It’s always difficult for me to let go of a project – (well….usually it’s difficult!) but this has been an especially hard show to bid it’s fond farewell. In just four short months, I made friendships that I will cherish for life, marvelled at talents that topped the peak of gifts I’ve seen – and I learned such a vast amount about myself as an actor that it will probably be quite some time before I’m able to fully recognize the extent.
For a very long time I harbored a secret sense that contemporary Shakespeare productions were done for the benefit of mostly the artists involved and a thin sliver of intellectual elite audience members who came to see how many lines they could quote in their heads (or aloud!) – but after two incredible seasons on stage with my family at Writers’ Theatre – after journeying through the darkness of one of drama’s most painful tragedies last year and then through the revelations of one of the most complex and uplifting comedies this year, I have seen first-hand that audiences from age 9 – 90 - from the most studied Shakes scholars to the first-time initiates – can be taken away, their thoughts and imaginations lifted to places they’d never imagined before taking their seats. I can’t believe how much I actually missed slathering my face with the clown white make-up last night!
My love and thanks to everyone who gave me such an unforgettable adventure through those crazy woods of Arden!