Alright, confession time. I am terrible at blogging. In my personal life, I've started maybe six blogs, most of which I claimed would become daily occurrences. None of them have been. They ranged in topics from basic journaling to a collection of sonnets I've written to a synopsis on a series of films banned in the U.K. for being too vulgar (The Video Nasties. You should actually probably go check that one out)
But something I don't think any of us realized before we dove in is...starting a theatre company is a full-time job. You think it's gonna be simpler cause it's the theatre, and the theatre's all cupcakes and candy condoms, but it's not! It's paperwork and filing and e-mails and...really adult stuff. And not the fun kind of adult stuff, like porn. It requires a lot of time and money and open, honest communication.
If anyone out there is thinking about starting one...just...don't. Join us instead. Or someone else. Seriously. Sanguine Theatre Company. The Dark Lady Players. Anyone. It's just.... Don't.
That being said, I could not be more ecstatic!! The rewards of such an investment are (though often non-tangible) truly delightful. Two Gents had a phenomenal run, and if you didn't see it, you really missed out. Verbal reviews for the show were a mixed bag of goodies. People praised it as being "as silly as it is serious", which we took as the highest of compliments, as that's pretty much exactly what we were aiming for.
We were even mentioned in The Kenyon Rewiew, which was...beyond thrilling. Check it out!
And, I know, I know, this is you right now:
"But! But! But! I didn't get to see the show! Or I only saw it once! Or I saw it several times, but still I NEED my fix of Hamlet Isn't Dead-y goodness!!" -you
Well, calm it down, Grand Maester Impatientpants! We (Robin, Marrick, and my lovely self) just had our pre-production meeting for our next show last night. For those of you who aren't aware, our next show will be...no, you know what? You should all already know this. It's on the blog, we've been talking about it non-stop. Pop Quiz. Not open notes! Just do your best. And spit out that gum.
The next performance by the Hamlet Isn't Dead Players will be:
A) The Two Gentlemen of Verona
B) The Taming of the Shrew
C) King Edfart the Fourth-Coming
D) All of thee above
The correct answer is...THE TAMING OF THE SHREW! I'm very proud of most of you. The rest of you, see me after class.
Yes, Taming will be a lovely romp, starring yours truly (Me) as Peter Ruccio or something. I haven't read it yet. I skimmed it. Somethin' about...I'm gonna marry a cat...or a shrew...or something. It's obviously one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works. (read: a joke. Taming is one of my absolute favorites. More on that later)
Audition dates have not yet been set in stone, but we'll let you know as soon as we do. If you haven't already, and you'd be interested in auditioning or otherwise working on the project, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure you stay fully abreast of all of our doings.
Speaking of doings, be prepared to see more and more of us in the next coming weeks. As of right now, Hamlet Isn't Dead has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Klout, YouTube, Foursquare, as well as our website, this blog, and the super-secret clubhouse I'm not supposed to blog about.
If you're not following, subscribed to, and re-tooting every single one of these sources, you're sure to miss something somewhere eventually. And, in this day and age, you can't afford to fall behind....
Don't run the risk of being a Thurio.
So, things you can start to look forward to from the good folks at Hamlet Isn't Dead:
- near-daily HIDeos on Vine and/or Istagram Video
- a bi-monthly blog update (here!)
- daily photos on Instagram and Twitter of our most recent show The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- a video thanking our third hundred "Likes" on Facebook (seriously, we're filming it this weekend!)
- more affection and silliness than you could possibly handle
The support and encouragement we have received has been nothing short of heart-warming. We look forward to your comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms, cajoling, flirtations, and plain-old smiles from here on in.
The HID family's growing, and we're glad you're a part of it. Now, go to your room. It's a mess.
With Much Maternity,
-David Andrew Laws
Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead
Don't forget to follow us all over the place! Seriously! It's easy! The links are all right here for you!
And, as always: http://www.hamletisntdead.com/