By Marie Lowe, Associate Artistic Director, Master of Lit & Audience
The Tempest and Pericles are being presented in repertory, which means we’re performing the shows on alternating nights. It also means that we’re rehearsing the shows in repertory, with several actors going straight from Tempest rehearsal to Pericles rehearsal (or vice versa). If that sounds confusing or exhausting, that’s because it is, sometimes, confusing and exhausting–both shows feature ships, storms, and shipwrecks, and more than once I’ve had to ask someone, “Wait, which boat are we sinking right now?”
However, this process is building our muscles in truly exciting, hopefully permanent ways. It’s exciting to know that we’re moving closer to the model of rehearsing and performing multiple shows at once that Shakespeare and his company followed and that aspirational contemporary companies like the American Shakespeare Company and Bedlam follow now. It’s exciting to know that we’re capable of doing more good work in less time than we’re used to. Just as you can’t improve at the gym unless you push yourself past your comfort level, we can’t improve as a theater without pushing ourselves to the next level. We are building better theatrical muscles through this process, and the result is going to be a pair of powerful shows. Come join us at The Tempest and Pericles this summer–we’ve gotten our reps in.
Tickets available at https://sweetteashakespeare.com/tickets.