Desdemona (Rebecca Hanson) and Othello (Siddeeqah Shabazz) in Gadfly Theatre Productions' presentation of Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. Photo courtesy Gadfly Theatre Productions.
Let's face it. Shakespeare is tough. Anyone who tackles Shakespeare, even those who do it often and well, know it's not simple and it's not quick. Shakespeare plays, the really good ones, are mountains. You can't just leap to the top of the mountain. You get there one handhold, one foothold at a time. One line, one phrase, one word at at time. You have to live with the words in your head long enough that they eventually migrate into your bones. Understanding them is just the first hurdle. Figuring out how to convey them in a meaningful, compelling way to the audience and keep the story moving forward, that's the hard part. That's the difference between playing the role and just reciting the lines. It's tough. It takes time. It takes experience. And all that has to start somewhere.MORE »