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 VI, Part I:
Talbot- Torey Urquhart
Joan La Pucelle- Hilary Wirachowksy
Richard Plantagenet – Mark Kreder
King Henry VI- Christopher Prentice
Messenger/Margaret- Susan Bond
Gloucester/Glansdale- Elizabeth Morriss
Charles/First Warder/Mayor/ General- Anne van Leeuwen
Bishop of Winchester/Alencon/Boy/Countess of Auvergne/ Woodvile- Shalyn McFaul
Reignier/ Exeter/Officer- Mohammad Kamaly
Fastolfe/Salisbury/ Burgundy/ Vernon- Melissa Wright
Suffolk/ First Sentinel/ First Gaoler- Laura Hubbard
Third Serving-Man/Somerset/Captain/Watch- Nicole Falgoust
Lawyer/Warwick/Servant/Scout – Miriam B
Bastard of Orleans/Bedford/ Second Warder/ John Talbot- Jeff Dingle
Master Gunner/Gargrave/ Lucy- Scott Garland
Mortimer/ First Soldier – Jim Hill
Shepherd /Sergeant/ Porter- Tasia Rogacki
Troubadour/ First Serving-Man/Basset- Gaby Grice
Troubadour/ Second Serving-Man/Legate- James King
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