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Summer time, and the speaking is easy, which is good because I have a bit of a sore throat. Just finished a week’s vacation around this beautiful island with my son, and the constant switch between oppressive heat and arctic air conditioning has run havoc with my vocal chords. We ate junk food, surfed, and played games, but we also spent a bit of time reading. Apart from schoolwork, I took a turn through Edgar Alan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.”

We ate junk food, surfed, and played games, but we also spent a bit of time reading. Apart from schoolwork, I took a turn through Edgar Alan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.”

Apart from schoolwork, I took a turn through Edgar Alan Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.” I don’t recall reading this one before, but Poe is one of my favorite writers. This Halloween, there will be a performance at Taipei’s Red Room of an adaptation of the short story for a cast of 7 readers. Our first rehearsal is coming up this week.

The adaptation, by William Adams, is fast-paced. There is no dialogue in the story, save for Prince Prospero’s WTF moment on the penultimate page. The challenge will be to establish the mood of a wild party in the midst of a plague on the streets. Adams’ script brings the atmosphere of the ball with its lively dance to life through the cadences of the readers. I can’t wait to hear what it sounds like with all seven of us in the same room together!

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