Seattle Shakespeare Company News
“I only read books that I’m going to record, unfortunately, because I have so little free time. I do read the paper. The book I’m going to record next is called Bad Dog: a Love Story. So that’s what I’m reading right now, but not because I chose it.”
“Yesterday, I pulled out the soundtrack to The Big Country and it’s amazing! It’s a Gregory Peck western from the 40s or 50s and that’s literally what I listened to yesterday. It reminds me of my father. My father and I have some significant differences, but when I listen to the big country I think I understand him.”
“I just discontinued my Netflix membership, because we’re paring down everything. I’m trying to get my son interested in the stuff I watched as a kid. He likes Johnny Quest. I like that new detective show on Thursday nights…uh…Prime Suspect. My wife and I actually made dates to see Case Histories on Sunday nights on PBS. That was good! She’s read all of those books.”
Looking Forward to This Season
“I like going to big musicals with my son. For his birthday I took him to Blue Man Group, Pilobolus and Nanda the Jacket. Three weekends in a row. Fantastic stuff. We had lots of great discussions about that. I want him to see the big musicals that come through town when he’s a teenager and then again when he’s closer to 20, and then be in them in his 20s. We see all the big musicals that come to town.”
Shakespeare Character That You Identify With
(Pauses, and then laughs) “There are two characters I’ve enjoyed playing the most: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus. They’re both blowhards (laughs), they’re both big, emotional bullies. They’re both completely short-sighted, and completely blind in some aspects of their lives. But they’re a hell of a lot of fun. They live their lives out loud and in action, which is what all actors should do, at least when they’re on stage. I’d like to play Claudius in Hamlet again. I would love to play Audrey in As You Like It. I’ve been in that show four times, and I’ve always said that the only way I’d be in it again is if I get to play Audrey.”
Christine Marie Brown’s big news is that she just got married to Andrew McGinn (he played the title role in Julius Caesar for Seattle Shakespeare Company in 2008). Shakespeare brought the couple together while performing at Seattle Rep. Although she’s played the part of Hermia for another theatre company, for our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Christine plays Lysandra, a part that requires her to be the pursuer rather than the one pursued.
READING: I am reading “Two Part Invention” by Madeleine L’Engle, which is about her marriage. She was married for a long time to a soap opera actor. She wrote many other things besides the “Wrinkle in Time” series. They lived in Manhattan and a friend of mine gave it to me right before I got married. I’m also re-reading “The Artist’s Way” with a group of friends.
LISTENING: I am listening, almost exclusively, to NPR right now while on my drives. I recently heard a talk with Marshall Rosenberg about non-violent communication and became extremely interested in that. So that’s something I think I’m going to look into.
WATCHING: Fringe. The Good Wife. Glee. And 30 Rock when it premieres. And I just finished watching the entire Firefly series and then Serendipity the movie.
LOOKING FORWARD THIS THEATRE SEASON: I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Humor Abuse. I plan to be there for opening. I’m looking forward to Circle Mirror Transformation, for sure. A Christmas Carol! I want to see that because I haven’t seen it in many, many years and I missed it last season. I want to see Robin Hood. Those are the things that are coming immediately to my mind, but I know there is a lot more in the season. Oh, and Cybourne Park, I know it doesn’t happen until the spring, but I’m interested in that.
SHAKESPEARE CHARACTER SHE IDENTIFIES WITH: My gosh. I really don’t know. For every one that comes to mind, there are circumstances in their lives, and I have no idea what that’s like. Probably Celia from As You Like It. I think because, at least in the realm of romance for most of my life, I felt like I was on the sidelines. That I was watching a lot of friends have that experience before my own experience happened. And it’s a role I’ve always wanted to play. I’ve played Phebe and Rosalind, so that’s the next one.