Alan Rickman once shared a story about working on a production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. After a performance, Peter Brook asked the company how they felt things were coming along, so the actors started discussing the moments they didn’t quite feel they were hitting yet, the problem spots, and so forth. Brook listened and then said, “The thing is, you’ll never be as good as the play.”
Because here’s the thing: Shakespeare’s plays are very good.
Understatement of the year, I know, but I don’t know what other words to use without sounding cliché. We’re all taught it in high school literature classes; we all know we’re at least supposed to agree that Shakespeare’s works are amazing.
But really, they are.
If you allow yourself the pleasure of studying the complex, yet stunningly accessible stories, characters, and ideas he created – or better yet, if you allow yourself the pleasure of seeing those stories in action on stage in the hands of gifted performers – you can see how exceptional his plays are for yourself. The pleasure of being an actor is that you get to exist in both those worlds: studying first what he put to the page, and then exploring how to bring to life what you’ve studied for the delight of an audience. It’s a rewarding and challenging right of passage, each and every time.
Indeed, Shakespeare’s works are, as Rickman also said, something actors test themselves against. He is the master of storytelling in every sense. In his 37 plays, he has crafted enough dazzling characters and thrilling plots to keep any actor sated for a lifetime of potential roles to explore. The economy and beauty of his words create boundless choices for the actor. The characters are honest and colorfully real. His work is accessible, funny, touching, smart, sexy.
And boy has Hoosier Shakes chosen two of Shakespeare’s most beloved and exciting plays for its inaugural season! I promise, the plays will be good. Very good. And we actors will strive to be at least almost as good as the Bard’s writing.
– Candace Joice
Candace will portray Olivia in Twelfth Night and Cordelia, the Fool and the 3rd Servant in King Lear.
Twelfth Night and Pericles will be performed in repertory at Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash, IN, June 8-12 and the 3rd Street Courtyard in Marion, IN, June 15-19 and 22-26. Pre show entertainment will commence at 7:00 PM. shows will begin at 7:30 PM. Approximately run-time for each show is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Performances are offered on a Pay-What-You-Will basis. If you like what you see, make a donation to Hoosier Shakes, Inc. during intermission or after the show. Donations may be made online through the Hoosier Shakes account on Paypal: Login to Paypal.com and send money to “firstname.lastname@example.org”.