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. Our solution was to gather some of our favourite people every Saturday night throughout quarantine to read scripts over Zoom. We read all 38 Shakespeare plays in six months. Then we kept going. We decided to create mini-seasons featuring highlights from the canons of major writers across generations, plus a few bonus episodes thrown in. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned.
For the month of February, our troupe decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a selection of four movie scripts, our picks for four of the most romantic movies ever made. We begin, because of course we do, with Shakespeare in Love.
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The Cast of Shakespeare in Love
Stage Directions- Miriam Bachman
Henslowe- Weldon Goree
Lambert/ Wabash- Laura Hubbard
Second Actor/Sam- Elizabeth Morriss
Fennyman- Hilary Wartinger
Frees/Boatman/Pretty Whore- Nicole Falgoust
Will- Scott Garland
Makepeace/ Barman/Second Whore- Mark Kreder
Dr. Moth/ Young Actor/Lady de Lesseps/Musician – Marlo K Shaw
Kempe/Scullery Maid/James- Haley Dinel
Burbage- Basel Daoud
Tilney/Servant/Lord in Waiting- Melissa Wright
Condell/Peter- Saiya Floyd
Rosaline- Lita Brillman
Queen- Susan Bond
Viola- Shalyn Bass-McFaul
Nurse/Nol- Lauren Horejda
Messenger/ Urchin- Gaby Grice
Edward/John/Montague/Philip- Kristina Shepherd
Ralph/Sir Robert de Lesseps- Luis Arrojo
Marlowe/Armitage- Torey Urquhart
Wessex- Christopher Prentice
Ned Alleyn – Fabiana Cabral