shifting scenery and shakespeare

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Daniel Kennedy, as the Earl of Warwick, Pistol, and Governor of Harfleur (“doing it with the lights on”) in the American Shakespeare Center’s traveling troupe’s rendition of Henry V, inspired a fall pilgrimage across western Massachusetts.
We had a little trouble getting underway. There was a battle in the Chess War (Romania vs Bhutan, 2007) and a problem with brakefluid. (Can you really use power steering fluid in lieu of brake fluid?!) The promise of pie finally got us moving…(but was it in Box #1 or Box #2?)
After the Northampton stopover,
we got underway. The sky was as amazing as the foliage.
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Eventually, we arrived and were treated to Original Staging Practices (universal lighting, eleven actors playing some forty-eight roles – if memory serves, gender obfuscation, a minimal set, actors humanized through mixing street clothes, costumes, and a “pregame” musical show – in this case, “London Calling”). Audience members were also seated on both sides of the stage: our bravest members availed themselves of the opportunity.
The show was a hit. The star regaled us groupies afterwards. We lingered at the Allium Restaurant in Great Barrington as long as we could….alas. Those Aussies are off yet again.

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