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Thursday, November 6, 2014 5A

EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Rude Mechanicals' Othello CAMPUS
By Emilie Plesset, Weekend Roundup Editor I Photos by Rita Morris, Daily Staff Photographer
T his weekend, the both his life and marriage. Th sa
University's straight After Othello promotes
play theatre group Rude another soldier over Iago, the "Obvious Child"
Mechanicals will open its fall villain maliciously plots against screening
play in the Lydia Mendelssohn Othello, poisoning his military n
Theatre with an adaption career and planting suspicions 7:15 p.m.
of Shakespeare's tragedy, of infidelity into his marriage. Rackham Auditorium

"Othello."
Rather than performing the
play in its traditional 17th-
century setting, LSA junior
and "Othello" director Clare
Brennan hopes to emphasize
the play's dynamic characters
by creating a
more modern -
background to
deemphasize "W e're
the distraction
of a historical our owi
setting.
Brennan said
the modernized
setting makes
the play's
symbolism and themes more
visible.
"We're creating our own
world where it exists," she said.
"I've put myself into it and dug
really deep into the themes of
the show and how they wrap
themselves in there."
The Shakespearean tragedy
examines the destructive
nature of jealousy and suspicion
through its main character,
Othello, a Moorish general
in Venice, as his deceitful
relationship with Iago, an
envious solider and rival, ruins

"This play really stuck out
as something that connected
to me as a student and as a
young person," Brennan said.
"Especially the way it wraps
up in the end, it very much is
left hanging. A lot of it is very
much in, the
audience's
hands to
' creating decipher and
figure out
n world." after they
leave."
Brennan
said she
thinks the
play's themes
of jealousy and betrayal as well
as the conflict of love versus lust
will resonate with students.
"It is really a play that asks us
a lot of direct questions about
instances in your life," Brennan
said. "We've all been through
something like this and it kind
of puts it on us a little bit."
In addition to performing a
Shakespearean play in the fall,
Rude Mechanicals will perform
a contemporary piece during
winter semester. The theatre
group has yet to choose next
semester's play.

TASA Dumpling Night
7-9 p.m.
Trotter Multicultural
Center
Chai & Samosas
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Quad
"Extraordinary" with
Jerry Mills
12 -1:30 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium
Rude Mechanicals:
Othello
7 p.m.
Mendelssohn Theatre
Polish Film Festival
7 p.m.
Michigan Theatre
Museum at Night
5 - 8 p.m.
Ruthven Museums
Kalyara: The Spark of
Festivity
6:30 p.m.
Hill Auditorium
S saturday,11/ 8
MACFest
7 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium

UPPE: Music, Tneatre & Dance seniors Matt uaniels ant Danielte Cohn renearse Utnetlo at tne Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. LOWER: Music, Theatre & Dance junior Emily Shimskey and Cohn during the
Wednesday evening rehearsal.

to do this
weekend

By JACLYN NAGEL
Daily Weekend Contributor
We've been at school for
over two months now, and
you're probably tired of frat
parties and Netflix mara-
thons. Or maybe you're not.
Either way, you should still
try to do something new this
weekend. If you don't like it,
I promise you can go back to
your smelly fraternity base-
ments next weekend. But
wouldn't youlike more memo-
ries besides barhopping when
you leave after graduation?
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Take advantage of these
last few days of fall (and
above-freezing temperatures)

by visiting a local cider mill.
Pretty soon all of them will be
shutting down for the winter,
so go and get your last fix of
fall pictures and homemade
donuts before it's too late' If
you're lucky, maybe they will.
even have roasted almonds
for sale.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
This Saturday night, the
State Theatre will be showing
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
at midnight. Though I know
next to nothing about the
movie, I do know that seeing a
midnight movie in Ann Arbor
is on my bucket list.
Take this opportunity to
cross it off of yours, consid-
ering you're probably still

recovering from Halloweek
anyway. Plus, midnight mov-
ies are only $7, which is defi-
nitely a win when you're as
broke as I am.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
In case you can't go a week
without football, ditch cam-
pus for the day and head
down to Ford Field. The
Detroit Lions will be playing
the Miami Dolphins and it is
sure to be a fun day in the D.
BONUS: Ford Field is indoors
so you won't turn into a walk-
ing popsicle like at the Big
House last weekend. Maybe
you'll even get to celebrate a
win, a feeling that we Michi-
gan students are slowly start-
ing to remember.

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By BRAD WHIPPLE
WeekendRoundupEditor
When I tell people I play for
I the Michigan Quidditch team,
people typically roll their eyes
or giggle. Then the two big
questions follow: "Who's the
snitch?" and "Do you fly?"
The snitch is a runner who
is trained to tackle, backpedal
and defend a ball hanging by
a Velcro strap at all costs - it
ends the game, and one mis-
step could end a team's season.
The brooms don't fly, but
are still between players' legs
anyway. They're PVC pipes
that are lightweight, sleek and
don't draw all the attention
and questionable looks that an
actual broom would.
It seems funny to envision
running around while hold-
ing a broom and trying to
score a semi-deflated volley-
ball by throwing it through a
set of three hoops staked in
the ground. But it's possibly
the most fun I've ever experi-
enced.
And some may think that
the players don't take it very
seriously, since it's neither a
club nor a varsity sport.
But we put just as much

heart into it as anyteam would,
and we exhibit just as much
commitment to improving our
skills.
We love winning, we love
the celebration that follows a
snitch catch, and we want to
bathe in that glory this week-
end when we travel to Grand
Rapids for our regional Mid-
west Cup.
For many teams, this week-
end means a bid to the Quid-
ditch World Cup VIII in April.
Being held in Rock Hill, S.C.,
the World Cup is an inter-
national event that draws
thousands of spectators and
includes the best 80 teams.
But it's not an easy road.
The game is more physical and
grueling than most are led to
believe. Quidditch is a full-con-
tact sport. At the World Cup,
the stakes are higher, and play-
ers don't mess around as many
are vulnerable to injuries.
But like any other sport,
there are rules to keep players
safe - you can't wrap around
the neck, you can't infringe
upon a defenseless player and
you can't lead with your shoul-
der when making a collision.
As a result, the rate of injuries
has decreased through the

years with better officiating.
As an unpredictable and
natural aspect of sports, inju-
ries don't detract from how fun
it is to play the game. We have
an elaborate playbook of calls
for use during games, we have
to think on our feet to make
smart choices and we have
phenomenal talent all around.
Additionally, the social aspect
of meeting people with diverse
interests and backgrounds
makes being a partofthe group
all the more meaningful.
Aside from playing, the
Quidditch team does a lot for
the community. To try and
spread the enjoyment of the
game, the team attends birth-
day parties to teach younger
kids how to play. Quidditch
also hosts a Yule Ball every
winter semester, which draws
more than 300 students.
Quidditch may always
have the reputation of being
an imaginary game from
J.K. Rowling's "Harry Pot-
ter" series. But the real-life
adaptation has been gradually
garnering the respect it has
desired and deserved.
And for those who give it a
try, it can be much more than
words on a page.

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