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Pennsic 2016….

Greatest Pennsic 2016 accomplishment – not getting a heat stroke.

Less significant, but still very happy about: taught four classes:  Baba-Yaga, the Fairy Tale and Legend Workshop, Vampires – Separating Fiction from Fiction, and Writing Scenarios for Commedia dell’Arte.

The classes went very well, but there is always room for improvement. Next year will  separate the section on vampire burials out of the main class,  as I have too much information to cram it into my vampire handout.

Will need to rework the Scenario writing class as well. I requested a one hour time slot for it, and it is plenty for the scenario writing part. However, I did not count on students wanting more information on the history of commedia and characters in period. Next year, I will have to teach it as a two hour class, like my Fairy Tale workshop, or separate it into two classes, and teach them back to back (even though it will eat into my four class limit with Pennsic University, unless I find another venue….)

All the Pennsic 2016 handouts are uploaded, the Scenario class does not have a separate handout, as I am using the Compleat Anachronist 172.

Also, I saw my scenarii performed by I Genesii ( A Dutiful Daughter, with TRMs of Aethelmearc Byron and Ariella and Princess Leah as very special guests!)  and by Pennsic All-Stars (Three weddings and a funeral).

Posted scenarios to follow!

Compleat Anachronist # 172: Characters and Scenarios of Early Commedia dell’Arte

It’s finally written, edited, edited, more edited, printed, bound, mailed and received!

If you want a hard copy, and you are a CA subscriber, you already probably have one! If you are not a subscriber, and want a copy, order from the website. If you are quite content with a digital document, you can find it here:

Compleat Anachronist 172 : Characters and Scenarios of Early Commedia dell’Arte

It does not quite give you the experience of holding the booklet in your hands, but it’s good enough! For those of you who want to enhance your digital experience by looking at the cover of the CA first, here is the cover art and the link to the actual cover is below:

CA ink

CA 172 cover

The drawing was done on cream paper with walnut ink, based on the Recueil Fossard engravings form mid 1580’s.



Vampires- Separating Fiction from Fiction

Well, it’s been a while since I taught this vampire class – I taught it at Pennsic from 2009 to 2011, and then put it on hold, as there was very little new information available.

But, a lot of new information came out, including some wonderful archaeological evidence on medieval revenants, so tomorrow I am teaching it again at Sunderoak A&S night!

This is the handout, with minimal changes, I am planning on revamping it (pun intended), and adding additional references, pending several interlibrary loan items coming through. But, for now, here is the Vampires – Separating Fiction from Fiction!