As much as I feel called to do Hamlet, it is a big play... not just long... but, complicated. It will take me a while to think it through. As a director, I feel I need to understand plays from every angle before I can direct them. I read and re-read the script, I watch different versions of the play, I fiddle around with the story in my head, I write character analysis, I do drawings, I build 3D models. It will take me some time to think this one through.
Considering when to do Hamlet does make me realize that I should be working on setting up seasons so that we can plan ahead and our audience can anticipate our shows, perhaps we could even have subscribers (Wild thought!).
Out of my long list of possible shows for this spring, I have narrowed it down to The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing. For the fall, Hamlet, and for the spring perhaps Romeo and Juliet or The Importance of Being Earnest (yes, I know it's not a Shakespeare play, but I love Wilde). What are your thoughts?
Another thought that has been floating around in my head is that it might be nice to settle down and find a permanent location for Storefront Shakespeare. I like the dynamic mobility of our theater company, but it does limit the number of plays we can produce because we are forever looking for spaces to perform them in. If we had a permanent location we could still travel if we wanted to and we could do three or more productions a year and have guest directors... perhaps even more complicated sets!
Let me know your thoughts, which plays do you prefer? To settle down or not to settle down? Any more thoughts on Hamlet?
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