Friday, November 13, 2009

Big Weekend!

It certainly is!

There are not two, but THREE productions this weekend. If this happened every weekend, I could come close to making a living at this playwriting thing ...

But the point is St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH; Birch Run High School in Birch Run, MI; and John H. Wood Middle School in San Antonio TX are all producing the play this weekend. I'm so thrilled that such diverse schools all over the country are bringing this play to their communities.

STA and Birch run opened last night, and Wood opens tonight. I hear great things about opening nights and STA has already put up some GREAT photos from their Dress Rehearsal. Here's a sample.





















Friday, November 6, 2009

The First State, The Second Production

I've heard nothing but good things about the production of SALLY in Milford, Delaware. Excellent! We're two for two!

I should have photos and video from that production soon but now I want to share the cover from the program and the program itself, because it includes some very funny new character names for the chorus. I always love when productions insert their own creativity into a script. I particularly like that they've given Dave a last name and a whole family!





Production Staff
Director
Ms. Carissa Meiklejohn

Producer
Mrs. Erica Snyder

Costumes
Ms. Sarah Honey
Mrs. Cindy Whitehead

Set Construction
Mr. Jack Newark and the
set construction class

Light/Sound Director
Mr. Bruce Leibu

Logo design
Mrs. Karine Richards

Poster Printing
Mr. Bruce Leibu

T-shirt Printing
DECA/Marketing

Stage Manager
Lindsay Schulze

Assistant Stage Manager/Props
Sarah Propst

Props
Kim McKinney

Stage Crew
Tara Bowden
Kaitlin Weaver

Lights/Sound
Evan Wittman
Zeph Geyer
Brett Hall

Time:
Present Day

Setting:
Act I Sally’s bedroom, Frogbull Academy

15 minute Intermission

Act II Frogbull Academy, Sally’s bedroom

Cast
Sally Cotter
Hillary Chen

Harmonica
Becky Ball

Prof. Shiftia Shape
Bethany Lennox

Ursa Malaise
Toni Gynac

Prof. Underdrawers
Chad Dickerson

Dave Ferret
Matthew Bantel

Ed Molar
Brian Pierson

Reubenon Ryebread
Adam Murphy

The Censor
Nora Goodleaf

Lord Murderdeath
Mr. Shawn Snyder

Supporting Cast
Mother/Prof. Sproutacus
Rose McFassel

Goona Glovewood
Madi Dodge

Fredina Ferret
Lacy Devoe

Georgette Ferret
Lauren Walton

Angie Aardvarkovich
Amber-Lee Miller

Pinchy
Deanna Pierson

Boyle Butkiss
Michael Walls

Beetle/Dedric Ciggory
Neil Shah

Beetle/Connor Creamy
William Badger

Beetle/Prof. Quilt
Dakota Madanat

Beetle/Prof. Jumpstart
Tayvon Johnson

Terri Boots
Samantha Wagamon

Platma
Sara Marks

Murffie Moggal
Chelsea Trotman

Winny Ferret
Sam Benton

Lana Rabbit
Natalie Bradley

Mary Turnit
Grace McFassel

Professor McDonalds
Bre Fitch

Chloe Bell
Breanna Henderson

Felicia Fossils
Megan Rossetti

Audience Notes
• Please refrain from the use of photography or video recording as it is against our agreement with Playscripts, Inc.
• Remember that Milford School District is a non-smoking environment.
• Please turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices. Even their ambient light can be a distraction to the performers and patrons.


Director’s Notes
I hadn’t read the Harry Potter series until two years ago, and once I began, I couldn’t put it down. I finally discovered what everyone else had already learned—they are truly enthralling books that have inspired many to read. The characters and plot elements that are parodied in this production are hysterical and make this play so enjoyable. It has also been wonderful to perform a brand new play and be a part of its debut—thanks to Dean O’Carroll for giving us this great script and the ability to add our own touches. I am so proud of our students and the imagination and creativity they have brought to our stage. I welcome all of our new drama club members who have joined us for this undertaking. I am thrilled to work with so many fantastic students. Enjoy!
Carissa Meiklejohn
Special Thanks to
• Hospital Auxiliary for use of the tricycle
• Mrs. Kaye Majoch for use of robes
• Mr. Nate L’Armand for props
• Mrs. Karine Richards and art students for painting the shields
• Allison Chamberlain for her hard work, though she couldn’t perform due to illness
• Sarah Propst for spending numerous hours organizing the costume loft


Join us for our musical
Bye Bye Birdie
March 4-6, 2010

Saturday, October 31, 2009

WILD SMASH HIT

By all reports -- please read Skye's amazing comment on yesterday's post -- the SALLY COTTER premiere at St. Margaret Mary's was nothing short of blockbusting. This is amazing news. I can't wait for video. For now, here are some photos, probably many more to come.

Congratulations, from the bottom of my hear to cast and crew. I couldn't have asked for a better opening.



Dave, Harmonica, and Sally. Great uniforms, though this was a Catholic School, so they might have had some on hand. I'm intrigued that they went with the head scar for Sally. I don't mention one in the script, but it's so key to Potter. I've often wondered if schools would give her one. So far the vote talley is Scar 1, No-Scar 2. (obscure "Arrested Development" reference)




The Beetles, rocking out to their hit song "I Wanna Hold All Six of Your Hands"


I love Professor Underdrawers here. He will be my new Twitter avatar, shortly.



Shape and the Slymythings, which would be a great name for a Wrock Band.



Ursa, trying to taste Sally and Friends as they hide under the cape. Skye calls this "The Licking Scene" which it certainly is, though taken out of context that sounds a little odd.




Nicely creepy letter people ... either that or a whole lot of people are about to die in Funky Winkerbean. (Obscure reference, I know)


The Censor. I'm very intrigued to see how people approach this character. This look is great. Will other Censors rock the argyle sweater vest? We'll see.



Ed Herdturd Molar and the Magic Rock



Great looking Lord Murderdeath. Scary!


The full cast looks great together.



Look at this! T-shirts! They made t-shirts for my play! How awesome is that?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Roll out the red carpet!

Tonight's the night folks! World premiere performance of SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE. The cast and crew at St. Margaret Mary's in Winter Park Florida are mixing up their Witch's Brews, practicing getting the flunch through the spoodle, and fitting on their Beetle antennae. Let's all wish them broken legs and big, big laughs. I'm very excited, but probably not half as psyched as they are.

I've been in touch with Skye Dumoulin, the director. She and her cast have been working impossibly hard to get this together and I'm sure it will pay off big time. I really wish I could be there.

Listen up, Southern California! Somebody put on a darn SALLY COTTER production that I can actually go see!

Skye's put some photos online, so here's a glimpse of what the good people of Winter Park will be seeing tonight!













It's always a thrill to see actors dressed as characters you've created. Okay, sure these "characters I've created" are really just parodies of characters JK Rowling created, but it's still a special feeling.

I'm not the first to say this, and this isn't the first time I've said it, but at the moment, SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE is just a script, words on paper. Tonight, when there are actors living out that story and an audience following it, laughing and applauding, it will truly become a play. I'm so grateful to Skye and her gang for making this happen and for all the other productions that are coming up in the next few weeks.

This production, by the way, is the only one I can truly attribute to my activities in fandom. I met Skye on MyLeaky and she seemed eager to read the play and then ever eagerer to produce it. I love the people in Potter fandom. They're just wonderful, wonderful people.

Plus, Skye lives in Orlando, which is about to become the hub of Potter fandom, with the theme park opening next year and two enormous Potter Conferences in the next two years, Infitus in 2010 and LeakyCon 2011. So it's really good to have a connection there.

Oh, plus Skye is totally awesome as a person.

Curtain up!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Productions! We've got productions!

Wow! Haven't been bloggin' so much lately.

