Blog # 6 A Heartfelt Farewell
"Henry IV part two is the perfect show to go out on. There is a sense in part two of a paradigm shift in the world. A sadness hangs over the play. It is a unique Shakespeare play in that he peopled it with an old Henry, an old Falstaff, an old Northumberland, Shallow and Silence. "
In blogging there are no safeguards against self-indulgence.This blog, #5, is me turgidly purging my mind of many hoarded thoughts, so that next week’s blog # 6, the final blog, will be free of random ramblings.I can then sleekly say how my time here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival has been a sublime, once in a lifetime moment.Till then, read on Macduff, at your own risk.
11 times inside the belly of the behemoth. And like Shakespeare I’ll coin a new word: Anthroportrayology; the study of Falstaff by performing him. Here are clumsy, random and oddball observations I’ve made of the Fat Knight being the Fat Knight.
According to actor John Ahlin, "Shakespeare has created astonishingly insightful pieces of life and invented very human humans. It is an honor to enact them, and hopefully the audience will see real humans, dealing in human things, and laugh or cry or be amazed by what we all share; life."
John Ahlin is back giving us an insiders glimpse into the life of an actor. Today's entry focuses on rehearsals and how plays are put together. "Rehearsal’s first day is festive and nerve-wracking. The whole cast will sit around a big table and, after seeing how the play will look from a Vision of Designers, we read the play, aloud."
Our actor playing Falstaff this year, John Ahlin, will be a guest writer for us. Over the summer he'll be sharing some of the insights and discoveries on being with the Festival and putting on the shows, from his own personal point of view.
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