Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Karen and I saw this awesome license plate Sunday night. I had to share it.



  • At 11/29/2007 11:02 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    Dude! That is HILARIOUS!

    Well, with "Spanish Tragedy" rehearsals each night this week, I clearly got way behind on Dave T's blog comments about theatre facilities (at 20 comments now and buried under 2 newer posts, I saw no point in adding to the hue and cry). But, I did take particular notice of "Anonymous" comments about working with Richmond Shakespeare. You know, each organization has its' pros and cons. "Anon" might have been well served by opening up a dialogue rather than making a vague allegation. But guessing at the issues and based upon my own experience, here's what I'll share with you sir: Yes, the production demands, especially of 5 actor shows performed by RST, have often been unduly demanding physically and mentally. Personally, as middle age continues to take its' toll on my "mortal coil", I'm not sure how many more such productions I have left in me.

    Yet I also know how greatly I've benefitted from the work I've done with RST. I know the opportunities I've had to show a range of abilities is something I've rarely (if EVER) been afforded elsewhere...and that speaks to the confidence RST has shown in me, which is no small thing given the fact that this is, after all, a business. I've had the opportunity to perform alongside, and provide creative input to, some of this area's most inspired productions, from "Midsummer Night's Dream" to "Twelfth Night" to "The Tempest" (and, I hope, what will be a very special "As You Like It"!I've made friends - not just acting acquaintances, but true FRIENDS (Grant, Scott, Liz, Dave, Suzanne, YOU, etc.) through my work at Richmond Shakespeare. I'll often be working out listening to my iPod, when suddenly the shuffle god presents the opening strain of "If We Shadows Have Offended"...and I can't help but get a goofy smile on my face.

    It's nice to have beautiful large facilities with an ample stage, beautiful lighting and costumes, scenery and such. But it's by no means a prerequisite to a truly magical theatrical experience.


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