Sorry about that, but SALLY has been busy. At the moment we have SIX productions scheduled for this fall and I know of two more that have been announced but not fully booked. I've contacted the directors of all of these productions so I hope to have pictures and updates and all that cool stuff. Here's where the show is going up. More info can be found here http://www.facebook.com/sallycotterandthecensoredstone (yeah, we have a Facebook page now, too)



St. Margaret Mary School Winter Park, FL
Oct 30, 2009

Milford High School Milford, DE
Nov 5, 2009-
7-Nov-09

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Dover, NH
Nov 12, 2009-
13-Nov-09

Birch Run High School Birch Run, MI
Nov 12, 2009-
14-Nov-09

Plymouth North High School Plymouth, MA
Nov 20, 2009-
22-Nov-09

Waukee Community School District--Prairieview Dallas Center, IA
Dec 4, 2009- 5-Dec-09

I wish the best of broken legs to all these productions and I hope there will be many more!

Monday, September 7, 2009

In which I invent a brand new genre

So as I've become more and more involved in fandom, I'm really coming to like and respect Wizard Rock. I am not a musician or a singer, so I would not ever attempt to generate any of it myself. But I am a comedian and so I officially declare myself to be the first ever Wizard Stand-Up AKA Wand-Up Comic. And, as Harry and the Potters were the first real Wrock band and so they got to "be" Harry ... I get to be Harry, too.

video

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dean on Spinnerscast


Whoops! Haven't blogged in a while, and I totally forgot to mention my most recent podcast appearance!
Quinn and Juan from Spinnerscast interviewed me over a month ago and the episode has been available since, like July 8th. So, sorry about the delay. (I also have several WWDD scripts to post)
Great interview, of course. I had a lot of fun with those two. Listen and you'll hear me discuss A VERY POTTER MUSICAL, The HP Alliance, and I'll reveal two character names from the possibly-upcoming SALLY COTTER sequel!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

WWDD -- The HP Alliance in Los Angeles and the Dumbledore Movie Theater Challenge

On July 14, 2009 there was a HUGE party for the opening of the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie. My wife and I went there and it was fantastic. I got to meet 3/4 of Pottercast, and members of the Whomping Willows, The Remus Lupins, Marked as His Equal, and Tonks and the Werewolves, not to mention lots and lots of Potter fans. Oh, and I saw the movie, too. I'll write more about that later, but for now IT FREAKIN' RULES.

I was officially there in my capacity as a member of the Harry Potter Alliance. We were doing the Dumbledore Movie Theater Challenge. I provided name tags which Bre and the Merch ladies handed out to fans to write about what they learned from the late, great Albus Dumbledore. I also shot some video:



video

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

SEVERUS REJOINED and the HP Alliance

Here's the latest in my series of What Would Dumbledore Do playlets. I'm in the home stretch now. Only three major characters left, really and I think two of them will share one play.

To be honest, this is the big one. This is the death and the set of revelations that followed that so much of the series hinged on. I was a little hesitant to try this one, since it's so major and there's so much to say.

So how'd I do? Um ... okay. Others could have done better, but I think I contribute something here. Hope you like it.

SEVERUS REJOINED
a very short play by Dean O’Carroll


Lights up on a playground. It greatly resembles the one near Spinner’s End where SEVERUS SNAPE first met LILY EVANS, but it is cleaner, brighter, impossibly perfect.

SNAPE is there. His eyes are closed and he has a look of great focus, as if he were trying to burn something into his memory. Eventually he opens his eyes and sees his surroundings.

SNAPE
I see.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE enters.

DUMBLEDORE
Severus! I must say, of all the places I have met with people on their journeys, this is by far my favorite.

SNAPE
Why am I not surprised?

DUMBLEDORE
How did he do it?

SNAPE
The snake. He used the snake on me. I imagine he considered that an honor.

DUMBLEDORE
Care for a go on the swings, Severus?

SNAPE
Thank you, Professor, no.

DUMBLEDORE
Suit yourself.

SNAPE
If you have further instructions for me there is no reason to be coy.

DUMBLEDORE
No, no Severus. Your job and mine are done. Responsibility lies with Harry Potter now.

SNAPE
So Lily’s son marches off to his death. I assume he will be joining us shortly.

DUMBLEDORE
Yes, but, I hope not for long. Perhaps you have deduced my theory.

SNAPE
That the Dark Lord’s curse will destroy the part of his soul inside the boy and Potter will be unscathed? Yes, I thought that might be part of your calculations. You’ve gambled a great deal on chance and theory, Professor.

DUMBLEDORE
And before me stands perhaps my greatest gamble, one which has returned my investment a thousandfold.

SNAPE
Yes. Well done. Once again your insight reigns supreme. And for the rest of us, for Moody and Scrimgeour, even Black? Should we take solace in the validation of your brilliance? Is that our reward as well?

DUMBLEDORE
I cannot speak for the others, but I had never thought you joined our side in search of reward.

SNAPE
No. No, and I never asked for one. I sought only … only …

DUMBLEDORE
Redemption?

SNAPE
I will kindly ask you not to put words in my mouth, Professor.

DUMBLEDORE
Of course.

A long silence as DUMBLEDORE swings gently.

SNAPE
Is … she here?

DUMBLEDORE
She is.

SNAPE
And … him as well.

DUMBLEDORE
They made a pledge to be bonded for all eternity, Severus. The one silver lining of their tragic early deaths was that they would never have to be apart.

SNAPE
Then even now I am … I am never …

DUMBLEDORE
Severus, your life was painful, woefully short, and often unfair. I will never deny that. For your sacrifices you have my endless gratitude and my deepest admiration. But your life was not devoid of joy and you are too intelligent and mature a man to claim it was.

SNAPE
I … do not claim that.

DUMBLEDORE
Are you familiar with a Muggle poet by the name of Omar Khayyam?

SNAPE
No.

DUMBLEDORE
He once wrote:
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Ah, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

SNAPE
I have no ear for poetry, Professor.

DUMBLEDORE
How little you understand yourself, my friend. What was the last thing you saw in all your life?

SNAPE
Eyes. Those eyes.

DUMBLEDORE
And was that not paradise enough?

SNAPE
… It was.

DUMBLEDORE
Then perhaps it is time for you to be reunited with someone who is hoping to see you.

SNAPE
No! No, Dumbledore! I could not! I couldn’t!

LILY POTTER is there.

LILY
Hello, Sev.

SNAPE turns and sees her.

SNAPE
Lily.

DUMBLEDORE
And at this point my exit is long overdue. Farewell.

DUMBLEDORE goes.

SNAPE
Is he … ?

LILY
James didn’t come. He might like to see you later. But he understood that I needed to talk to an old friend.

SNAPE
I …

LILY
We used to have wonderful talks, Sev. I miss them.

SNAPE
I thought you had nothing further to say to me.

LILY
That was a long time ago. Quite a bit has happened since then. Let’s have a swing and a chat. We have a lot of catching up to do.

LILY sits in a swing and gestures for SNAPE to join her.

SNAPE
And … things will be just as they were?

LILY
Well, probably not exactly. And you know they cannot be the way you wanted them to be.
(Pause.)
But … a swing … a chat … maybe a laugh or two?

SNAPE
… Paradise enow.

She smiles. He sits in the swing next to her. They begin to talk as …

The lights fade.



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Monday, July 6, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a production!

Oh, I am so psyched! I just got word from Playscripts that a production of SALLY COTTER has been booked and the play will be performed November 20-22 at Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, MA.

I checked out some videos on line and the Plymouth North Drama club does a lot of shows every year. Man, there's nothing I love more than a thriving, active High School drama club. You can see a lot of their videos here.

I am thrilled beyond belief that my first production will be in my old home state, Massachusetts. That's where every play I've written since college premiered and I'm happy to keep that streak alive.

Of course, somebody could still come a long and ace 'em! Could YOUR school or theatre get a production up and running by October, September ... maybe even August? Plymouth was, after all, where the Pilgrims landed. American started there and now it looks like SALLY COTTER will, too.

Unless you beat 'em to the punch!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

SCRIMGEOUR OF NEED and the HP Alliance

Here's the latest. I know chess as a metaphor is way overused. But it seemed valid here.

SCRIMGEOUR OF NEED
a very short play by Dean O’Carroll



Lights up on a bare room with a small table in the middle with two uncushioned chairs. A Wizard Chess board is set up on the table.

