No matter how you spin it, Shakespeare is tough stuff. Whether you’re approaching the words of the Bard as a director, actor, or crew member, you must be prepared to wrestle with the task of presenting the material with clarity and relevancy. As a long-time fan of Shakespeare, I constantly think about how to accomplish such a task in this day and age. Many times, this results in a clinical and mechanical approach to the story and the play that mentally closes me off to alternative possibilities.
Fortunately, the cast and crew of Al’ukhraa has quickly snapped me out of this over-serious neurosis. From the first read through, I was highly impressed by the balance of professionalism and fun that everyone seemed to possess. I have begun to admire that these challenges, these attempts at relevancy, are approached in the rehearsal room with a genuine sense of fun and play. Work hard, play hard. That’s the name of the game. And I simply can’t wait to engage in hours of both with this exquisite group.