H2016: Pa Lonius and Family

Last night was a rarity: a rehearsal for which Hamlet wasn’t required. We blocked the entirety of Act 1, Scene 3, which introduces us to the family dynamics in the Polonius household. Before we began, we discussed some trifles, including whether “Polonius” was actually the chamberlain’s first name or his last. I suggested that perhaps…

H2016: Denmark’s a Party

Last night, during the first half of Highland Arts Theatre’s HAT-aversary Cabaret, I had the privilege of sitting with Kathleen O’Toole, the actor who will be playing Ophelia for me next winter (during the second half, I was backstage, and then onstage as I introduced a scene from HAT’s next production, First Time Last Time…

That’s the Question: Realism vs. Expressionism

The terms realism and expressionism dominated theatrical design in the 19th and 20th centuries, but in Shakespeare’s time they didn’t exist, and nowadays they seem like something of a false dilemma. In an age where most blockbuster films are conceived simultaneously to deliver hyper-real CGI and totally unrealistic stories and characters, there’s no easy bellwether…

H2016: What’s in a Dane?

With my Hamlet & Ophelia auditions drawing nigh (really damn nigh!), I realize I need to make some choices about what I’m after in these two characters. It’s all well and good to have faith that “my Hamlet” will emerge out of the woodwork on audition day. But it would be a latter-day tragedy if…