Young Son is King Richard III This Weekend in “A Knock-Out”

2 08 2009

Summer of Shakespeare poster evan ross as richard III 2009

We saw it last night and it’s a fresh, fun, abridged and interestingly site-specific (which means the audience moves around the campus with the actors from scene to scene) interpretation of Shakespeare. . .final performance tonight, hope we don’t get rain!

You may have seen the story and photos in the Democrat the other day.

The SAIL high school principal told me last night that this first annual Summer of Shakespeare Camp was a knock-out success and as far as she’s concerned, it will be hosted at SAIL as long as the FSU professor directing it, Cynie Cory, wishes to offer it.

Good call imo. 🙂



7 responses

2 08 2009

More about SAIL (School for Arts and Innovative Learning) for those interested in how public school choice can work for the individual student rather than against —

2 08 2009
Nance Confer

Oh, that sounds like fun. The moving around the campus part.

Sending internet applause to Young Son! 🙂


2 08 2009

Speaking of sociopaths or at least paranoid delusionals ruling us, see Howard Fineman of Newsweek compare Sarah Palin to Richard Nixon and practially rehabilitate Nixon in the process:

There’s a lot of talk around Washington that Sarah Palin is the reincarnation of Richard Nixon. I find myself feeling offended on the old man’s behalf. It’s like comparing a Shakespearean tragedy to a Glenn Beck rant.

True, Palin brims with Nixon’s flaws—the petty resentments, the political paranoia, the hunger to punish rivals—and there are those who see in her the potential for a Nixonian saga of revival in the aftermath of humiliation and ridicule.

But she has none of Nixon’s strengths or political experience or knowledge and could, potentially, be a nightmare for her party and the country. . .it is not hard to imagine her doing as much damage by accident as Nixon did on purpose.

You could hear the sampling of old Nixon tracks in her July 26 farewell rap in Fairbanks: the fear of a distant “them”; the flag-draped threat aimed at the national media—the same media she rode to stardom and that she hopes to ride in a new book (out next spring), in TV gigs (the offers are piling up), and, of course, in a potential presidential campaign. She has an acute, Wasilla-bred feel for the ways in which middle-class exurbanites dread the rise of a polyglot, metropolitan America. foot soldier. . .

That is where the comparison ends. Nixon . . . was “Old Iron Butt” at Duke’s law school, and read and wrote all of his life in a futile effort to win the respect of the very intelligentsia that he feared (and secretly admired). If Palin possesses that kind of curiosity, no one has seen it. It is hard to imagine that all this time she has been masterfully concealing an astonishing intellect.

People tend to forget that Nixon was a phenom. By Palin’s current age—she is 45—he had been a high-profile member of the House and Senate, and President Eisenhower’s globe-trotting vice president for six years. Palin … well, you know her résumé.

And Nixon knew the country. He ate rubber chicken from coast to coast for decades, and knew local politics in granular detail. Palin, by contrast, has spent most of her life in a state that calls the rest of the world “Outside.” And she had not seen much of it until the McCain campaign gave her a plane and $150,000 in sightseeing duds.

2 08 2009

Nance, it really was fun, although humid. We were clueless about where to stand and some of the action moves around a lot within one scene — the deadly sword/knife fight particularly (the assistant director was in West Side Story so it was choreographed as knife rather than sword fight) — and so we literally had to stay on our toes, to keep them attached!

2 08 2009

Neither Nixon or even Palin is quite as ruthlessly sociopathic as King Richard is portrayed in this play. But then there’s the whole education opportunity of studying how and why Shakespeare needed to be politic and make him a fictional monster, so the real ruling family of that time (Richard’s enemies) would be pleased . . .we’re having all sorts of fun with this since Young Son loves the military history of it all.

He has one scene where he’s sitting behind desk with his feet up (in his combat boots) playing with a golden crown in a disdainful way. It’s just the most chilling thing! And as the audience files out toward the next scene, he stays in character all the way, continuing to twirl it and try it on for size.

4 08 2009

About moving around outside, wearing their own clothes as costumes, cutting sacred Shakespeare’s scenes down to manageable length etc — this from The Bard blog about a recent production of Hamlet is interesting:

It really brought to my attention that there isn’t a whole lot that is necessary for good theatre. Theatrical philosophy texts often repeat the fact that theatre consists of at least a space, a performer and a spectator. We had no fancy proscenium to hide behind. We were outdoors. No electrical lights, we used the sun. No sound system, but we had a guitarist and the chiming of a nearby clock tower. No microphones. The costumes consisted of articles of clothing in our closets. Nothing fancy, just something to suggest the character.

And it worked! If the story is good (and it is) why confound the play with bells and whistles? I talked with some audience members after the show, many of whom were actors too, and were very impressed with what they had just seen. I don’t think most of the people there really expected a bare-bones production of a heavily reduced script in an outdoor daylit location to be as good as it was. I don’t think I expected it either, to be quite frank.

8 11 2009
Sunday Afternoon Doing Shakespeare in the Park — with a Llama?! « Cocking A Snook!

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