Shakespeare, unrehearsed: the stuff of actors’ nightmares? Or wicked fun?
I spent a whirlwind weekend in Brattleboro, VT at the New England Youth Theater, where young adult alums of their excellent youth program raised money for the NEYT scholarship program with the second annual Shakespeare Unrehearsed, performing Much Ado About Nothing with just 24 hours of rehearsal.
I played Dogberry, the clown constable, and I’m pleased to report my verdict that performing a show “unrehearsed” (particularly a comedy) is indeed wicked fun! The high stakes of an audience, yielded some terribly funny, in-the-moment comic inspiration.