The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, October 1st, 2018

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes Shakespeare and Kavanaugh, Shakespeare “Uncovered,” and Lady Gaga. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history. This week, I sport my own No Museum Shakespeare tee, available from Redbubble!

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AYL: character / rehearsal grid

So, before we have a cast for As You Like It, I need to have my metaphorical ducks in a row. There’s a lot of moving parts here. I’ve got 27 roles, 14 actors, and only a limited number of rehearsals to get them ready. (How many rehearsals? you ask… good freakin’ question… without an official announcement of run dates, we can’t set audition dates; without audition dates, we can’t set a rehearsal schedule… but that’s a frustration for a different day’s discussion… hopefully never to be mentioned again…)

One of the things we always ask during the audition process, is what scheduling conflicts does the actor have–what days will be missed. With this information, we can create a rehearsal schedule that maximizes people’s time.

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AYL: Thank goodness for producers

So, as a director for Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, I needed to find a producer to help me put on As You Like It…someone to handle all of the business/logistical aspects. Now some might read that as all the “non-creative” things, but those are air-quotes there, buddy, because she helps find the lighting designer/operations person, the sound designer/opps, costumer, set designer and construction lead, plus choreographer, fight captain, and…most importantly, stage manager.

In other words, everything that would keep me up at night.

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Media Thursday: an As You Like It throwback Thursday

As my text work for As You Like It winds down, I’ve now begun more dramaturgical matters, researching the performance history of the play and seeing what insights I can glean from past directors.

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AYL: I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to sing…

#preproduction spoilers ahead…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, September 24th, 2018

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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes Shakespearean cartoons, State Department “swagger” (?),  and a tragic mashup. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history. This week, I sport my old Much Ado About Nothing tee from Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, where I’ll be directing As You Like It next winter!

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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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