RUFUS SCRIMGEOUR enters. His limp is gone and he seems to enjoy freer movement, not that he shows any pleasure in it.

SCRIMGEOUR
Very well.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE enters.

DUMBLEDORE
Minister.

SCRIMGEOUR
Well I can’t say I expected to find you here.

DUMBLEDORE
Our conversations during the last year of my life were far too often short and acrimonious. Perhaps now we can truly talk.

SCRIMGEOUR
Fair enough.

DUMBLEDORE
And perhaps a game of Wizard Chess? As I recall you were always fond of games of strategy.

SCRIMGEOUR
Yes, yes. Haven’t had much time for games, but now I suppose it’s acceptable.

They sit and play. Moments pass.

SCRIMGEOUR
I didn’t give up your boy, Potter, you know.

DUMBLEDORE
I do know that. For that I am very grateful.

SCRIMGEOUR
Infuriating boy. Admirable, certainly, and brave as they come, but … unwise move, I’ll have your bishop now.

DUMBLEDORE
Well played.

More time passes as they play. After a moment, SCRIMGEOUR breaks.

SCRIMGEOUR
Death Eaters in the Ministry! Damn! How could this have happened, Dumbledore? How could I have let this happen?

DUMBLEDORE
You fought with all your might. We can ask no more of you than that.

SCRIMGEOUR
It should have been your job, Dumbledore. Robards is a fine Auror, but perhaps if you’d been Minister and I remained Head Auror –

DUMBLEDORE
You will never win a game of chess if you think only of past moves you should have made. As for myself as Minister … might I demonstrate something?

SCRIMGEOUR
Go ahead.

DUMBLEDORE
This will require a change to the rules. You will play with one king and all your other pieces pawns. All my pieces shall be queens.

SCRIMGEOUR
That hardly seems fair. The queen is the most powerful piece on the board, pawns are weak.

DUMBLEDORE
Kindly allow me to finish. Because I have no king for you to capture, any piece of mine you take will count as a victory for you.

SCRIMGEOUR
Interesting. Interesting. Very well, Dumbledore. Proceed.

They play a bit.

DUMBLEDORE
I’m capturing quite a few of your pawns, Rufus.

SCRIMGEOUR
That’s elemental strategy, Dumbledore. You sacrifice the pawns to bring you closer to your goal.

DUMBLEDORE
But, of course, I cannot make those sacrifices. For me, every piece is equally valuable and every loss equally tragic.

SCRIMGEOUR looks at DUMBLEDORE for a moment. He rises.

SCRIMGEOUR
Very well, very well. I see your point. So that is why you could not have been Minister of Magic? Because you couldn’t sacrifice a pawn?

DUMBLEDORE
Because I cannot see anyone as a pawn. Because I thought my abilities would best be used to teach and to make every wizard a king or a queen.

SCRIMGEOUR
You cannot win a war without sacrifice, Dumbledore. Would either of us be here if we had not sacrificed ourselves for the cause?

DUMBLEDORE
There we are in agreement. I have asked many people to make sacrifices and the losses they suffer weigh greatly upon me. But I never looked upon them as pawns or thought their only value was as a sacrifice.

SCRIMGEOUR
That is all well and good, but I see no evidence that your method is more likely to succeed than mine. In fact, in this game before us, I’m fairly certain I have mate in three.

DUMBLEDORE
But we are not truly playing against each other, are we, Rufus? We are two unified forces against a common foe.

DUMBLEDORE waves his wand the board changes so now his and SCRIMGEOUR’s pieces seem to be on one side against a squad of enormous evil-looking pieces.

DUMBLEDORE
And a number of those pawns that you have sacrificed are now on that other side.

DUMBLEDORE waves the wand again and the captured pawns join the evil side.

DUMBLEDORE
Most are there under the Imperius Curse, to be certain. But more than a few joined Voldemort out of a sense of bitterness and betrayal.

SCRIMGEOUR
… Shunpike. That was the sticking point for Potter. Stan Shunpike – spotty faced git from the Knight Bus.

DUMBLEDORE
Who now hides that spotty face beneath a Death Eater’s mask.

SCRIMGEOUR
He was there when they took the Ministry. Didn’t do much in the fight, but helped hold me down when they started with the Cruciatus Curse. Imperiused, of course, but … every wizard a king or queen, Dumbledore?

DUMBLEDORE
Perhaps it would be nice.

SCRIMGEOUR
And what do we do now?

DUMBLEDORE
We continue our game. And we hope with all our might that our side wins.

The game resumes.

Lights fade.



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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dean on Filkcast: Potter Style

Yep, I did another one!

Debatably, I'm an odd match for a podcast all about song parody, since I don't sing. But I do parody, so SALLY is kind of a once-removed relative of the songs that Delana, Michael, and company play.

I had a great time with those guys. We talked A LOT. I'm a little worried that people who tune in primarily for the songs will be a little annoyed by all the chatter. But I think it's pretty fun.

And I was really pleased that we recorded a scene from SALLY. Michael plays Hagrid in the Pottercast Acting Troupe, so he was fantastic as Ryebread. Listen to the show for that alone!

Monday, June 29, 2009

more tweets

Archiving some tweets from the last week and a half. If you're curious about the #Dumbledore tags on a lot of these it is part of a plan by Andrew Slack of the HP Alliance to make the word a trending topic and draw attention to the WWDD project.

HPTheMusical needs a new name, sez lawyers. Suggestions for new titles: "A Funny Thing Happend on the Way to Wizard School" #Dumbledore
1:54 PM Jun 26th from web

Suggestions for new titles for HPTheMusical "How to Succeed at Magic without Really Trying" "The Most Harry Fella" #Dumbledore
1:55 PM Jun 26th from web

More new names for HPTheMusical "Guys Wand Dolls" "Hello, Dobby" "The Rocky Potter Show" and my favorite "Les Wizard-ables" #Dumbledore
1:57 PM Jun 26th from web

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -- #Dumbledore. Relevant to the late Mr. Jackson? RIP
10:46 AM Jun 26th from web

Comedian Doug Benson encouraged us to tweet reviews of Transformers 2 in eight words or less. This first one seemed popular and got RTed

Things Michael Bay Hates: women, plots, your eyeballs. #8wordsorless
12:00 PM Jun 26th from web

But I like these other ones, too


@DougBenson Transforms ten dollars into two wasted hours #8wordsorless
8:54 AM Jun 26th from web in reply to DougBenson

@DougBenson Overrendered personality-free robots still out-act Megan Fox #8wordsorless
8:52 AM Jun 26th from web in reply to DougBenson

@DougBenson Transforms your childhood memories into loud, blurry headaches #8wordsorless
8:49 AM Jun 26th from web in reply to DougBenson


Learned a guy I knew in college was the lead horse in EQUUS on B'way. Write your own joke about fangirl dream of D. Radcliffe riding on you
8:19 AM Jun 25th from web

Despite Paul Simon's pleas, they're taking it away! RT @rickybrigante Kodak retiring 74-year-old Kodachrome film http://tinyurl.com/nezxw3
3:11 PM Jun 22nd from web

Actress Jewel Staite of “Firefly” tweeted that spending a weekend in Solvang, CA would fulfill her “Danish fantasy”

@JewelStaite My Danish fantasy just involves having one with lemon filling and one with strawberry and cheese ... seems kinda lame now ...
2:43 PM Jun 22nd from web in reply to JewelStaite


http://twitpic.com/82n1d - Robert Pattinson's taxi "accident" gets more suspicious with the release of this photo of the driver.
8:08 PM Jun 21st from TwitPic

Stupidest EntertainmentWeekly quote of '09 "Few Harry Potter fans imagined that Ginny Weasley would blossom into the love of (Harry's) life"
5:50 AM Jun 20th from web

Do the Remus Lupins have to put up with a lot of fans shipping them with Tonks and the Aurors?
11:08 AM Jun 19th from web in reply to melissaanelli


