Louis Fantasia – LAaRT

Louis Fantasia – LAaRT


(INTRO MUSIC) FROM THE GLOBE STAGE ALONG THE
RIVER THAMES TO STAGES ALONG
THE WEST COAST OF CALIFORNIA LOUIS FANTASIA OPENS A TIME
PORTAL FROM THE MIND OF
SHAKESPEARE TO THE HEARTS OF ACTORS YOUNG AND NOT SO YOUNG NARRATOR>>>PREPPING FOR AN ALL
STAR PERFORMANCE OF MURDER,
LUST AND MADNESS A BIT OF SHAKESPEARE CELEBRATING THE
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRIT WEEK
IN LOS ANGELES THE MYSTERY OF PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE MADE ALL
THE LESS MYSTERIOUS BY DIRECTOR
LOUIS FANTASIA NOT FOR LOFTY BUT VERY PRACTICAL
REASONS. LOUIS FANTASIA>>>WHAT I DID FOR
TWENTY SUMMERS WAS DO WORKSHOPS
THERE AT THE BEAR GARDENS AND I DEVELOPED THIS
APPROACH WHAT I CALL INSTANT
SHAKESPEARE THIS APPROACH OF THIS KIND OF DEMYSTIFYING
SHAKESPEARE AND WORKING ON THE
TEXTS SO THAT IF FOR NO OTHER REASON I DON’T FALL ASLEEP. THAT’S WHAT IT’S REALLY ALL
ABOUT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I KEEP
MYSELF AWAKE IN THE THEATRE. NARRATOR>>>THE BEAR GARDENS,
THE EDUCATION CENTER OF THE
GLOBE THEATER IN LONDON FANTASIA HIGHLY REGARDED THE
FIRST AMERICAN TO DIRECT AT THE
GLOBE AND PART OF ITS RECONSTRUCTION TEAM. DIRECTOR OF SHAKESPEARE AT THE
HUNTINGTON, DEAN OF FACULTY AT
NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY LOS ANGELES AND AUTHOR OF INSTANT
SHAKESPEARE NOW OFFERING HIS
EXPERTISE ACTOR JACK LO TO BE OR… JACK LOWE>>>TO BE OR NOT
TO BE THAT IS THE QUESTION
WHERE IT IS NOBLER IN THE MIND TO SUFFER THE SLINGS AND THE
ARROWS OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE OR
TO TAKE ARMS AGAINST A SEA OF TROUBLES AND BY OPPOSING END
THEM… FANTASIA>>>I WANT YOU TO ASK
HEATHER THE QUESTION LOWE>>>OK FANTASIA>>>AS OPPOSED TO ASKING
THE QUESTION TO YOURSELF. ASK HER. HEATHER, TO BE OR NOT TO BE? THAT’S THE QUESTION WHERE IT IS
NOBLER IN THE MIND TO SUFFER
THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE OR TO TAKE
ARMS AGAINST A SEA OF TROUBLES
AND BY OPPOSING END THEM. FANTASIA>>>DON’T THINK ABOUT
IT. HIS TWO PALS ARE PLOTTING
AGAINST HIM, FRIENDS SINCE
KINDERGARTEN. LOWE>>>TO BE OR NOT TO BE THAT
BURIES THE QUESTION. TO BE OR NOT TO BE THAT IS THE
QUESTION BUT IT IS NOBLER IN
THE MIND TO SUFFER THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF OUTRAGEOUS
FORTUNE OR TO TAKE ARMS AGAINST
A SEA OF TROUBLES BY OPPOSING JUST END THEM. FANTASIA>>>I’M PRETTY SIMPLE
THIS WAY. I HAVE ENOUGH TROUBLE TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT WHAT THE WORDS MEAN
AND WHAT THEY MEAN AT THAT MOMENT IN THAT CONTEXT WITH
THAT ACTOR. I’M WORKING WITH JACK IN HAMLET
OR IF I WAS WORKING WITH
SOMEBODY ELSE ON HAMLET IT
WOULD BE A DIFFERENT ACTOR I MEAN IT
WOULD BE A DIFFERENT HAMLET AND
THE WORDS WOULD MEAN SOMETHING ELSE. FOR ME THE CHALLENGE IS WHAT
ARE WE TRYING TO SAY HERE AT
THIS MOMENT HOW IS THAT GOING TO RESONATE WHEN YOU PUT THAT
OUT IN AN AUDIENCE. I GREW UP IN THE ERA WHERE
OLIVIA AND GILBERT TO A LESSER
EXTENT WHICH WERE LIKE THE GREAT SHAKESPEAREANS AND WE
WATCHED OLIVIAS HAMLET OR EVEN
THOSE BBCS TV SERIES PRODUCTIONS IN THOSE DAYS ALL
THE SILIQUES AND ALL THE
MONOLOGUES WERE DONE AS SOMEHOW INTERNALLY AND UNFORTUNATELY I
JUST SAY IT A LITTLE BIT LOUDER
SO THAT THE AUDIENCE WILL…BUT THE OTHER THING THAT
WAS AND THIS IS WHY I THINK
I’VE BEEN VERY LUCKY IN MY LIFE IS THAT WORKING ON THE
REBUILDING OF THE GLOBE AND
BEING LUCKY ENOUGH TO DIRECT ON
THE GLOBE STAGE WHAT YOU REALIZE IS
THAT YOU’RE IN THIS OPEN AIR
AMPHITHEATRE I THINK ITS TWELVE SIDES AND AN OPEN ROOF
THREE TIERS OF SEATS AND THE
GROUND LEADS THERE AND IN SHAKESPEARE DAY THEY WOULD HAVE
JUST HAD THE BEAR BATHING, THE
DOG FIGHTS THERE THAT MORNING SO SOMEBODY WAS
SWEEPING UP THE BLOOD WITH
SAWDUST AND EVERYTHING. FANTASIA>>>YOU CAN’T
INTERNALIZE THAT MONOLOGUE NO
ONE WOULD PAY ATTENTION TO YOU
SO IT’S MEANT TO BE LIKE I WAS
DOING WITH POOR HEATHER IN THE
EXERCISE ITS MEANT TO BE SOMETHING THAT SAYS I’M GOING
TO CONVINCE IS THIS A QUESTION
THAT WE’VE DEALT WITH WHETHER ITS NOBLER IN THE MIND
TO DO THIS OR IS IT THAT GEEZ
WHY DON’T WE DO THAT. YOU KNOW IT’S LIKE MOZART OR
BEETHOVEN OR REMBRANDT A GENIUS
IS THERE AT THE PEAK AT A CERTAIN POINT IN TIME SO YOU
HAVE BEN JOHNSON, YOU HAVE
MARLO, YOU HAVE KYD YOU HAVE THESE OTHER PLAYWRIGHTS YOU
HAVE AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE THE
LANGUAGE HAS EVOLVED WHERE THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ARE UP IN
THE AIR AND SOMEBODY IS BETTER
THAN THE REST OF THEM AT THAT POINT YOU KNOW AND I WAS SAYING
THIS IDEA OF HAMLET TO BE OR
NOT TO BE EVERYBODY HAS HAD THAT MOMENT OF THINKING MAN
THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH TO TAKE. I’M NOT SURE I CAN GO BACK AND
FACE THE WIFE OR WHATEVER AND
THAT’S WHERE IT RESONATES

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