- Meet the Casts of the 2006 Season
- Spotlight on Barry Kraft
- Spotlight on Rob Clare
- Spotlight on Lewis Carroll
- Spotlight on Comedy of Errors: Plot summary
King of France
Duke of Burgundy
* Member of Actor’s Equity Association
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Queen of Hearts
* Member of Actor’s Equity Association
COMEDY OF ERRORS
Andrew Fonda Jackson*
* Member of Actor’s Equity Association
Spotlight on Barry Kraft
Barry is a unique treasure of the American Shakespeare theatre. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays (more than 100 roles in 82 full productions) including numerous roles in 20 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has also performed at many of the nation’s other leading theatres. At OSF, he has been dramaturg for 37 Shakespeare productions as well as several non-Shakespeare plays. He has taught at the American Conservatory Theater and the Denver National Theater Conservatory among other places. Barry’s passions include chess, go, astronomy and literature. He has published After-Dinner Shakespeare, Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece, and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Barry’s unique official title at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from which he retires after the 2005 season, is “Shakespeare Dramaturg and Gadfly.”
Barry acted with the original Marin Shakespeare Festival in 1968 playing Macduff in Macbeth and Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra and is thrilled to return to the Forest Meadows stage. He has worked on seven production of King Lear, alternating the title role at the American Conservatory Theater in 1987 with Peter Donat. This time around he will be working from the ground up, helping to shape the script, plan the production, and creating what is sure to be a memorable performance in Marin Shakespeare Company’s first assay at Shakespeare’s grand tragedy. Be sure to catch one of Barry’s vibrant lectures to be scheduled during the summer; these are a can’t-miss treat!
Spotlight on Rob Clare
Rob Clare’s work as an actor and/or director included seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, as a Staff Director at the National Theatre, and as the Associate Director of Compass Theatre, before he returned to Oxford University in the 1990s to complete a doctorate focused on the practical interpretation of Shakespeare’s verse and prose.
Since graduating from Oxford as a Shakespeare specialist, his work in some of the UK’s leading drama schools has included creating the Masters Program in Classical Acting at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which he also directed for its first three years. He now regularly coaches the core acting ensemble at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also taught Shakespearean Acting for Rutgers University at London’s Globe Theatre, and has worked regularly at India’s National School of Drama, in New Delhi. He regularly directs Shakespeare master classes and workshops at the Actors Center in New York. His theatrical work in prisons was featured in the BBC documentary Act of Faith, his published academic criticism has won international literary awards, and he has also taught workshops and seminars in Oxford University and in University College, Dublin. Rob has been coaching actors and contributing to rehearsals at Marin Shakespeare Company for ten years now, working closely with Artistic Director Robert Currier.
His involvement as a co-director for the coming season has stirred tremendous enthusiasm among Bay Area actors eager to work more closely with him. Rob is also always a witty, jovial addition to any group and generally the life of any party. When not in rehearsal rooms or theatres, and since he is now too old to be a competitive soccer player, his preferred sphere of activity is to be high up on alpine glaciers.
Spotlight on Lewis Carroll
“Lewis Carroll,” as Charles Dodgson was to become known, was born on January 27 1832 into a predominantly northern English family inclining towards the two good old upper middle class professions of the army and the Church. His great-grandfather, also Charles Dodgson, had risen through the ranks of the church to become a bishop; his grandfather, another Charles, had been an army captain, killed most romantically in action in 1803 while his two sons were babies. The elder of these — yet another Charles – reverted to the other family business and took holy orders. He was mathematically brilliant yet married his cousin in 1827 and retired into obscurity as a country parson.
Young Charles was born in the little parsonage of Daresbury in Cheshire. When Charles was 11 his father was given the living of Croft-on-Tees in north Yorkshire, and the whole family moved to the spacious Rectory. Young Charles’ “reading lists” preserved in the family testify to a precocious intellect: at the age of seven the child was reading The Pilgrim’s Progress. Charles went to Oxford where his clear brilliance as a mathematician won him the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship, which he continued to hold for the next 26 years. The income was good, but the work bored him.
