About: Valerie Tu

My name is Valerie, and I'm fresh out of UC Berkeley, with a brain full of art history and theater and a heart full of backstage shenanigans, cookie recipes, and purposely awful poems. Strangers describe me as a complete nerd (no Big Bang Theory comparisons, please!) while my friends are more familiar with me as a "nerd poseur." Willingly, and delusionally, a stage manager, I am primarily fueled by techie talk and sweets. On any given day, you can probably find me tracking down actors, playing with a light board, watching Doctor Who, or reading Wikipedia pages about movies.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum, Voices

Getty Voices: Backstage at the Villa

AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.
AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.

What does it take create live theater? Art, creativity, plotting, paperwork, energy, love, and tears. Plus lots of caffeine. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      08/31/15

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