After a restful night’s sleep last night (being lulled to sleep by the soft patter of rain outside my window), I got up for my first rehearsal of The Comedy of Errors. I met all the other actors, the stage manager, dramaturg, and my alumni-host Geoffrey Kershner, the artistic director of Endstation Theatre Company and director of both of the Shakespeare shows I’m in this summer. Before we began, we watched a video of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of The Comedy of Errors. It was a laugh! They used interesting conventions throughout the play, which is why Geoff wanted us to watch it. That, and their version was also a play within a play, where the actors are seen clearly as actors in addition to whatever character they are playing. Geoff really wants to stick to the idea of having the audience see the artifice of us “putting on a show,” and for our version, we are going to be a troupe of turn-of-the-century Appalachian players who pull up in a wagon to perform the show.
All in all, it was an excellent first day, and I’m super excited to work with these talented actors!
More to come later this week!