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 Hamlet:
Bernardo- Laura Hubbard
Voltimand- Weldon Goree
Servant/First Priest- Olivia Klausen McCargar
First Player/Prologue- Mark Kreder
Francisco/Lucianus- Melissa Wright
Reynaldo- Nicole Falgoust
Second Clown- Hilary Wartinger
Gentleman/First Sailor/Lord- Stephanie Junge-Filipek
Player King- Mo Kamaly
Player Queen- Elizabeth Morriss
Marcellus- Cass Van Wyck
Cornelius/Osric- Jessi McCarthy
Captain/Messenger/First Ambassador- Miriam Bachman
Horatio- Elizabeth Ramirez
Claudius- Christopher Prentice
Laertes- Shalyn McFaul
Polonius- Nicanor Campos
Hamlet- Jesse Nerenberg
Gertrude- Carmen Grant
Ophelia- Erin Eldershaw
Ghost- Jim Hill
Fortinbras- David Armstrong
Rosencrantz- Gaby Grice
Guildenstern- Torey Urquhart
Danes/First Clown (Gravedigger)- Steve Vargo
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