So, this summer has been great. I've been doing a Roulette Reading of "Bad Hamlet" (the Bad Quarto version of that most famous play) with my friend Hannah Van Sciver's new company The Greenfield Collective (check them out. Give them money. etc. etc. etc.) in partnership with Lesley Berkowitz-Zak and Joseph Ahmed. Now what is a Roulette Reading, you ask? Well, every night the actors pick a new role out of a hat. We have all read the track once (maybe) in reharsal, and then have to do our best with the tasks at hand while audience members bid on "power ups" (see also: things that are annoying to do while performing Shakespeare) to apply to us.
So it's kinda like Cutthroat Kitchen.... but, like.... with more words. And little to no food.
The first night I pulled Hamlet. The second evening, I was the tiniest ghost/King Claudius you'll ever see.
The following weekend brought an evening with Corambis (you may know him by his actual name, Polonius. Somebody clearly wasn't paying attention) and the next, and last performance, finished strong with Laertes. Both evenings in the second weekend I got to play one half of the Rossencraft/Gilderstone combination, and countless spit takes were performed.
This show is an awesome opportunity to sharpen those improv skills I have become rusty with, as well as an opportunity for us to shake up preconceived notions of Shakespeare.
It's also a ton of fun. And a drinking game. So there's that. Here's to hoping the "Bad Quarto" versions of other classics come forward!
And thank you to every body who joined in on the Tomfoolery.