An Actor Please….PLEase!!!!!!!!!
Audition day. The day we were looking forward to. A day where we were going to get all our actors, assemble our cast, and…wait….there’s only three people here.
Well, what do we do now?
That’s right, our audition day came and only three people came. Now, we did have three other friends Sam had contacted, including Mel, who we already had been contacted about having roles in our production. But seriously…three?
But hold on one second, first, let’s go back. We’ll get back to this.
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Tagged A Midsummer Night's Dream, acting, actor, Antioch, Antioch CA, Antioch Classical Theatre Company, audition, audition notice, Concord Ca, east bay shakespeare company, Hamlet, memoir, shakespeare, theater, theatre, Under the Sun Studios, William Shakespeare
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY: HAMLET HITS CLOSE TO HOME
A Father dies. A son grieves. A simple way of looking at it, but to me this has always been the power of Hamlet. A personal connection that I have always been able to identify with. No, my father is very much alive. But, not well.
You see on the road to making the dream of Hamlet a realization, life decided to throw some curveballs at me, and when I played baseball I was never good at hitting those out.
Around the time we discovered our home space, the Under the Sun Studios in Concord, California, or maybe a little before, there was a death in my family. Two of them actually. Continue reading
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Tagged acting, actor, California, Concord Ca, death, east bay shakespeare company, father, Hamlet, loss, memoir, shakespeare, theater, theatre, uncle, Under the Sun Studios, William Shakespeare
Macbeth to Midsummer: The Road to Hamlet
So there we were, Antioch Classical Theatre Company’s fifth summer season was not going up and was likely closing its doors for good. And here comes Sam to the rest of us saying we can do a show without ACTC. Most were ethusiastic at first, but eventually it became Sam and I…and the third often left out musketeer of our company, Mel Parazo.
You see Mel was a part of the whole ACTC experience as the stage manager for most of the shows, so she had a better understanding of the whole experience of how a sumer show and a theatre company runs. She came to us and became the wrangler of our little project, always there to put it back on the right track so we could get shit done. Continue reading
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Tagged A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antioch, Antioch CA, Antioch Classical Theatre Company, east bay shakespeare company, Hamlet, Los Medanos College, Macbeth, shakespeare, theater, theatre, William Shakespeare
Let me start again: This is how it REALLY started
Hold on. Let’s go back a couple years. Before the space, before the checks, before the auditions, before the second auditions…there was a play.
Well, two of them actually. Two one acts in the Spring of 2007, or there about if my memory serves me right, at Los Medanos College. I was going to school at Diablo Valley College and working on transferring to SFSU and again working with two of my good friends on their directing projects at Los Medanos. Both were directing an original one act as part of an overall one act festival for the department. Continue reading
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By Kevin scofield
In the final two weekends of July, in a small office space-converted theater in the back area of shopping center in Concord, CA in the year 2013, two ambitious young men and their incredibly dedicated, stressed-out, over-worked cast of nine put on a production of Hamlet. Most of you did not see this production. There is a video somewhere of the second to last show and a few photos of only some people in the cast. It was a success. Then it was over. But there is more to the story.
Kevin Scofield (left) as Hamlet and Sam Logan (right) as Claudius
It was all right there. Right in front of me, a photocopied image of a check for around seven hundred plus dollars made out to Under the Sun Studios. Sitting in the warm sun drenched driver’s seat of my car, feeling the idle automobile get more uncomfortable, all I could say to my girlfriend next to me was: “well, no backing out now”. Continue reading
By Kevin Scofield
Listen to my custom Hamlet playlist, below, that I made on Spotify while you read. It is some songs I think represent the Hamlet I discuss in this blog.
We are almost there. East Bay Shakespeare’s HAMLET is approaching and the show is really coming together. It’s tough and there’s lots to do, but allow me this time to speak about some things that have been percolating in my “distracted globe”.
Taking on the role of Hamlet has indeed been heavy task. Sometimes the goal of playing Hamlet seems to just survive it with your head on straight without passing out once. Hamlet is a mental and emotional iron man competition. And when playing it you find yourself struggling to get through, but like the iron man competition, eventually the goal goes from doing it the best to just doing it.