after one of his "Stripped" shows)

Mar. 3rd, 2009

Robert Allen Zimmerman

Writer's Block: More Island Time

You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

"Complete Works": William Shakespeare
"All Quiet on the Western Front": Erich Maria Remarque
"Complete Works": Arthur Rimbaud
"Sweet Thursday": John Steinbeck
"On the Road": Jack Kerouac

Dec. 23rd, 2008

Robert Allen Zimmerman

Writer's Block: Top 10

It's the time of year for "10 Best" lists. What's on your personal 10 Best—events, movies, music, anything—list for 2008?


1. The Dark Knight
2. In Bruges
3. Man On Wire
4. Rachel Getting Married
5. Synecdoche, New York
6. Pageant
7. Song Sung Blue
8. Vicky Christina Barcelona
9. Milk
10.The Bank Job

Honourable Mentions: Reprise, Happy-Go-Lucky, Shine A Light

Still to see: Slumdog Millionare; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Wrestler

Dec. 11th, 2008

Quick & Dead Productions

...but the thrill we never known!

A reminder to ALL that Quick & Dead Productions will be debuting their second production, James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter", tonight through Saturday, at 7:00 P.M., at the Neighborhood House, of 29 S. Mills Street, in Madison.

Admission is a $5, suggested donation, and all proceeds go to benefiting the Neighborhood House.

For more info about Q&D, check us out at:


And read an article about us in 77 Square:

For any more info feel free to call us at: 608-225-0678

You know you'll be there. Or at least, I know I will.

Nov. 21st, 2008

Geoffrey Tennant

Traveling lady, stay a while, until the night is over...

Dear everyone who still actually uses Livejournal,

Quick & Dead Productions, the company which I and former LJ-goer Elizabeth Phan founded in August of 2007, and debuted earlier this year with their virgin-showing of "Hamlet", will, in less than three weeks, be performing its second show, that of James Goldman's illustrious "family" drama "The Lion in Winter". The cast is as follows:

Eleanor: Mya Kahler
Henry: Lukas Brasher-Fons
Alais: Sarah Arbaje
John: Maggie Schenk
Geoffrey: Andrew Bange
Richard: Alexander Brown
Philip: Alex Weeden

Performances are December 11-13, at 7:00 P.M., at the Neighborhood House, on 29 S. Mills St., in Madison. Tickets are $5, suggested donation, and this is a benefit for the Neighborhood House.

Join us for an evening of betrayal, revenge, hearts-broken, and Leonard Cohen...1183 A.D. style

Peace, tranquility, and goodwill,

Oct. 18th, 2008

Robert Allen Zimmerman

Writer's Block: Reconsidering Children's Books

Have you ever gone back and re-read a book you loved as a child only to find it incredibly disturbing now that you're an adult? Like The Giving Tree, for example: a terrifying tale of self-sacrifice or a reassuring story of maternal love?

A different version of the story:

"Hey Kid!"
"Oh, who are you?"
"They call me...The Giving Tree. He he he. You want a part of my body?"
"I don't know, my mom told me not to accept bodyparts from strangers."
"Aw, come on. Everyone else is doing. And, might I add, it's 100% organic, with no preservatives!"
"Well in that case..."

But unfortunately for the fibrous body-part-pushing plant, the young humans' greed drove him to slay his supplier, converting his carcass into a getaway car. Later, after he had evaded the po-po, he returned to sit in triumph upon the stump of his enemey.

A sad tale to be sure.

Sep. 30th, 2008

Robert Allen Zimmerman

More Lyric Guessing

Here's the game (you probably know it well). Put your audio player on shuffle and pick out a few lines from each of the first 20 songs. Post it, and see how many people can name! (Try not to be too obvious.)

1. ...on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

2. Seen a man standing over a dead dog, on a highway in a ditch

3. But she never lost her head, even when she was givin' head

4. For while the sinners sin, the children play

5. You know it's just your foolish pride

6. Handing tickets out for god

7. The beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad, so I had another for dessert

8. Hey white boy, you chasin' all women around

9. We learned more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school

10. No Hitler and no holocaust, no winter and no Santa Claus

11. Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine

12. Don't expect me to cry, for all the reasons you had to die

13. I hope you'll run into them, you who've been travelling so long

14. The bats are in the belfry, the dew is on the moor

15. On the train from Dublin up to Sandy Row

16. We take all kinds of pills to give us all kinds of thrills...

17. And I don't worry 'cause my wallets fat

18. Not touching the ground at all, and she's up above the yard

19. I was alright, for a while, I could smile, for a while

20. But I always thought that I'd see you baby, one more time again

May. 29th, 2008

Quick & Dead Productions

Now Pile Your Dust Upon the Q&D!

Merely a friendly reminder, that tonight, and for the next two, Quick and Dead Productions will be performing "Hamlet"; tonight at the Stoughton Village Players Theatre (on 225 E. Main Street in Stoughton), and Friday and Saturday night at the Neighborhood House (29 S. Mills Street, in Madison). Admission is a $5 suggested donation. All shows are at 7:00 P.M. Scroll down to my last post on this subject for more info.

You know you'll be there.

I will.

May. 1st, 2008

Quick & Dead Productions

Come all ye gallant heroes, along with me come fight

Well my friends, the time has come for me to announce the debut of Madison's newest theatre company: Quick & Dead Productions. An independent theatre troupe that specializes in classical works, particularly Shakespeare.

For their inaugural production, they will be producing one of the greatest plays ever written "Hamlet". I'm sure you all know it well.

They will be performing May 29-May 31.

Thursday's performance will be at the Stoughton Village Players Theatre, at 255 E. Main St, in Stoughton.

Friday and Saturday nights' will be at the Neighborhood House, at 29 S. Mills St, in Madison.

$5, suggested donation.

All shows are at 7:00 P.M.

For more information, see these websites:



So why am I plugging this random theatre company? Well, because I helped found it. Q&D was founded, last fall, by myself, and fellow LJ-goer, Elizabeth Phan. We are the producing manager, and artistic director, respectively. We shanghaied six other local actors into trying this experiment, and now we are less than a month away from performances. We've given everything we've got to bring this show to you; I do hope you'll come and see it.

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