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I know, it’s been a looooooong time since the last infographic, but preproduction on the new As You Like It show has stopped the drought!
Check out the brand spankin’ new As You Like It character map…
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OK, so yesterday, I talked about getting through a first pass of the text, and seeing the need for re-sequencing of scenes to assist in cast-size reduction. And I had hinted at a discussion of the placement of intermission for this upcoming production of As You Like It.
After the jump are some pretty intensive spoilers, so if you want to come to the play without knowing where I’m thinking of taking it… do not read on.
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OK, so I’ve completed the first pass through the As You Like It text.
Some thoughts and reflections:
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes political detainees, diversity, and new documents, PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history. This week, I sport my own “No Museum Shakespeare” teeshirt available from RedBubble!
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On Friday, I discussed some of my pre-production text work on As You Like It, and how it is leading me toward casting–or at least role-creation–decisions. Characters being paired or grouped together so that they may be played by the same actor. This helps limit the size of the cast without cutting characters.
I had mentioned that I already had a tentative list of character roles but I demurred on releasing that list until I talked about something else.
And that something else is diversity.
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As You Like It has 27 characters. That’s way too many, at least for community theater. Logistically, it would be… well, let’s just say, difficult. Costuming. Dressing rooms. Production costs through the roof.
So, how to solve this problem?
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OK, so step one in the pre-production process: creating the text.
What, you say… you need to prep Shakespeare?
With As You Like It, it’s not as big a deal as with some other plays. The text is pretty straightforward. It’s first appearance was in the First Folio, 1623. So there’s no earlier version (for example, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet have earlier Quarto editions). Here’s the process:
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OK, so Monday, I ran the announcement by Camarillo Skyway Playhouse that I would be directing As You Like It in the new year.
Needless to say, I am very, very excited.
And even in the midst of the home-stretch (and I mean the last few days) of my Masters thesis, and the midst of the run of Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room (for which we finally got our first review… and it’s a goodie–may share it in the next few days), and in the opening days of Bus Stop (…yes, ANOTHER play: we just started rehearsals… and I finally have a reason to get out the old six-string), I’m prepping this new As You Like It show…
As of now, there’s no certainty as to performance dates. Rumor has it that it may be the first show out of the gate, so we’ll need to see when we’ll get this process moving, but just to be safe, I’m prepping.
And here’s where the blog is going…
I will be sharing the directorial process as we go… These directorial blog entries will have titles prefixed with “AYL:” so if you don’t care to watch the sausage being made… or you don’t want any spoilers before you COME AND SEE the show, you can skip the entries pretty easily. I will still do the “This Week in Shakespeare” videos, but for now, we’re gonna go directing now…
Buckle up: it’s gonna be a bump(il)y (fun) ride….
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes pics, idioms, a pub crawl, not a single review as the summer Shakespeare season winds down, PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history. This week, I sport my own Periodic Table of Shakespeare teeshirt available from RedBubble!
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I am absolutely THRILLED to announce that I will be directing AS YOU LIKE IT for Camarillo Skyway Playhouse next year... (and check out those other plays and directors... I'm humbled just to be included) ... I have some ideas bouncing around in my head already!
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