For the past few weeks, I've had an idea cooking in my head. I want to do Shakespeare on the Subway cars. It's not an earth shattering idea. It's not even a particularly original idea.
Every time I hear a barbershop quartet sing to a car of people, I think that could be me. Every time the kids come around selling candy that I'm allergic to, I think this could be so much more engaging.
Performing the Bard in a subway car feels, to me, remarkably true to the way the words were written to be performed: we're in a dank hole in the ground full of garbage, piss, and rats. Furthermore, fully half of the audience is actively not listening to what we're saying- they're here to do something else.
It's as the great Eddie Izzard says about starting out as a street performer: "
-Chose scenes, number of Characters. Make cuts.
-Find out length of time between (specific) stations.
-Rehearse, once. In public.
-Just do it.
Reblogged at the official blog of the UnderGroundlings.