These are crazy times and we’ve all taken on a bunch of new projects as we socially isolate in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
We’re donating where we can, we’re cleaning the pantry, we’re organizing the 2300+ title dvd library. We finished work on the Nominee Interview Series even though the live event for our yearly Critics’ Pick Awards had to be cancelled (we’ve still got trophies to give out, eventually). We started the Corona Movie Club to help curb our boredom and constant need to talk about movies with other human beings. I’m even watching network procedurals and actually writing about them.
But what we all really need is comfort. We need our favourite things and our favourite people and right now those are hard to come by so we have to do everything we can to bring them together whenever possible. For me, there’s nothing quite so comforting and joyful as Shakespeare. Luckily, I know a lot of people who also love Shakespeare- a few old friends from my alma mater’s Shakespeare Society and a few of my favourite Toronto theatre artists, all of whom just so happen to be talented and generous and responsibly socially isolated enough to want to join a nearly 3-hour 19-person Zoom call for the purposes of livestreaming Shakespeare on YouTube.
A huge thank you to the cast of Henry IV, Part 1:
Troubadours: Gaby Grice & James King
Prince Henry- Scott Garland
King Henry IV- Robert Skanes
Falstaff- Weldon Goree
Poins/Vernon- Laura Hubbard
Earl of Worcester- Jim Hill
Hotspur- James Graham
Chamberlain/Vintner/Glendower- Elizabeth Morriss
Bardolph/Mortimer- Mark Kreder
Peto/Earl of Douglas- Mo Kamaly
Ostler/Lady Percy- Lauren Horejda
Sir Walter Blunt/1st Traveller/ Lancaster- Anne van Leeuwen
Westmoreland- Christopher Prentice
Archbishop of York- Miriam B
Northumberland/Sir Michael- Shalyn McFaul
Gadshill/Francis- Melissa Wright
Mistress Quickly/ 1st Carrier- Nicole Falgoust
Second Carrier/Thieves/Sheriff/Servant/Messenger- Sam Chappell
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