I did a press interview for Taming of the Shrew today. It was fun. I guess it was just a little fluff piece... a bit of press before we open. But I had a really good time answering questions about the show. I talked about my interest in Shakespeare and how I am interested in updating old conventions and bringing things into the now. And then I (surprisingly) said something quite brilliant to the interviewer. I said something to the effect that we have these characters onstage and they were funny four hundred years ago, and they're up there saying four-hundred-year-old phrases and it is our job as theatre artists to change these people into people you and I recognize. It is humanization in the same way that all acting is humanization. That is, after all, why it is still important to do the play (if it is important): because it contains things that we can still learn about ourselves or at least laugh at.
By the way, I figured out this posting of pictures thing, as you might have noticed, so I think I'll be doing a lot more of that. It's kind of fun, and makes my blog look a lot more colorful. Notice also a new links section on the right-hand side of the main page! Cheers.
Any takers to go see The Door in the Floor down at the ArcLight tomorrow evening?