I’m doing local theatre again. After a 16 month break, I’ve taken a role in the Shakespeare play, Measure For Measure. Now I thought I knew every Shakespeare play written. Well knew may be a little strong but at least I thought I was aware of them all. But I never heard of this one before.
I would have to say that more than half of the roles I have played in the past 6 years I never auditioned for and this one is the same. A theatre friend of mine had already cast the show but the guy playing Pompey had a conflict for one of the dates and never said anything until after he was cast. I was asked to fill in and I agreed. The director then told the other guy he would have to share the role with me and the other guy quit. Yes, local theatre is chock full of divas.
The problem with doing Shakespeare is, well, that it’s Shakespeare. The dialect can be very hard to follow and, don’t hate me for saying this, it can be quit boring. Even with top notch performances, it is hard to get people to come to a Shakespeare show. But I am excited about this one.
We are doing the show with a 1930’s/40’s gangster theme. My character is being played like a gangster to the hilt. He also talks with a gangster, new york/bronx voice, sort of like Joe Pesce in My Brother Vinnie. It’s a voice I can do fairly well but it’s kind of hard using that voice with Shakespeare’s words. But it’s very funny.
I promise not to let my blog suffer but I will have to devote some time to learning my lines and attending rehearsals. The show opens the weekend of Valentine’s Day so we only have two months to get the show together. And I am going to Orlando on business right before our tech week in February. That means I will be a crazy man in early February. And hopefully, I’ll have some fun posts to write about my rehearsals and preparing for the show. And pictures, too.