TSF Roadshow: Much Ado about the Simpsons.
This was a truly wonderful project to be apart of!
Despite a pandemic, with our young audience in mind; we trudged through a once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm in East Texas to bring students these classics. Directed by Texas Shakespeare Festival Artistic Directors, Meaghan and Matthew Simpson, we rehearsed and recorded Much Ado and Hamlet. It was a setting somewhat new to all of us. We knew, embarking on this process, we would have shared obstacles due to Covid-19. We only unmasked for performances and tested frequently. (The image above is one of the only times I actually saw Psacoya's entire face.) It was a magical ensemble built by the Simpsons, that from day one was based on trust and grace. Today I can say that this young, professional, diverse cast came together, safely. We respected and understood the shared risk involved.
I hope the work will continue in this way. Being more mindful of one another. Sure, masking and keeping our distance is new in the rehearsal space, but it's a small price to pay in order to protect each other. To protect this form we love. It's a small price to pay to show the person in the room that we care. And we could always use more of that.