Vol. XIV Curtain Call March, 2009
Ever wonder how a director chooses a particular play? In thecase of Theatre in the Woods revis-iting William Shakespeare the di-rectors had a rough go of it. We(Carolyn Burnett and Karen Kauf-man) had decided, as we did whenchoosing
severalyears ago, to limit our choice to one of the come-dies. We narrowed the se-lection to four, eliminatingthose comedies with multi- ple twin characters, too fewgood female roles, and prob-lematic (to us) plot lines.This left
Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, AsYou Like It,
Midsummer Night's Dream.
We both reread each of the four and evaluated them based on anumber of criteria. Eventually weeliminated
As You Like It.
Then the two of us met and dis-cussed the pros and cons of the re-maining two plays.
is astrong ensemble production. Thehumor is light. We could envision adream-like setting. We couldimagine having children, teens, andadults in the cast.
has aterrific set of interchanges betweenBeatrice and Benidick. There areseveral interesting female charac-ters and we could envision creatingmore. We could set it in any time period. The main characters could be in the general age range of mostof our actors. Whereas neither of us had been overly enthusiasticabout
initially (it seems to be The One done by amateur groups) we found ourselves com-ing up with a good list of pros andno really major cons. With
we knocked off the cons one by one. We went round andround. At one point we considered(for about 15 seconds) doing them both in repertory format or switch-ing to a darker choice such as
Macbeth, King Lear,
Merchant of Venice
. Eventually we flipped acoin. Then we went for two flipsout of three.We expect to carry some of whatwe liked about
Notably, we will be strivingfor an ensemble production whereeach character is a strong contribu-tor to the whole. Additionally, weexpect, intend, and will plan for asmuch fun as we can possibly fitinto both the rehearsal process andthe final product.We are looking forward to gettingas many people involved in this production as possible. We will beholding a reading of the play onSaturday April 4th at the ErikaQuam Memorial Theatre from 9a.m. to noon. We welcomeany and all to participate byreading or just listening.Watch for future articles asthe process of bringingShakespeare back to TITWdevelops. We anticipate tripsto other productions, work-shops, movies, and whatever else we can Dream of to makeMuch Ado about Shakespeare atthe Erika Quam Theater.Anyone interested in more informa-tion about this project or wanting to become a part of the general pro-duction crew, please contact Caro-lyn at 354-3803 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen at635-7641 or email@example.com.
In the spring of 2010,TiTW will be producing
Much AdoAbout Nothing
by William Shakespeare.
Choosing the play
by Karen Kaufman & Carolyn Burnett
December 9, 2009TiTW Xmas Party