#fauxllowfriday Disneyedition @morestitch4wdw @bringbackthewand @pixarisoverrated @mullhollandmadnesslover @addjarjar2startours @churrossuck
10:35 AM Jun 19th from web

#fauxlowfriday HarryPotter edition @quidditchmakesperfectsensetome @flitwickfangirl @vernondursleycosplay @harryromildashipper @WBisperfect
10:19 AM Jun 19th from web


Claire from Accio Potter said she was woken up by a “Deconstruction Crew” at her house

@ClaireMcKenna1 You have a deconstruction crew there? Wow, so there ARE jobs out there for English majors! #literaryanalysishumor
9:25 AM Jun 19th from web in reply to ClaireMcKenna1



Robert Pattinson from "Twilight" was grazed by a cab in New York. Apparently the cabbie couldn't see him because he wasn't sparkly enough.
5:33 PM Jun 18th from web

@wilw Would it be lame to say that I'm too sexy to remember Right Said Fred?
10:20 AM Jun 18th from web in reply to wilw


The Man with the Golden Nun #nicerfilmtitles
8:49 PM Jun 17th from web

Golem-mallow Crunch #newmonstercereals
4:26 PM Jun 17th from web

Cheeri-Ogres #newmonstercereals
4:25 PM Jun 17th from web

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hy-Fiber #newmonstercereals
4:22 PM Jun 17th from web

#nicerfilmtitles Beauty and the Beets
9:18 AM Jun 17th from web

#nicerfilmtitles Murmur on the Orient Express
9:16 AM Jun 17th from web

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    The Long Road Home from Nurmengard, and the HP Alliance

    Here's another WWDD play. This one is definitely the saddest so far, which is odd, considering the character who has died was old and a one-time supervillain. Not many laughs in this one, but I rather like it.



    THE LONG ROAD HOME FROM NURMENGARD
    A very short play by Dean O’Carroll



    Lights up on a crossroads. A bright spring day. The road branches off in an infinite number of directions.

    GELLERT GRINDELWALD is there. While he is still the very old man he was when he died, he has a youth and vigor about him that he clearly has not felt in a long time.

    GRINDELWALD looks around, taking it all in.

    GRINDELWALD
    Of course. Of course.

    ALBUS DUMBLEDORE is there.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Hello, Gellert.

    GRINDELWALD
    Albus. Oh, Albus.

    Long pause.

    GRINDELWALD
    Imagine that. I have had fifty years to think about it, and I still do not know what to say to you.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I see no reason why we should rush.

    GRINDELWALD
    I’m sorry, Albus. I am sorrier than you could possibly imagine.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I am sorry, too.

    GRINDELWALD
    Do not be! You did what had to be done! Your defeat of me was the best thing that could have happened for me, and for the world! … I hated you, Albus. I hated you for defeating me. I hated you for betraying the principles we held so dearly back in Godric's Hollow. I hated you for abandoning me when my quest was just beginning. But you were right. You were right about everything. Do not apologize to me, old friend. I am the one who must apologize.

    DUMBLEDORE
    If you truly believe you are the only one with regrets, then you are just as selfish as you were a century ago.

    GRINDELWALD
    … Oh, Albus. You always knew what to say to make me question myself. But whatever sins you may have committed, you can be forgiven. Surely I cannot. Surely the blood, wizard and Muggle alike, that I have on my hands cannot be washed away with a few words.

    DUMBLEDORE
    No, no, it cannot. But it can, perhaps, be washed away with time. Time, after all, was your punishment and your gift. You used that time to consider the choices you made and beliefs you held. You have thought about where you were wrong and, if I am not mistaken, you have renounced those beliefs you now find so hateful.

    GRINDELWALD
    Yes, yes I have. Not immediately, I am afraid. For those first years, all I had was anger. I blamed you. I blamed Muggles, Muggle-borns … everyone but myself. I was nearly the mightiest wizard on Earth and I wielded what was truly the ultimate weapon, how could I have fallen? How could my power have failed me? And the only answer that came was this – I was wrong. Magic is not the ultimate power. There are greater powers that all people wield, Muggles, wizards, magical creatures alike. And if those powers could defeat me, then clearly I am no better than anyone else. Muggles are no lower than wizards. Elves, centaurs, goblins, all of them – no intelligent creature is higher or lower than any other. Only that understanding is truly for the Greater Good.

    DUMBLEDORE
    That must have been a difficult realization for you.

    GRINDELWALD
    The hardest.

    Pause.

    GRINDELWALD
    He … he came for me, Albus. He was looking for the Wand. I told him nothing but … but I think he knows.

    DUMBLEDORE
    If Voldemort finds that wand, he will be … quite surprised.

    GRINDELWALD
    He will. He will, indeed. But that man … if he even is a man anymore … with that wand. He was a monster, Albus. Was I ever like that?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Never quite, Gellert. With you, there was always the chance that you might choose a wiser path … eventually.

    GRINDELWALD
    Eventually.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Choices, Gellert. Choices, wrong or right, have brought us here.
    (Gestures to the crossroads sign)
    And, as you can see, now we have a new set of choices to make. Perhaps, now, older and wiser, we can make the correct ones.

    GRINDELWALD
    Albus, I’m … I’m sorry about Ariana.

    DUMBLEDORE
    … thank you.

    GRINDELWALD
    And I’m sorry that … that I could not be what you wanted me to be.

    DUMBLEDORE
    That is one thing for which you have no need to apologize.

    GRINDELWALD
    I cherished our friendship, our partnership, Albus. But … I am not that way.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I know. I knew back then, from the way you romanced the young witches of Godric's Hollow. You broke many a heart in those days.

    GRINDELWALD
    Including one I never imagined I could hurt.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I was young and confused. Confused about my feelings. We wizards thought we were so advanced, but we still clung to so many old taboos in that area. I mistook friendship for romantic love, a kinship for an attraction. I spent my life devoted to the power and advancement of love. But it is a mystery I never fully solved.

    GRINDELWALD
    For two men as old and wise as we think ourselves to be, there is a great deal we do not understand.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Isn’t that why you and I planned to travel together? To learn new things, unravel new mysteries?

    GRINDELWALD
    Why, yes, I believe you’re right.

    DUMBLEDORE
    The open road lies before us, though we are more than a century late for our original appointment.

    GRINDELWALD
    Then why are we waiting? We have a lot of catching up to do.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Then … let us begin.

    The two old friends gaze up at the sign and choose a way to go. They head off down a path, together.

    Lights fade.




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    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Get your "Team Dean" t-shirts now!

    So I was listening to the Live Ustream of Claire on the Air, a Wrock and chat show by Claire from Accio Potter yesterday and I was in the chat. I never feel 100% comfortable being places like that, since everyone else there was high school or college age and being the only 32-year-old in a chatroom with teenagers seems like you’re signing yourself up for “Dateline”’s watchlist. But I really like the Accio Gang, I had some free time, so why the heck not, y’know?

    Anyway Claire mentioned something about a kid at camp having a crush on a counselor. This reminded me of a story from the summer I met my wife.

    We were working at a theatre that did children’s plays and she was stage managing a version of THE UGLY DUCKLING in which I played the titular duckling/swan. My wife no longer works in theatre, but she kept me as a souvenir.

    The lead roles in the play were played by high school and college aged actors (and a few people like me who were a year or two out of school). But we also had a chorus of kids about 9-12 who played additional ducklings.

    My future wife and I had been dating for about six weeks by this point and were pretty aware this was something special. But, as it turned out, I was not the only guy in that show vying for her affections.

    See, one of the little ducklings clearly took a liking to her and took every opportunity to talk with her, sit next to her, etc. Now, clearly, I was not facing much competition from a ten year old, but it was still a little annoying to see this kid making moves on my lady!

    Anyway, after Claire’s kid-at-camp story, I told a short version of my story in the chat and people seemed to find it pretty amusing. Suddenly everyone declared that in the battle between me and this kid, they were all on “Team Dean.”

    That’s right, people were shipping me and my wife!

