8
Jul

Favorite Lines

In a recent alumni survey, my grad school asked, “What’s your favorite line from Shakespeare?” I was stumped. I don’t think I have one. Everyone else does, I’m sure, and I even know what many of my friends’ favs are. But I am completely at a loss. I do have a favorite line in each […]

7
Jul

Ragtime at Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University, just up the way in Winchester, has a summer musical series. They bring in professional actors for most of the principal roles and their students make up the ensemble. I knew the general outline of Ragtime, but hadn’t ever seen it performed, so I wanted to see it. The production was outstanding, musically, […]

1
Jul

But It’s Not SHAKESPEARE

I often get the question, “Do you only direct Shakespeare?” Of course not. I love all forms of Renaissance verse drama! Joking! But people do ask this, often. I thought it might be interesting to run my stats. Although I list my directing credits very comprehensively, for this analysis, I didn’t count any staged readings, […]

24
Jun

Book Report: The Lucid Body

Before I started rehearsals for Richard III, I was very nervous about the Skype plan. I talked about it with everyone I could think of, hoping someone would say, “Oh, I always rehearse that way, it’s not a big deal at all.” Nobody quite said that, but I did get a few helpful hints. I […]

16
Jun

Awards and Irony

This morning, my social media was buzzing with posts from friends at Pigeon Creek Shakespeare reporting their nominations for the Wilde Awards (Michigan’s professional theater awards, run by Encore Michigan). Kate Bode was nominated for “Best Performance–Bard” for her performance as Margaret in Henry VI (a role she continued in Richard III), Scott Lange for […]

15
Jun

Broadway Body Positivity

Stephanie Lexis (not somebody I know, but someone who is obviously very cool) has started a project to promote body positivity in the theater. Her Facebook page is informative, funny, and super depressing, all at the same time. I’ve been especially interested in her recent run of anonymous stories about times when people have experienced […]

11
Jun

Announcement: As You Like It

People I hardly know have started coming up to me and saying, “So, I hear you’re doing As You Like It at Harrisonburg High School next year,” which I guess means I can announce it! I’m excited to work with HHS students on their spring show. I’ve had a few eye rolls from snotty people […]

2
Jun

Why “Thank you for your work”

On my recent visit to Bridget to check out the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, I noticed a phrase I think of as mostly mine popping up here and there. I overheard a stage manager say, “Thank you for your work” to an actor as she emerged from the theater door after a show. The next night, […]