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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AYL: the dancing Shakespeares(?)

SPOILERS

So one of my actors–our Phoebe–is pulling double duty; she’s choreographing our two big quasi-musical numbers.

I met with her this weekend. And I’m very, very excited.

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AYL: the 2006 Branagh version (I love you, Branagh, but you’re not Kurosawa)

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, we have the 2006 version…

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AYL: and let the blocking begin (or “nurturing Mother Nature”)

Monday night, we began blocking As You Like It.

A few words on process, and then the question of Adam’s importance.

There be spoilers ahead…

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AYL: horns (musical edition)

OK, so I’ve discussed interstitial music for As You Like It before… but there’s music within the play itself as well.

One such song come from late in the play, and goes by any number of titles, from “What Shall He Have” to “The Deer Song” to “The Lusty Horn” and “The Lusty Horn Song”…

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AYL: new focus

So.

It’s early in the morning. I’ve been up for nearly two hours. There’s nothing to be nervous about, and yet my mind is racing.

Why?

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AYL: Flashback Friday — music edition

So, as we move from read-throughs to blocking rehearsals for As You Like It, I finally got a chance to share some of my interstitial music choices with my cast this week. I realized not all of them are going to work, but the concept–I think–is solid.

Now for you, gentles all, I don’t want to give away all my spoilery musical goodness, but…

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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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