The Actors from the London Stage have come to town and on Tuesday night I saw them perform a fascinating Merchant of Venice with only five actors. Everyone played multiple parts and when one character had to talk to another character played by the same actor they would have one in a hat and one without so as to help the audience diferenciate between the two of them as well as very different physicalities for the different characters and none of the actors on stage ever forgot where a character was suposed to be but would look at the empty space as if they saw the character there and talk and have moments with the invisible character. It came of brilliantly and was a very clever method of dealing with extream casting. They will be performing tonight, Thursday, Oct. 18th at the Fletcher Collins Theatre at 7:30. For tickets call 540-
The brilliant Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Education at the Globe Theatre in London, came and gave a fascinating talk at the American Shakespeare Center a few weeks ago. He spoke about the long difficult process of getting the Globe Theatre in London built and about the future of the Globe and the new indoor Shakespeare playhouse they are building to be called the Wanamaker Theatre (named after visionary Sam Wanamaker, who was the reason and driving force behind the construction and function of the Globe, but didn't live to see it completed).
P.S. ASC honored Patrick Spottiswoode with the Burbage Award at a benefit that weekend.
The Actors from the London Stage are coming next week. It will be a delight to get to meet them and see their production of The Merchant of Venice. I have been told that this is the group in which Patrick Stewart and our own professor, Dr. Matt Davies got their starts so I am quite excited to see them perform.
Here are some random photos from the past few weeks including Patrick Spottiswoode's talk, The set from the undergraduate theater program's production of Run for You Wife (I did the set dressing), as well as some random photos of campus and class:
Nora Manca Wickman was the founding Artistic Director of Storefront Shakespeare and has a MFA and MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA
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