In 1856 he took up the new art form of photography. He excelled at it and it became an expression of his very personal inner philosophy; a belief in the divinity of what he called “beauty” by which he seemed to mean a state of moral or aesthetic or physical perfection. In his middle age, he was to re-form this philosophy into the pursuit of beauty as a state of Grace, a means of retrieving lost innocence. This, along with his lifelong passion for the theatre was to bring him into confrontation with the Moral Majority of his day and his own family’s High Church beliefs. He began writing — poetry, short stories, sending them to various magazines, and already enjoying moderate success. Between 1854 and 1856, his work appeared national publications as well as smaller magazines.
In 1856 he published his first piece of work under the name that would make him famous –‘Lewis Carroll’. In the same year, a new Dean arrived at Christ Church, Henry Liddell, bringing with him a young wife and children, all of whom would figure largely in Dodgson’s life over the following years. He became close friends with the mother and the children, particularly the three sisters — Ina, Alice and Edith — taking the girls out on the river for picnics. It was on one such expedition, in 1862, that Dodgson invented the outline of the story that eventually became his first and largest commercial success — the first Alice book. Having told the story and been begged by Alice Liddell to write it down, Dodgson was evidently struck by its potential to sell well. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865, under the pen-name Dodgson had first used some nine years earlier — Lewis Carroll. Alice was an immediate phenomenal success, yet throughout his growing wealth and fame he continued to teach at Christ Church until 1881 and he remained in residence there until his death.
He published Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there in 1872, his great Joycean mock-epic The Hunting of the Snark, in 1876, and his last novel the two volume Sylvie and Bruno in 1889 and 1893 respectively. He also published many mathematical papers under his own name, courted scandal through his associations with the opposite sex, toured Russia and Europe on an extended visit (in 1867) and bought a house in Guildford, where he died, suddenly of violent pneumonia, on January 14 1898.
- Spotlight on The Comedy of Errors: Plot Summary
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is condemned to death in Ephesus for violating the ban against travel between the two rival cities. As he is led to his execution, he tells the Ephesian Duke that he has come to Syracuse in search of his wife and one of his twin sons, who were separated from him 25 years ago in a shipwreck. The other twin, who grew up with Egeon, is also traveling the world in search of the missing half of their family. (The twins, we learn, are identical, and each has an identical twin servant named Dromio.) The Duke is so moved by this story that he grants Egeon a day to raise the thousand-mark
ransom that would be necessary to save his life.Meanwhile, unknown to Egeon, his son Antipholus of Syracuse (with his Dromio) is also visiting Ephesus–where Antipholus’ missing twin is a prosperous citizen. Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife Adriana mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and drags him home for dinner, leading to all sorts of confusion. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse has fallen in love with Adriana’s sister Luciana, who is appalled at the behavior of the man she thinks is her brother-in-law. The confusion increases when a gold chain ordered by the Ephesian Antipholus is given to Antipholus of Syracuse. Antipholus of Ephesus refuses to pay for the chain (unsurprisingly, since he never received it) and is arrested for debt.His wife, seeing his strange behavior, decides he has gone mad and orders him bound and held in a cellar room. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse and his Dromio decide to flee the city, which they believe to be enchanted, as soon as possible–only to be menaced by Adriana and the debt officer. They seek refuge in a nearby abbey. Adriana now begs the Duke to intervene and remove her “husband” from the abbey into her custody. Her real husband, meanwhile, has broken loose and now comes to the Duke and levels charges against his wife. The situation is finally resolved by the Abbess Emilia, who brings out the set of twins and reveals herself to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. Antipholus of Ephesus reconciles with Adriana; Egeon is pardoned by the Duke and reunited with his spouse; Antipholus of Syracuse resumes his romantic pursuit of Luciana, and all ends happily with the two Dromios embracing.