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The Shrew Blog 4-27-15

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Shannon Ward – Lucentio / Ensemble

IMG_20150426_113621We talked for quite a while today about Hortensio as a character, and how he strives (somewhat unsuccessfully) to fit into a masculine mold in order to win Bianca’s love. We discussed the pressures that men have to be “masculine.” And I started thinking about how those pressures are two sided. Much like Katharina, I struggled with fitting into a “feminine” mold when I was younger. I was unlucky in love and I blamed my looks and my tom-boyish personality. In college, I tried to become more like how I thought a girl should be. And it’s true, I turned more heads, but it wasn’t until I became truly comfortable with myself as a woman and as a human being that I was able to connect with someone who I ended up falling in love with. It all stems from an acceptance of the self. I was self-conscience of my tomboy ways in high school, and now I embrace them. I am a woman, girly or no, and I am confident and self-assured. And I think, in the end, that’s what really makes a person attractive. So maybe Hortensio shouldn’t worry so much about being all macho like Petruchio. If only he could carry his masculinity in his own way, and just keep being the badass clown he is.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories! When have you felt “out of sync” with the world around you? How do you feel when media and society tell you you need to act and behave and look a certain way in order to fit in?

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The Shrew Blog 4-26-15

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Amy Frey – Tranio / Ensemble

(Shortly after this post Amy unfortunately had to leave the production because school and amazing things called her. We will miss her and welcome lovely Carla!)

IMG_20150426_115339First day at Manhattan Shakes and I’m trying not to vomit. I got here way too early. And I’m not entirely sure I should be here in the first place. I’m thrilled, of course, to join this incredibly intelligent, talented group of women, but the excitement is manifesting in a slightly queasy case of nerves. I’ve been in school for the past two years for occupational therapy, and I’ve been spending the last week and a half hunched over a computer, vainly hashing out my master’s thesis. The world of theatre, particularly physical theater, has seemed light years away from my fieldwork at the hospital.

But then I get to the rehearsal space, and Sarah’s already turned on a ridiculously upbeat, candy-pop song, and is starting a physical warm up. I stop worrying if I’m good enough, or if I’ve lost all of the skills that I had in college, (I have.) because we’re running around and dancing and I meet Kate again, who indulges my slightly breathless character analysis, told at a frantic pace because I’m burning with ideas that I’ve been suppressing for the past two years because of science.

I calm down a bit after that. I love my character-Tranio seems to come right out of a commedia dell’arte lazzi, something that I studied in Italy years ago, but put away as a skill set never to be used again. I meet Shannon, who is a grounded, beautifully realized Lucentio, and listen to the smart, nuanced takes everyone seems to have on all of the characters. It’s a fun, thought-provoking, honest rehearsal process: I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Let’s talk! What do you do to prepare for your first day?

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