    Well … okay. Not a very controversial ship, like when, say, fans at LeakyCon started imagining a pairing between Melissa Anelli and the happily married John Green. But it’s nice, and slightly creepy, to be thought of that way.

    Now all we need is one of these portmanteau couple names, like Harmony (Harry/Hermione) or Snarry (Snape/Harry). Of course, since my wife prefers to remain anonymous in my adventures into fandom, she can only be called “Dean’s Wife.” If I was still doing “That Anonymous Guy” pieces for Inside the Magic, she could be “That Anonymous Gal,” like Bill Simmons, ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, calls his wife “The Sports Gal.” But those are on hold for a while, and it’s a whole ’nuther fandom, so that’s out. So … how do you smush up “Dean O’Carroll” and “Dean O’Carroll’s Wife”?

    Dife?
    Deaf?
    Wean?
    Wine?
    Wocarroll?
    O’Cwife?

    Or, perhaps, the most accurate: WiCar, pronounced “Why Care?”

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Fred Rhymes with Dead and the HP Alliance

    Here's the latest in my ongoing series. I do worry that I'm going to get repetitive with these. I'll try to put a spin on every one I do, but the formula is pretty ... formulaic. That said, I'm still proud of this and I hope you enjoy it.




    FRED RHYMES WITH DEAD
    A very short play by Dean O’Carroll


    Lights up on an enormous joke shop. This puts Zonko’s and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to shame.

    FRED WEASLEY enters.

    FRED
    Oh, Merlin’s Pants, I didn’t make it. I was so sure I’d have the last laugh. Guess the jokes on me. Still, if you’ve got to spend eternity somewhere, this looks like the place. Look at this stuff! Non-stop slapsticks? Sex-change joy buzzers? Self-wedgie-ing underpants? This is brilliant! Oh … oh they haven’t! Yes! Genuine x-ray specs that really work?

    FRED puts on a pair of x-ray specs.

    FRED
    Cor! They do work! Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be in the Three Broomsticks with Madam Rosmerta right now!

    ALBUS DUMBLEDORE enters, from behind Fred.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Mr. Weasley!

    FRED, still wearing the specs, turns at the sound of the voice, and gets an x-ray vision look at DUMBLEDORE.

    FRED
    Waugh! Professor Dumbledore!

    FRED quickly removes the specs.

    DUMBLEDORE
    It is good to see you again, Fred.

    FRED
    Yeah, well, same to you. Reckon I’d rather not’ve seen quite so much of you just then. Sorry.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Think nothing of it. So I take it this place pleases you?

    FRED
    Oh, it’s brilliant! I mean, I’m sorry I’m dead and all, but … well I always thought people were all just living six billion different jokes with the same punch line, y’know.

    DUMBLEDORE
    A deeper philosophy than you would probably admit.

    FRED
    Oh, blimey! I forgot to ask! Did we win? Is You Know Who burning in You Know Where?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Yes, indeed. Harry Potter has triumphed over Voldemort and, while many good souls were lost in the battle, the rest of your family is safe and well. You might be amused to see this.

    DUMBLEDORE hands FRED a telescope.

    FRED
    Wait – is this one of my eye-punching telescopes?

    DUMBLEDORE
    No, no, this will allow you to peer down into the world of the living. I thought you might like to see your own mother defeating Bellatrix Lestrange.

    FRED
    My mother?

    FRED eagerly looks through the telescope. After a moment he puts it down.

    FRED
    I don’t know what surprises me more – that Mum could beat such a powerful witch, or that she would use that kind of language. So, er, how long did all this take? I don’t feel as if I’ve been gone that long.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Time passes differently in this realm than in the mortal world. A few days have passed since the battle. In fact, if you look down now, you will see that your family and friends are attending your funeral.

    FRED
    Now that’s something I’ve got to see!

    FRED looks through the telescope again.

    FRED
    Not a bad turnout! I knew I’d be a bigger draw than Cedric Diggory. Everyone’s looking awfully glum.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Is that not to be expected at a funeral?

    FRED
    Yeah, but not at mine. I mean, yeah, I’d expect Mum to cry, but … c’mon, everyone, no need to weep and moan. That’s not how I want you to remember me! Have a bloody laugh, already.

    DUMBLEDORE
    There have been a few chuckles as they’ve told stories of your exploits.

    FRED
    Yeah, but the laugh to tears ratio is way off! Oh, wait, George is coming up to speak. This’ll do it. George’ll leave ’em rolling in the aisles. … George? George? Merlin’s Pants, George’s worse than the rest of them! Turn off the waterworks you bloody fountain! Oh! Now he’s broken down completely and can’t talk anymore. Hey! Now Angelina’s comforting him! Hoi, George, she was my ex-girlfriend, you know! I better not catch her whispering sweet nothings into the hole in your head that used to be an ear! Well, I’ve seen enough. I mean, really, where do they get the nerve?

    DUMBLEDORE
    The nerve?

    FRED
    The nerve to cry at my funeral! I mean, this is supposed to be about ME, isn’t it? This thing should be a laugh riot!

    DUMBLEDORE
    Surely you don’t believe, Fred, that a funeral is actually for the deceased.

    FRED
    Well, I sort of thought that was the whole point.

    DUMBLEDORE
    The dead have no real need for ceremonies. Funerals are for the living, to allow them to remember the loved ones they have lost in the way they see fit. The people you left behind will always remember you for the laughter and the good spirits, but right now, allow them their grief. Let them mourn the lost brother, son, and friend. Laughter will return to their lives, but, for now, allow them the bittersweet solace of their tears. Think for a moment and you will surely see that is what they need, just now.

    FRED
    Well … yeah … yeah, I guess.
    (Pause.)
    But I reckon it’s not what I need. I won’t watch a moment more of this!

    DUMBLEDORE
    Oh, I don’t blame you. I found my own funeral most unwatchable. If that rather verbose fellow delivering the eulogy had gone on any longer, half the audience would have died of boredom and I would have a great many more neighbors up here.

    FRED
    Well all right then! I’ve got a shop full of new toys to try out. Wait a minute! I didn’t see Snape anywhere down there. Did he not make it through?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Alas, no, Professor Snape died, but he died a hero, allied with our side against the forces of Voldemort. I think you will find him not far from here.

    FRED
    Well, in that case, he and I have a date with a flaming bag of dragon poo!

    FRED grabs some supplies.

    FRED
    See you around, Professor!

    FRED exits, gleeful.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I suppose I really should warn Severus.
    (Beat.)No, no, some things are just too good to miss.

    DUMBLEDORE follows after FRED.

    Lights fade.



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    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    Twittering away

    As you can see, I've added a Widget to this page to show my recent Tweets. But, since I think every single word I write is brilliant, I've also decided to archive some of my favorite tweets before they vanish into the ether. So here are some of them:

    John @hodgman is speaking after Obama at the @rtcadinner . Will there be a
    rebuttal where Dick Cheney speaks, followed by Justin Long?

    waitwait: This weekend, the panelists predict a hidden clause in the new health care plan. Got one? /ian
    deanocarroll: @waitwait A surprising amount of funding to go to "enormous ear care"


    Edward R. Murrow - Good night and good luck #thingsfamouspeoplesayaftersex

    Walter Cronkite -- And that's the way it is #thingsfamouspeoplesayaftersex

    BillCorbett: I have a
    disturbing number of followers who want to see a cute panda torn to pieces by a
    shark. Well...OK, I'll see what I can do.
    deanocarroll: @BillCorbett what would be an acceptable number of followers who want to see a cute panda torn to pieces by a shark?

    @sueupton All the people who keep complaining about HBP being PG seem to forget the book is 70% about high school sports and teen dating

    @loresjoberg "I don't think many sea otters have read the Ramayana" My pet sea otter loved "Ramayana the Pest" and "Ramayana Quimby, Age 8"
    http://badgods.com/wormwood-seatofpower22.html


    jacobuskaminus: Who do you think won the Second Annual
    Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of
    Excellence?
    deanocarroll: @jacobuskaminus Probably an inanimate carbon rod

    Listening to Jack demolish Jay ( @jayandjack ) on the Lost podcast. How many times must Lost show us Locke was a loser before it sinks in?

    petersagal Just had to ask someone: "Online or real world?".
    Whats the preferred term for latter? "Meatspace?" "Where my shell
    resides?"
    deanocarroll @petersagal "Face-to-Face-Book"? "Avatar-Free Land"?

