As You Like It character map

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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AYL: relationship Venn

So I’m putting together the script for As You Like It, right?

And I’m trying to think of things that would help the actors. So I’m thinking of including a little Venn diagram of character relationships…

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AYL: a break

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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AYL: first pass of text complete

OK, so I’ve completed the first pass through the As You Like It text.

Some thoughts and reflections:

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, September 17th, 2018

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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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AYL: diversity

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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AYL: double, double, toil, and … well, work, really

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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AYL: laying the textual groundwork

OK, so step one in the pre-production process: creating the text.

What, you say… you need to prep Shakespeare?

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A new (blog?) direction…

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.

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, September 10th, 2018

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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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