So last night we opening our Shakespeare Intensive shows. It was a truly magical to watch the plays come alive on stage. The students have been working incredibly hard for the past four weeks and it was wonderful to perform to a sold out crowd on a clear, beautiful San Diego night. The Old Globe’s six hundred seat outdoor theater is situated right in Balboa Park with the San Diego Zoo as the backdrop.
With this production, I was interested in investigating the question of what it means to be an adult? And how does one transition from youth to adulthood. As well as irony that to live a life of learning and art you have to disengage from the world to create; however, to have something to say you also have to live your life and can’t disengage from it.
As a result, I set the production in the world of contemporary prep school populated by a student body on the cusp of graduation and adulthood. We may not have been able to do everything but I think in many ways the production was a success. The audience and performers had a great time and when Mercade appears at the end it was jarring and poignant to see these characters confronted by the realities of life which they had been working so hard to avoid. Attached are some images from the night.