A week into rehearsal, things have been fluid. The cast came in with great energy the first Tuesday and develop stronger bonds and further relate with each other everyday. The production team has sustained patience and astounding creativity as all who take part in this experience grow greater awareness of the needs of our particular expression of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
We are engaged in the rhythmic music and movements that reflect our culture today and the cultures of our ancestors. Listening and speaking a discourse of sounds from instruments and our voices, of fluent gestures and positioning from our bodies, of expressions from the center to the periphery of our instinctive emotions.
A play wants more than just present itself to the eyes of its viewer. This play sets before it a history, a culture, a community, one Harlem.
With each day, the director and actors own more of Shakespeare’s play. The retelling of any story bores a new one in itself: the story retold presented fresh with the expression and experiences of its narrators. Many of the motifs represented in a Midsummer Night’s Dream parallel with the social conditions we cope with today: the individual pursuit of physical wealth, parents’ intrusion in their young’s love affairs, brotherhood and loyalty toward our comrades. Shakespeare’s timeless themes are easily retranslated into contemporary social issues because they are consistent plights of Human life.
Let him roar! Nick Bottom imploring Peter Quince with finesse.
Peter Quince inspires the mechanicals.
Nick Bottom victoriously dances for his character assignment in the mechanical’s play.
Titiana protects her African boy from Oberon.
Lysandra dotes on Hermia.
We are opening tomorrow night.