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We are such stuff as dreams are made on

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul Butzi on April 3, 2010


Prospero’s words, from Act 4 scene 1 of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, one of my most favorite plays:

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

update: just in case it isn’t clear on some displays, the camera-left plaque reads “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” Jeanne, Kathy, Annie, Patti, Josie. I have no idea who these people are, but I’m immensely grateful for their support for theatre.

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  1. adam said, on April 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Ah Paul, thou art a romantic! I too am a fan of the bard, and one of my favorite lines is from Act 1 Scene 1 of “Measure for Measure”:

    Thyself and thy belongings
    Are not thine own so proper as to waste
    Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
    Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
    Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
    Did not go forth of us, ’twere all alike
    As if we had them not.

  2. Paul Butzi said, on April 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Interestingly, those words are on the wall honoring the donors who contributed to the construction of the Leo K theatre at the Seattle Rep.

  3. Ed Richards said, on April 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Everything seems to come together when you start doing theatre pictures. That is a great shot! M9 or 5D?

  4. Paul Butzi said, on April 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    This was shot in the early afternoon, when Bill and I were taking a look before starting with the serious stuff under rehearsal lighting after sunset.

    It was made with the M9, and if I’m remembering correctly, the 50mm f/2 Summicron.

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