In a world like Elizabethan England*, where a fair complexion was synonymous with beauty (it was not by accident that “fair” meant both “lovely” and “light-complexioned), here goes the lovestruck Biron, extolling his beloved Rosaline’s dark looks: Continue reading
Just back from the theatre – where the staged reading was a huge success before a very full house. Ah, but I am blissfully happy at how my words and the intelligent, witty artistry of our leading man combined to shape the Will Shakespeare I wanted to bring onstage…
And then there was a late dinner with the company, devoted in equal parts to comments on the performance and plans for the next stages of the workshop…
All of which is why here is a little celebrative link of vintage theatre images.
Enjoy – and colour me happy.
- Shakespeare on demand: Globe theatre launches digital player (theguardian.com)
So I reported to a sort of green-room meeting, and found Nina positively sizzling with ideas – hers and mine.
First of all, could I please prepare an abridged version of my Sonnets play for a staged reading, a sort of hors-d’oeuvre before they stage the whole thing in earnest next year?
And (before I could catch my breath) speaking of Shakespeare, why don’t I open their cycle of Shakespearean readings with… well, not exactly a conference, but a conversation about Shakespeare and Marlowe, with two to four voices to read pieces of my choice, and myself as a narrator?
Oh, and about an Italian Paper Stage – what a marvelous idea! And yes, we are most definitely doing it. Could I please manage the blogging side? And prepare something-something for their website too?
“Only if you feel like it, of course..”
As if I would turn down any of it. As if she thought I would…
It’s quite some work – with a strictish deadline, because roles and readings will have to be handed out before the company disbands for vacations at the beginning of august, and the rest must be ready for the press-conference in which the company will present the season, at the beginning of September. So last night I sat up until four to work on what Nina and I have named the Small Sonnets, to begin with, and I expect a repeat tonight, and then there will be the matter of choosing the readings, and the blog, oh the blog – and let’s not forget two conferences, and the summer course I’m teaching in August…
This is going to be a busy summer.
So, there is this theatre company based in my hometown of Mantova. They are seriously good. I’ve been working with them for the last three years. They’ve staged a handful of one-act plays of mine – and I love them.
When it happened first, it was a dream
come true. My wonderful Grandmamma used to take me to their Sunday matinées when I was a child, and I sat in their small theatre, lost to wonder and enchantment, and I wanted to play that game too.
It was because of this company that at ten, if asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer “a playwright.” It got me a few raised eyebrows – which was fun in itself.
So you see – when they first staged me, it was really a dream come true.
And now, they’ve commissioned me a stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets for 2014.
No, of course it’s not “now”. It was done early, and with time to spare, so that “now” I am finished with the second draft, and next week I’m going to start a thorough editing, and then I’ll hand in the play for workshopping…
I’m not unhappy with what I have done. I’m incredibly excited about the whole thing. I can’t wait for them to start work on my Sonnets.
Who knows where this will lead in the scheme of one’s hopes and ambitions – not to mention the general scheme of things. But for now, I certainly am the playwright my ten-year-old self dreamt I’d become.
Not bad, for now.