AYL: the 1992 version

So, as part of my due diligence, directing As You Like It, I like to go back and look at some of the past versions of the play that I can find on film or video.

Today, the 1992 version…

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AYL: staging

A while back, when I was discussing the creation of the rehearsal schedule for As You Like It, I said that I was a visual guy. Trying to come up with the set design for the production, I felt like I needed a model.

But of course before I could build a model, I had to get some measurements…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, November 12th, 2018

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes just a couple of stories. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Blessed

I live in Ventura County. And the past week here has been challenging.

Between a mass shooting and a pair of intensely damaging wildfires, my county has been hit hard.

I am lucky, so very lucky. I was personally untouched by both. Friends and friends of friends not so much.

I’m not a religious person, so I won’t say my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected (and that phrase, quite frankly, has lost so much of its sincerity and power in recent years that I would be wary of using it anyway), but those folks are most definitely in my thoughts.

As–because of yesterday’s (and today’s observed) Veterans Day–is my late father.

I miss him and my mother. What is it like to have strength? Real strength? I wish I knew.

Instead, I can only take solace in knowing that I’m lucky. Blessed.

Outside the wind is howling, and the flames I’m sure are rising up again.

Be strong. Stay strong.

And now for something completely different…

No As You Like It today… but not to worry, gentles, I do have something for you. And with apologies to Monty Python, it’s something completely different.

Yesterday, I found this article on a new production that’s taking place in Minnesota…

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AYL: the 1978 BBC version (Oh, Hel[en])

So, as part of my due diligence, directing As You Like It, I like to go back and look at some of the past versions of the play that I can find on film or video.

This week, the 1978 version…

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AYL: toying with scenic ideas…

Been thinking of the single giant tree to dominate the set of As You Like It

I’ve gone through a number of iterations in my thinking: 3D, not 3D, realistic, not realistic, primitive (almost like a child’s drawing), cartoonish… Nothing has felt right. Yesterday, I saw a Keith Haring piece from 1985, and this is closer…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, November 5th, 2018

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes 2019 season announcements, a racist denouncement, Branagh’s new movie, and a lot of reviews. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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AYL: scheduling rehearsals redux

So, Friday, I was all happy and proud of myself that I had completed the rehearsal schedule for As You Like It.

As a famed half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder once said, “Don’t get cocky, kid.”

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AYL: scheduling rehearsals

Now that rehearsals (or at least read-throughs) have begun for As You Like It, it’s helpful to let the actors know when they need to be there (because, needless to say, with all the characters in the play, not everyone needs to be there every night)…

For those who really want to know #howthesausagegetsmade … here’s a little method of my madness:

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