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May 9, 2006    


The annual Coto de Caza Shakespearean Festival kicks off May 11, 2006, with the adaptation Macbeth by none other than the Board of Directors’ President, The Baro himself.

The Shakespearean classic Macbeth, is about a noble warrior who gets caught up in a struggle for power. Supernatural events and Macbeth's ruthless wife play a major role in his downfall. In this modern version of Macbeth,  the Baro has six warriors, some are noble, some are not.  Then Baro issues a challenge to the citizenship to determine who the noble warrior is (two withdraw, but the astute Baro does not inform the citizenship so he can manipulate the results)  To make it more interesting, in this adaptation,  all the kings horses and all the kings man do everything they can to confuse the citizenship so they will not be able to tell what is going on, how many warriors there are.  In the end, the Baro has already hand-picked two not so noble warriors who will join him in the 2006-2007 edition of the Coto de Caza Board of Directors:  Thaggard and Zipperman.

Once the true noble warrior, played by Yocham, realizes that Candidates’ Night has just  been  a Sham, goes into a passionate soliloquy:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this Coto place from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Candidates’ Night is  walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.


Macbeth is followed by a modern version of  King Lear.  KL  is a tragic story of an old man's descent into madness as his world crumbles around him. It is also a tale of Lear's pride and his blindness to the truth about his three daughters and others around him.

In this modern adaptation of KL, there is a Quixotic hunt for $1.54 million dollars, originally intended to correct construction defects in and around  the Coto de Caza Fair Oaks district, then mysteriously allocated to repair of common areas to the dismay of residents, and then apparently the money vanishes in thin air.

Coto’s Shakespeare Festival closes May 25, 2006 with the production of Much Ado About Nothing.  Unlike Shakespeare's earliest comedic works, the humor of Much Ado about Nothing does not depend upon funny situations. While it shares some standard devices with those earlier plays (misperceptions, disguises, false reports), the comedy of Much Ado derives from the characters themselves and the manners of the highly-mannered society in which they live.  In Coto’s version, everything is funny:  The situations, misperceptions, disguises and false reports.  The end result is that two new candidates are crowned members of the Coto de Caza board of directors:  Thaggard and Zipperman!.




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As they say in Texas, "Remember the Alamo".  Next year unless the current incompetent CZ Board and their suppliers pull some shenanigans which would not surprise me one bit, we should have direct popular elections.  That will be the time to get rid of the current incompetent CZ Board since they are guilty of fiscal mismanagement, squandering our monies, subsidizing outside groups, exposing us to danger and liability on our streets, ignoring legal agreements, and causing fiasco after fiasco. 

The Varo/Mezger/Thagard/Hill team has been the most corrupt, ethically challenged, incompetent CZ Board in the history of Coto.  Next year,  we will take that message to all our Members and let them decide if they want all the fiascos to continue.  Joe Morabito


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