By Ira Seidenstein

May 8, 2013

5 of 40. Seems I have drifted away. Went to Sydney for the play reading of Antony & Cleopatra. Fine team all the way around!!! I had set the reading to be in a circle and with the seating set in relation to the characters’ relationships – to some degree. As each character has multiple relationships and several actors play more than one character – I made some choices. The actors were then asked to rise upon each ‘entrance’ and to be seated for each ‘exit’. Additionally I asked the actors to move as they felt to. I too moved as I felt and on a number of occasions called out directions, or encouragement, or to shift gears in various ways. Occasionally I rose from my seat and moved close to the actors for a moment to clarify my intention or direction.
Many great things happened in that evening.
This is indeed an exciting project. One in which we will make a journey together and make authentic discoveries in this text.
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