Held in one of the best gardens in the city (and in the Garden State, that’s a tough call) under the setting sun, as the warmth of the day starts to fade – a stone’s through from the Shrine of Remembrance and the Observatory – the ASC put on this classic every year.
Rugs and picnic dinners spread everywhere, people sprawl on the lawn to watch the tangle of lovers and fae on stage as the sky above fades from blue to pink, to violet then deep blue with winking stars and fruit bats on silent wing overhead. The dew settles and the wine glasses swap to coffee mugs as Puck announces intermission amidst playful acrobatic faerie antics…and I wonder distantly if the ASC has been training with the NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts).
Naturally my favorite character is Puck (I’ve a soft spot for tricksters….as I’ve found a lot of storytellers have), and by the time the show closed “If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended….” I was about ready to move in to the garden and start being a full time faerie myself.
I’ve got almost everything gathered for the faerie rade this year. Just a few fancies to add a final touch to.
This year I have given up my crown to the new Queen elect and will be traveling around in a much more roguish role as a sort of Herald/Host and incidental storyteller with my dear friend Will (obviously he won’t be telling….but he’ll be loud-mouthing with me).