Dramaturg’s Notebook: 12/4 December 5, 2007Posted by Kim Crow in : Beard of Avon, Dramaturg's Notebook, Twelfth Night , trackback
Our third rehearsal began with a meet and greet with the entire PCS staff. It takes a lot of bodies to get a production on its feet, and we had a sizable congregation to meet or greet. We introduced ourselves with a brief explanation of our first exposure to Shakespeare. There was a diverse set of introductions, from “the horrible Ms. Butts” high school English to the Little Rascals to RSC in the park. It was great to be better acquainted with the faces on staff (and to indulge with a slice of delicious beet cake).
Tablework resumed shortly after the meet and greet and continued through the end of the day. We made it through the first scene of Beard of Avon working backwards through the text. Twelfth Night is also making marked progress, though the nature of Shakespeare script work slows its pace. In addition to talking about ideas, characters and plot elements, Shakespeare often necessitates a consideration of punctuation and changes to the script which will inform the development process. It’s been a fascinating process, and my list of research topics is getting dangerously long!