Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rocking the "Midsummer" in December

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in Midsummer in December last night. The cast, the crew, the rehearsal understudies, and the fabulous audience who came out all made it a huge success and an unforgettable evening.

It's amazing what happens when actors have little to no time to rehearse. Spontaneity becomes essential, and impulses have to become final choices; in short, creativity blooms when you don't have time to second-guess. That's why I love things like staged readings, improv, and 24-hour projects so very much.

We will have to do more of these, my friends. I am grateful to all of you.

The show was so successful that Richmond Shakespeare has elected to produce A Midsummer Night's Dream for our final show of the 2008-2009 downtown season. I'm directing it! Yay!

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  • At 12/16/2008 6:55 PM , Blogger Frank Creasy said...

    It was so great to see so many people come out on a Monday night close to Christmas (closer still to Hanukkah) to see a staged reading supporting Richmond Shakespeare. What a real joy as well to see a critic like Susie Haubenstock come just for the love of theatre alone, aside from it being her job.

    This mini-project was a real pleasure and a chance for some of us (Scott, Cynde, Andrew, Grant, myself and certainly some from prior productions as well) to relive some of those moments we cherish from days gone by. It was terrific, terrific fun for a good cause.


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