    Sad my old friend Marin Ireland didn't win a Tony tonight, but, if you have to lose to somebody, Angela Lansbury is a pretty good choice.


    @brebishop Not following HP news? So you didn't hear JKR say that Cho Chang married Kreacher?

    Very sad about the loss of David Eddings, my favorite fantasy author of my youth. If you've never read The Belgariad, check it out!

    #robotpickuplines
    Wanna see my C3P-O-face?

    Saw preview of Land ot Lost. Love Will Ferrell, but it's hard to make a WORSE TVtoFilm adaptation than Bewitched. This does it! Bad movie

    @aaronspod I like USHollywood,
    but it's so tiny, compared to Disneyland. The location is great, but otherwise a
    one-visit place.
    @aaronspod USHollywood lives in a state of denial, too. They still have a Waterworld stunt show for crying out loud!
    @aaronspod It's a
    really cool show, but couldn't they repurpose some of those stunts to tie them
    in to a movie people, like, SAW?
    @aaronspod (I mean a movie seen by people -- no reference to the "Saw" films, which would probably not make for a good live
    show -- YIKES!)

    Yes, she's really going out with him, but it's purely physical. #answerstosongtitles

    Because, if we did, a car might run us over, mid-coitus. #answerstosongtitles

    Dr. Alfred Kinsey wrote the book of love. Yes, it would be nice.
    #answerstosongtitles

    Just heard Kris Allen on the @insidethemagic podcast and I think he said something about singing a song called "Anal Sunshine."

    Christian Slater is doing a "Heathers" sequel? http://bit.ly/10Uj9R Didn't he (SPOILER) blow up in the first one?

    Kevin Nealon asked what it would be like if Jesus had been on Twitter
    @kevin_nealon Sermon on the Mount would have been 140 characters and included the phrase "blessed are the PCmakers"

    @jfftsq http://twitpic.com/670q8 - Hey, I love the Moaning Turtles, especially their song "Unhappy Together" #1960spop-rockhumor

    Darth Molly (or, alternately Darth ShoppingMall); SheWoks #sexchangestarwars

    #sexchangestarwars Prince Leo; Qui-Gonn Gina; Handrea Solo; Barbara Fett; Shmuel Skywalker; Yodarlene; Greedorothy; Landoris Calrissean;

    @siriuslypotter Listening to episode 19. Favorite line: "Who's Dean O'Carroll?"


    @loresjoberg Mosk #popeyesfavoritebryophyteandislamicplaceofworship Mask
    #popeyesfavoritechristianreligiousserviceandwaytodisguisehisface

    @loresjoberg Baskin #popeyesfavoritelargebowlandicecreamcocreator

    @loresjoberg Basques #popeyesfavoritefishandspanishthnicgroup

    #songsfrompopeyesdiscoalbum "That's The Way I Likesk It" "Ring Me Bell" "Turn the Boat Around"

    #NPRpuns "The Bissell and ShamWow" -- Irish songs about as-seen-on TV cleaning products. Really stretches the "no commercial" format

    #NPRpuns Frosh Air, in-depth conversations about the smells found in freshman dorm rooms

    #NPRpuns "Prairie Home Longtime Companion" -- stories from a town where all the men are good looking and that's all we care about.

    #unlikelysequels Slumdog Millionaire: Tournament of Champions. Brokeback Mountain: The Next Generation. Crash 2:Still Crashin'!

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Moody's Blues and the HP Alliance

    I've gotten great feedback for that DOBBYSOCKS play I wrote for the HP Alliance's "What Would Dumbledore Do" project, including very nice recognition from HPA masters Andrew Slack and Hope Mullinax and a thumbs-up from none other than Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters (!). So I've agreed to write more of these things, maybe addressing every character who died in Deathly Hallows. Here's the latest.


    MOODY’S BLUES

    A very short play by Dean O’Carroll




    Lights up on an endless dining hall, full of hearty VIKING WARRIORS, feasting on endless plates of food and downing enormous tankards of mead and other drink. A rowdy, raucous celebration.

    MOODY enters. His face is healed, both his eyes are his own, as are both his legs.

    MOODY
    Oh, bloody hell! He got me! I’ll kill that little thief next time I see him!

    DUMBLEDORE is there.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Do not be too angry at poor Mundungus, Alastor. He was not wholly responsible for his actions.

    MOODY
    Dumbledore! Well, blast it! If you’re here then I know I’m dead.

    DUMBLEDORE
    I am afraid so.

    MOODY
    And just where the hell is here?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Have a look around.

    MOODY
    Feasting Viking warriors? Spears, shields … carousing? Are we in bloody Valhalla?

    DUMBLEDORE
    The final resting place of heroic Norsemen. A suitable destination for a warrior fallen in battle. I have always thought you were more a Dane than an Antique Roman, to paraphrase a Muggle author of whom I’m rather fond.

    MOODY
    A lucky shot! That red-eyed berk got me right between the eyes, how did I not … Potter! Did Potter make it safely?

    DUMBLEDORE
    By now, Harry Potter is safely at the Burrow.

    MOODY
    And the others? Casualties?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Harry’s owl was killed; young George Weasley suffered a serious, but non-fatal injury; and Hagrid survived a nasty fall.

    MOODY
    Confound it! If I’d’ve been there, I could’ve … Dammit! Dumbledore, I can’t be dead yet! They need me! This battle is not over!

    DUMBLEDORE
    No, it is not, Alastor, but your role in it, alas, is.

    MOODY
    But You-Know-Who’s still out there! And Snape and Lestrange and the rest of ’em! Potter can’t take ’em all alone! He’s just a boy!

    DUMBLEDORE
    My concern for Harry knows no bounds. But there is nothing more we can do for him.

    MOODY
    So just what do you expect me to do, then?

    DUMBLEDORE
    I expect you to help yourself to some venison and mead, and enjoy the rest you have earned so many times over. I assure you, you have no need to fear anyone has poisoned the food or drink. One benefit you’ll find to being dead is that it is now very difficult for anyone to kill you.

    MOODY
    How can you be so calm? Can’t you see there’s a war on?

    DUMBLEDORE
    No for us. Our part in this conflict is done. Now we may partake in the feast before us.

    MOODY
    But I … I can’t …

    DUMBLEDORE
    Alastor, in your long life as an auror, you endured more punishments, more indignities, more suffering than almost anyone I have ever known. You accepted those with stoicism and fortitude. Why then is it so difficult for you to accept a reward, one you so heartily deserve?

    MOODY
    Because … because there are more battles to be fought!

    DUMBLEDORE
    And they will be fought by other brave souls, souls who will take your life and your sacrifice as inspiration, and be all the stronger for it. But you must let go, Alastor, and accept that you have discharged your duty.

    MOODY
    I … I don’t know if I can.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Try the mead, Alastor. It is as sweet as you could possibly wish.

    DUMBLEDORE raises a glass and toasts MOODY.

    DUMBLEDORE
    To the heroes who have been, and the heroes yet to be.

    They drink.

    MOODY
    That’s damn fine mead, Dumbledore.

    A LOUD SOUND. Heads turn as a FROST GIANT bursts into the room. VIKINGS attack him.

    MOODY
    What the bloody hell is that?

    DUMBLEDORE
    That is a Frost Giant. This would hardly be a paradise for warriors if there were not new battles to be fought, and new glories to be won.

    MOODY
    Well why didn’t you say so?

    MOODY grabs his wand and charges in.

    MOODY
    Stand aside, you horn headed Muggle fools! Let Moody handle this overgrown icicle!

    MOODY and the VIKINGS charge off, battle the FROST GIANT. DUMBLEDORE smiles and sips again.

    DUMBLEDORE
    It truly is excellent mead.

    Lights fade.



