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Monday, June 18, 2012

Midsummer Dream Fair Day 19: The Stage



(Today's guest post comes from Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of the Zellie Wells trilogy and the Day of Sacrifice series, among other works, and confirmed lover of the theater...)


"All the World's a Stage."

That was the motto of the Shakespearean flash mob that I was a member of in the summer of '96. We'd bust out soliliquies and loosely coordinated sword fights at the Food Court at the mall. Spout a little "Alas, poor Yorick" on the fringes of family reunion picnics in the park. We even managed to get invited to perform our IN YOUR FACE Shakespeare at a couple of faire's/hippie orgies where the number one selling alcoholic beverage was honey mead. Those were heady times.

But, alas poor US, people were more entertained by a mass Macarena in front of the Sbarro's than by a ragtag bunch of theatre majors rocking The Bard, Hot Dog on a Stick adjacent.

My time on the mean streets of Eugene, OR not withstanding, I do prefer watching plays, ballets, and operas take place on an actual stage. And since this is a blog post, and not an actual stage (don't know if you've noticed) I thought I'd post a few clips of actors, dancers, and singers using their space properly.

I know what you're thinking. Why doesn't she post clips of her performances that she won zero awards for? Well, the answer is simple.

They were all on VHS tapes that mysteriously burned in a trash can fire in 2000.

Hey, if you leave a comment you'll be entered to win a copy of the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus. It's a collection of six novelettes about another ragtag group - only this group consists of witches, angels, vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves - and how they all came together to kill their Gods.

Now, on with the SHOW...







Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice series, The Toilet Business - a collection of essays, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her poet husband and their two young children. For more information on Stacey and her books, please visit her website: http://staceywallacebenefiel.com

Giveaway!  Stacey is generously offering a paperback copy of the Day of Sacrifice complete series (US only, ebook if the winner is outside the US).


The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday.


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35 comments:

  1. Great post Stacey! I am so sad we missed out on the videos of you doing Shakespeare though. This trash can fire sounds very mysterious indeed...

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  2. I have read some of the Day of Sacrifice series and loved it. It would be awesome to win the omnibus and finish reading them.
    syndiasia at yahoo dot com

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  3. I have heard of the day of sacrifice series but I never got around to reading it
    Sylvia722@bresnan.net

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  4. I would LOVE to read this! It's on my most-wanted list.

    frenchcanadienne(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. That looks pretty cool really like the cove
    Shanklin3@bresnan.net

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  6. "What win I if I gain the thing I seek; a dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy?"
    Shakespeare rocks. I've always enjoyed reading his works, except when in high school when we were forced to. LOL
    Thanks for the chance to win this cool book.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  7. Would love to read this! Kelley1717 at gmail dot com

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  8. Great post and I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  9. Sorry we missed seeing you perform I bet it was something. I would love to read your book, I believe it's (they are)on my TBR list and would love to see how they all come together.

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  10. Book sounds very interesting, would love to win.

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  12. I love the videos! I would definitely have been more entertained by the Shakespeare flash mobs than the Macarena! Your books sound fascinating and I'll have to check them out even if I don't win. Thanks for visting the fair.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    thefeministfairy@yahoo.com

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  13. Sounds like a good read, love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I love Puck's Monologue!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thank you for the great giveaway! Sorry to hear about the tapes that were mysteriously destroyed in a horrible manor, many of my things meet the same fate.

    I've started reading the first book, but I would love to have the whole collection.

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

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  16. I've been looking for a new series to start reading and i think I've finally found it! Thank You for the giveaway

    winter_sophia at yahoo dot com

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  17. Nice post. This sounds like a good series.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. What people preferred the Macarena over theatre geeks acting out Shakespeare! The mall food court is not where I would expect to see Shakesepeare but then again, what fun. Eugene, Oregon, U of O grad? You know that Oregon is artistic and ecclectic so the rag tag Shakespeariams would fit in perfect here. Thanks for sharing the videos they were fun!

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  19. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  20. I love omnibus editions - especially of novellas.
    GFC - rickimc
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

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  21. I'm just happy that we didn't have video when I was a kid. ;)

    I personally would have loved your impromptu performance better than the regular flash mob! Would have been fun to be a part of as well.

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  22. I would have loved to see a flash Shakespearean performance at the mall!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  23. Great post! It would've been kinda funny to see the Shakespeare videos. Too bad for the "mysterious" fire that burned them all! ;)

    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. This book sounds right up my alley!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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  25. I'd love to win this series.

    queendsheena@hotmail.com

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  26. Love that this is a whole series. Nothing worse than starting a series and all the waiting for the next one!

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  27. Love the clips! I too like watching live performances! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  28. I would have been watching the Shakespeare, I promise! (Which reminds me, I'd better remember about Shakespeare in the Park this year). This series sounds great; thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  29. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  30. I absolutely loved the zellie wells trilogy normaly I'm really good at predicting books but this one kept surprising me constantly thank you so much!

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  31. Hi!

    I would love to win a copy of the ebook!
    Thank you =)

    Lilly

    lillysgarden88 (at) gmail dot com

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  32. I miss performing! I'd be all about the Shakespeare flash mob- come to Seattle and we'll make that a thing! :D

    bethwade1 at gmail dot com

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  33. thanks for the cool giveaway the series sounds pretty good. deborah.goff@ymail.com

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  34. Yay, Puck! Always my favorite fairy, and that seemed like a really fun version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
    postedcontests (at) gmail (dot) com

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