"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide

"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela

"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh Shakespeare ...

I don't know what it is about Shakespeare, even a watered down script meant for kids ages 8-13, but if I don't read the text out loud I don't get it. And sometimes I need to read and re-read a section of text before I "get it". Shakespeare totally intimidates me as a director. And I wonder why this is. Is this abnormal? Is this because I was raised in the United States and didn't really study any classical texts until I was in College/Grad School?

I think I stress myself silly where the old Bard is concerned. Like I worry that even though I know what Iambic Pentameter is, that I "don't get it" ... can't explain it ... how would I teach it ... etc ... I am a donkey!

Not a good complex to have when researching and working on the show I'll be doing my first week with Stone Soup Theatre.

I know I can do it, and I know I understand it ... it's Midsummer ... and I even understand the full length version, not just the watered down script meant for kids ages 8-13. But still, I stress. I want to be able to get these kids to understand what they are saying ... I guess, what it really amounts too, is that I want more confidence in this area of theatre ... Shakespeare.

You know what they say, you learn by doing ... so here I am, continuing to learn ... while doing! :o)

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