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    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    DobbySocks and the HP Alliance

    The Harry Potter Alliance, a group dedicated to the spirit and messages of the Potter books, and to spreading those into the real world, is having a "What Would Dumbledore Do" event, encouraging members to write blog posts about Dumbledore's philosophy and what we learned from it. I, of course, wrote a play:




    DOBBYSOCKS

    A very short play
    By Dean O’Carroll


    Lights up on what appears to be a clothing store devoted entirely to socks.

    DOBBY THE HOUSE ELF enters, mesmerized.

    DOBBY
    Where is Dobby? One moment ago, Dobby was saving Harry Potter from the nasty Mrs. Bellatrix Lestrange and then Dobby felt something sharp and now Dobby is … Dobby is very confused!

    ALBUS DUMBLEDORE is there.

    DUMBLEDORE
    Ah, hello, Dobby. We have been expecting you.

    DOBBY
    Oh, Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore! Dobby is so very pleased to see you! Dobby was so sad when you were killed! Dobby is not worthy to be in the same place with your greatness!

    DUMBLEDORE
    Please, Dobby, there is no need for that. We are all equals here.

    DOBBY
    But … where is … here?

    DUMBLEDORE
    What does it look like to you?

    DOBBY
    It looks like … a store … full of socks! Socks! Nothing but socks! Socks are Dobby’s favorite, sir! Is this heaven, Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, sir?

    DUMBLEDORE
    That I could not say, but, surely, if you love socks, shouldn’t you be enjoying all of these?

    DOBBY
    Well, I … I … Oh! Dobby is free!

    DOBBY spends several minutes romping wildly through the socks. Suddenly, he stops.

    DOBBY
    But, Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, why are you here with Dobby?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Oh, surely you know, Dobby, that I, too, am a lover of socks. When young Harry Potter asked me what I see when I look into the Mirror of Erised, I told him I see my heart’s desire – a good pair of socks.

    DOBBY
    And was that true, Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Well, Dobby, I lived a very long life and during that time I made many choices I regret and lost many people that I cherished. So most often when I glimpsed that mirror, I saw myself reunited with those lost people, and opportunities. But on other days – good days -- days when I had no ongoing feud with the Ministry of Magic or the Hogwarts Board, when my battles with Lucius Malfoy had temporarily abated, and when no dark forces threatened my students’ lives, I did indeed see myself with socks.

    DOBBY
    But surely a great, great man, such as Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, must have more important desires! Surely something so simple as socks, which make Dobby so happy, cannot mean so much to you!

    DUMBLEDORE
    But don’t you see, Dobby, how truly powerful tiny things can be? Was it not a simple sock that set you free? And now, years later, has not that freedom allowed you to save Harry Potter’s life? Think of the tiny things and little pleasures that have played so great a role in this tale of which we have been a part – a locket, a stone, a diary … a treacle tart.

    DOBBY
    Kreacher told Dobbby that the Great Harry Potter loves treacle tarts!

    DUMBLEDORE
    You see? Imagine a boy of his age with the burdens he bears. How could he ever be expected to take pleasure in anything? Yet, for those few, fleeting moments between lips and stomach, a treacle tart brings him joy and the strength to continue. Little pleasures, Dobby, the smallest things are what keep us going, and allow us to carry on. I’m certain I would never have discovered the twelve uses for Dragon’s Blood if I hadn’t fortified my pockets with sherbet lemons and acid pops. And I know I never would have defeated Gellert Grindelwald if I weren’t wearing a truly stupendous pair of socks that day.

    DOBBY
    … Socks.

    DUMBLEDORE
    … Socks.

    DOBBY
    Would Mr. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore like to try on socks with Dobby?

    DUMBLEDORE
    Nothing would give me greater, simpler pleasure. Come! I saw a magnificent selection of argyles over here.

    DOBBY and DUMBLEDORE exit together.




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    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    The Day the Music Didn't Die

    There was a series of Tweets on Twitter today by the members of The Whomping Willows, The Moaning Myrtles and Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills. Apparently they were driving to a gig together and narrowly avoided a tornado, thanks to some clever driving by Whompy.

    Well, first of all, thank the stars for that! I'm very glad that everyone is okay, as is the rest of fandom.

    I mean, heaven forbid, they hadn't made it, they would have become the Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper of Wrock (I'll let them argue over which is which). And then someone would have had to write a parody of American Pie about it all.

    You can see where I'm going with this, right?

    Okay, here it is. It's not a parody of the whole song, which is longer than Order of the Phoenix. I cut out a few of the later verses, following the same structure "Weird Al" Yankovic did when he wrote his parody of this song about The Phantom Menace.

    If any of the subjects of his song read this, please don't be creeped out that I'm writing a song that sort of asks "what if you died." Just ... doing something to keep myself from doing my real job.

    Oh, and the lyrics don't make much sense, but remember what I was working with.

    The Day The Wizard Wrock Didn't Die
    a parody of "American Pie" by Don McLean
    New lyrics by Dean O'Carroll

    Not that long ago...
    I can still remember
    When music was a Muggle thing
    Then Joe and Paul said “if we wrock,
    Then we could make those people flock
    To come and hear us play and sing.”

    But June came in with quite a shocker
    A brush with death for several wrockers:
    A big tornado tried to kill
    Wompy, Myrtle, and the Quills

    But Wompy got them through the ride
    And with relief all fandom sighed
    That today would not be set aside
    (as) The day wrock music died.

    And we’re not sayin’

    Bye, bye to those Wizard Rock Guys
    Drove their pistons through a twistin’
    Air cone in the sky
    And since that is not a real fun way to fly
    We’re seein’ all the fangirls cry
    Like when they saw Diggory die

    Now we’ve all read those books by Jo,
    And listened to Matt Maggiacomo,
    And Draco and the rest of them
    Do you believe in Wizard Rock,
    A gift even better than Dobby’s sock,
    And can you sing like Riddle T.M.?

    Experienced too much Butterbeer?
    We’ll cut you off, like George’s ear
    But we’ll all do some whoopin’
    With help from the Remus Lupins

    Oh yeah, the Hogwarts Trainwreck does the trick
    With a little help from Swish and Flick,
    But thinking of it just makes me sick
    The day wrock music died.

    And we’re not singin’

    Bye, bye to those Wizard Rock Guys
    Drove their pistons through a twistin’
    Air cone in the sky
    And now there’s no more EP’s to buy
    I’m alone, asking “why, oh why?”
    Wipe tears from my Ipod’s eye

    Bella, tella fella who is yella
    Will we be safe in your cyclone cella?
    To eat some pasta with a basilisk
    Did you Catchlove with Forge and Gred
    With a face on Alas Earwax’s head
    And spin a Grand Pres disk

    Oh, it started rainin’ cats and dogs,
    And Acid Pops and Chocolate Frogs.
    But remember how we enjoyed
    The Parselmouths and Oliver Boyd
    While the Aurors jam along with Tonks
    Don’t get peeved if the tourbus honks
    At Hermione and Crook-shonks (?)
    Don’t let wrock music die

    Don’t be singin’

    Bye, bye to those Wizard Rock Guys
    Drove their pistons through a twistin’
    Air cone in the sky
    And they tweeted with some very high-speed wi-fi
    OMG we R all gonna die!
    OMG we R all gonna die!

    I met DJ Luna L
    And those Quaffle Kids as well
    And Tom Riddle helped me make some friends
    So we went to Itunes store
    To search for blood, either mud or pure
    Because we knew this couldn’t be the end

    And in the Ministry of Magic
    ‘Everything was mighty tragic,
    Sleeping dragons were awoken
    ‘Cause Ginny’s heart was broken

    And three bands I admire most
    The Fletchley, tree, and the toilet ghost,
    Can send this message by Owl Post
    Today, no wrock music died

    So we’re not singin’

    Bye, bye to those Wizard Rock Guys
    Drove their pistons through a twistin’
    Air cone in the sky
    Got through the hail that was tennis-ball-sized
    Sayin’ this won’t be the day that we die!
    Sayin’ this won’t be the day that we die!

