Thursday, June 28, 2007

UNCOoks: The Much Belated First Episode

Hello, my name is Max Herzl-Betz, and I have been conscripted for this first and very much belated episode of UNCOoks. If you will recall from earlier, I was pictured cooking up what was described as a "delicious chicken recipe." And now, for all of you who would absolutely love to try it, you can make it yourselves!

Honey Chicken Tikka/Tofu

Ingredients: 2.2 lbs Chicken strips/ 2 lbs of tofu
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp Red chili powder
1 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp white pepper powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp mustard oil (can be replaced by mustard)
Some more garlic and onions and vegetable oil

1) Combine all ingredients except mustard, onions and the extra garlic in bowl; coat chicken strips evenly and leave to marinate for 3 hours
2)Stir fry in pan with garlic and onions and serve hot
Serves: 5



Saturday, June 23, 2007

Building the Keller House

Huge set building day today! We've got a house and a roof and a porch! And pictures!

To see captions, click the white box in the corner.

And here's a link to the album itself. More to come!
Set Building

Saturday, June 16, 2007

One week down!

Well, tomorrow at noon we'll have completed our first full week of UNCO. Without a full company yet (Jared arrives tomorrow to complete our band), we've spent our evenings working away in Arena, removing the dance floor, painting the stage, hanging curtains and scrims, and starting to do some design for All My Sons. Between this and most people coping with their first full week of working full time on campus, I don't think there'd be much disagreement if I said this week has been a bit exhausting. What's more, just doing the manual labor side of theater doesn't always inspire the adrenaline rush of rehearsing and performing--let alone doing so in only three weeks--so next week will, I think, give everyone a spark to start the season off.

That said, it's been nice to have a week to just settle into the pace of summer life here--even though there seems to be one clerical snafu after another. On move-in day, we had to go through a mad scramble to find our keys, after the Residential Life Office turned out not to have them. After tracking down the proper administrator, we discovered that for very complicated reasons, facilities was not aware that these houses were occupied, and had changed the locks for the summer. On Monday morning, those living in the Faculty Club Annex were awakened by facilities knocking on our door at 7 a.m., and were informed that our house was closed, and that security had been called to remove us. We managed to ward them off by dangling our keys and official-looking, but our patience began to wear thin when, on Wednesday, the Reunion crew showed up to tell us that alums were going to be housed in our rooms. Suffice it to say, we'll be only mildly surprised if next week we arrive home from work to find that our houses have been demolished in order to build a new dorm.

It's been a busy weekend, what with Reunion going on. The campus has been overrun with alums being veritably submerged in college-purchased booze in hopes of securing more donations. On the plus side, this means plenty of events for us to crash, and fantastic food to mooch. Last night, for instance, there was a dance party in the Goodhue Superlounge that featured no less than seven (yes, that's right, seven) full kegs, as well as a rather impressive fireworks display from Mai Fete. And there is talk of alumni putting together a reunion CHELSEA 11:17 performance, which we will all be attending, of course.

We'll be updating you all soon on how our first week of rehearsals is going, and we hope to see you all in Arena on July 5th! But in the meantime, enjoy some snapshots of this week.


Max cooking up this delicious chicken recipe.

One big happy, chicken-eating family.

Arena, once we were done with it.

Arena from the stage.

Karen is very passionate about her lighting plot.
Reunion decided to open the tunnels (!!!). What's a Carleton student to do but bust out some sharpies and add their mark to the sea of graffiti.

The UNCO has Landed

Wow! Snazzy Move-in Slideshow!
Hit the white button on the bottom corner to see Karen's witty captions.

Or if the slideshow doesn't work, check out the album here:

The Move In!

Coming Soon: The first installment of UNCOoks, delicious recipes from our company dinners!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Shivering with Anticipation

Even up here on the North Shore of Lake Superior, nothing can distract me from the unyielding anticipation of what I'm positive will be, the best UNCO season of all time. Needing only a tiny bit of inspiration these beach pebbles (or maggots) are singing our praises in a slightly eerie Charlot's Web sort of a way.

I've been writing a lot lately about UNCO and Carleton theater in general, as it has somehow found its way into being the primary focus of my medschool application essays. I can't really blame it. For some, theater is an escape, a temporary retreat from the insanity that is an academic semester. For others, and hopefully I'm speaking for more than myself, theater experiences such as UNCO are opportunities for community formation, the coming together of people from all disciplines and all backgrounds, pooling their creativity and skills, and creating a performance masterpiece. This being said, theater does mean different things to different people. For me theater is a way to embrace my creativity, my passions, and most importantly my friendships.