No “This Week” this week…

Crazy weeks… today I’m up in San Jose, picking up Jack from school and next week is Christmas, and the following week is New Years… so I’m thinking the next “This Week in Shakespeare” will be in 2019…

Enjoy time with your loved ones!

AYL: making more adjustments…

Friday, I discussed some issues in As You Like It‘s text that don’t necessarily translate to the production’s 80s setting. Today, I want to talk about issues that come from your actors…

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AYL: making adjustments

So. As You Like It. In the 80s.

The reasons–in my head–were straightforward enough: I wanted bloodless usurpations; so think corporate take-overs. I wanted a visual shorthand that would allow audiences to quickly understand who these characters were; 80s archetypes and stereotypical fashions and costuming can do the trick. And of course, I want music (we begin choreographing our first big production number tomorrow…too excited).

But not all things translate. And sometimes actors throw you curve balls.

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AYL: surround yourself with good people

This stint of directing As You Like It reaffirms many long-held notions and philosophies.

Now, one might think that the title of this piece should probably read “surround yourself with talented people,” but you’d be wrong.

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

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes #MeToo, Timon of Athens, and some drunk thespians. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Was exhausted. Now exhilarated. But still exhausted.

So. Sorry for no post on Monday… I was still recovering from my weekend of filming.

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OK, now for something completely different…

If you’ve noticed that my postings have been a tad distracted or not exactly on point lately (or absent altogether–as on Wednesday of this week), you’re not wrong. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Time has been tight.

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AYL: the 2010 Shakespeare’s Globe 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. Now, through the month of November, it’s been just films.

Today, wrapping the series of reviews, is the 2006 version… and as we’re now in December, let’s call this your early Christmas gift…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, December 3rd, 2018

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes lessons for Dems, political pamphleteers, and lots of season announcements. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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