    Instead we’re singin’

    My, I love those Wizard Rock Guys
    That tornada’ woulda made a
    Lesser group of folks cry
    But they got through it just as easy as pie
    And wizard rock refuses to die

    Sunday, May 31, 2009

    Dean on The Remembrall Live

    Yes, another one!

    I spoke with C'Belle at the Remembrall Live podcast a few weeks ago. You can listen to episode 57 here. Once again, it was a great time. I'm so pleased, and not surprised, how many of these Potter Podcasters are also the Drama Kids at their schools. Well, C'Belle goes to a performing arts school, so they're, like, ALL the drama kids, but you get my point. She and I wound up talking long after the real interview was over, about matters theatrical and playwrighterly.

    Also, this episode includes not only the SALLY clip I recorded with Crissy, but also another scene I recorded with some of the Remembrall crew. That was great fun, and I got to play both Ryebread and Underdrawers. Will you be able to tell they're both me? Um ... yes. Mel Blanc I ain't.

    Every contact I make with fandom reminds me how full of smart, fun people it is. One of my goals with this play was to praise J. K. Rowling for what she has created. Learning more about the fandom she has spawned ... well, now I know what to praise in the sequel.

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Dean on the Accio Potter Podcast


    My ongoing plan to become ubiquitous in the Potter Podcastosphere procedes apace. Now you can hear the first ever interview I did about SALLY COTTER, with the Accio Potter Podcast. I recorded this in April, before I knew the play would be published earlier than I'd been told, and before I realized the kids I saw reading a Potter book in 2009 were reading Chamber of Secrets, not Prisoner of Azkaban. It took a little while longer to get this one up because they had to edit it together. See, I was recording my end and Shannon, my interviewer, was recording hers. This leads to a couple of jumpy edits (we actually did this over the course of two days) and at one point I seem highly egotistical asking Shannon what her favorite part of my brilliant play was. But I promise it flowed naturally from our conversation! Oh, and I'm not blaming Shannon! All her edits make total sense and were necessary!

    Now that I've mentioned the few TINY little problems ... It's a great interview. Shannon was great to talk to, and I've really come to like the whole Accio gang. And I quite like that I'm not the WHOLE SHOW this time, just one segment on an episode full of news, discussion and general bonhomie.

    Please drop by Accio Potter and friend me on Potter Profiles. If you do, once I rule the world, I will spare you and your loved ones.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    how I tweeted away a perfectly good workday

    That's right, gang! I'm on Twitter and you can follow me like exhaustion followed LeakyCon (which looks like it was a total blast and I'm really jealous I couldn't go). My name, if course deanocarroll

    Yesterday, I got on a jag of tweeting "Tweets from Fairy Tale Characters." Here's what I wrote. If you feel so compelled, g'head and add more with the obligatory #tweetsfromfairytalecharacters tag.

    Living with seven guys! Don't tell dad!

    What the hell is this big green thing in my yard?

    Going to grandma's! Dammit! Forgot flowers!

    Traded my voice for legs by I can still Tweet! Take that, Sea-Beyotch!

    Tip for campers – breadcrumbs no substitute for map and compass

    Anyone find a shoe at the ball last night?

    I've been asleep for 100 years! How can I still be tired?

    Um ... okay, if YOU gave birth to a magic dwarf who could spin straw into gold, what would YOU name him?

    These instructions are in Swedish! Last time I buy a house of twigs from Ikea.

    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    Siriusly Potter


    Hey, when it rains, it pours! Last week I spoke to the young and very impressive folks over at The Siriusly Potter Podcast. I'm having such a great time doing these interviews. I hope it comes across when you listen. It's edited and up and downloadable!

    You can check it out here.

    Interview with Harry Potter's Page Cast is now up!


    I've done a bunch of interviews with Podcasts, as I've said, but this one wins the lickety-split award for getting it up and on iTunes the same day we recorded it!

    (That's no knock against the other episodes who haven't edited theirs together yet! You guys rule, too!)

    I had a great time talking to Michelle and Duan and now you can hear our conversation here.

    Saturday, May 9, 2009

    Sally Cotter audio clip!

    It occurred to me, that since I keep promoting this play on podcasts -- which has been SO MUCH fun; I'll let you know when they're available -- it would be handy to have a clip to play, like when celebrities go on talk shows to promote their movies. So I invited my friend Cristina Cimellaro over last night to record a short scene from the beginning of the play. You might recognize Crissy as the bride in that Sprint commercial where the bride winds up marrying the substitute groom. Crissy's great, and, while we did this quickly and cheaply, I think it's pretty cute. My "Ryebread" voice is ... a very nice effort. I don't know how to imbed an audio clip on Blogger, so I made it into a fake movie.

    video

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Harry, A History, A Movie

    Melissa Anelli of Pottercast and The Leaky Cauldron was trapped in an airport the other day and asked her Twitter followers to tweet questions at her, for her to answer on her vlog. (Think how little sense that sentence would have made ten years ago) She was kind enough to answer some of mine, but didn’t have time to answer one I asked about what actors should be cast when they make the movie version of her book Harry, A History. She apparently has discussed this (not that there is going to be, or will ever be a movie … unless WB gets REALLY hungry for more Potter) with Matt Maggiacomo (AKA The Whomping Willows), but didn’t have their list on hand. So … I made my own.



    Melissa, our hero … Jenna Fisher
    A fan suggested Amy Adams. Now, I love Amy Adams, but she’s far too fairy-princess for Melissa. If we’re casting hot-young-thang actresses, I’d prefer Anne Hathaway. Now, I think of Melissa as having a strong New York Italian streak (as Boston Irish, I find that a little intimidating … I was very glad to learn Melissa is not a Yankees fan), and my go-to actress for NY Italian (under 40) is Alyssa Milano. Hey, if you grew up as a straight adolescent boy in the late-eighties/early-nineties you were required, by law, to have a crush on Alyssa Milano, Christina Applegate, and/or one of the “Saved by the Bell” girls. It’s not my call, it was the law. But Milano’s not quite right. I briefly considered newish “SNL” castmember Casey Wilson, who is taller and more zaftig than Melissa, but has somewhat similar features. But in the end I went with Fisher, who has the comic and dramatic chops for the role. Watch her on Season 3 of “The Office” sometime – it might be the best television acting of this decade.

    John, Melissa’s Pottercast cohost … Justin Long
    Yeah, the Mac and PC guy. He would really be perfect. He can do the schtick, do the cool, and get serious if he needs to.

    Sue, Melissa’s other Pottercast cohost … Drew Barrymore
    I found Sue hardest to cast. But thinking of Justin Long made me think of his ex, Miss Barrymore. I think she could pull off the squeeing and make it seem cute, not cloying.

    JK Rowling, okay, maybe SHE’S the hero … Jennifer Ehle
    Sadly, the late Natasha Richardson would have been perfect. Miranda Richardson (no relation), yes, Rita Skeeter herself, comes to mind, as does Emma “Professor Trelawney” Thompson, though both are a little old. Nicole Kidman is closer in age, but it would be nice to stay British. Ehle doesn’t look that much like Rowling, but she’s the right age and was so good in Pride and Prejudice (the miniseries, not the recent movie).

    Laura Mallory, anti-Potter crusader … Missi Pyle
    If you saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, she played Mrs. Beauregard. I think this would be a variation on that, with a southern accent. (now that I look at her on IMDB, she actually looks a little like Sue … only a little, though)

    Harry and the Potters, Wrock Pioneers …Two out of the three Jonas Brothers.
    Okay, I know very little about the Jonas Brothers, but they are brothers in a band and they would probably attract teen girls to the movie.

    Emerson Spartz, Mugglenet muckymuck ... Anton Yelchin
    Okay, I kinda pulled that one out of my toochis, but why not?

    Matt Maggiacamo, Whomping Willow … Seth Rogen
    He, he’s lost a lot of weight recently!

    Cheryl Klein, Scholastic Muckymuck, got to read the books before all of us … Elizabeth Mitchell
    I have no idea how old Cheryl is. Probably younger than Mitchell, but the casting still works, I think.