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Michelle R. Wood

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Happy Deathday Shakespeare
« on: Apr 23, 2016, 10:34 am »
It's the 400th anniversary of Will's death, but as we all know his work still survives and thrives. Thought it might be interesting to hear about what people are doing (if anything) to commemorate, or just your general experiences with Shakespeare.

I'm helping next week with my state's 48-Hour Marathon of his plays (staged readings, or we'd probably run longer!) Also, I'm in the middle of a run of Tempest, which is by far one of my most challenging shows to date: it has haze/fog, giant puppets, aerialists, dancers and blacklight. Not mention the joys of being in a discovered space (no insulation or heat/cooling, limited electricity, loud airplanes overhead and horn honking on the street), which actually has made me feel like we're performing the way the Globe must have been with all its noise and distractions.

Previous to these gigs, I've also acted in Shakespeare twice (Julius Ceasar and Macbeth), Assistant Directed/SMed Twelfth Night, and ran the board for a production of Henry V on trapeze (the fight scenes were awesome!)

How about you: any great Shakespeare productions you're proud of working on? What's your favorite time working with the Bard?
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." -- Thomas Edison (Harper's Magazine, 1932)

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