By: Brittany Ann Meister
We are one week into Hamlet rehearsals!
This week, I wanted to ask our VFR family about their thoughts on VFR. I wanted to know what they thought set us apart. Here's what some of them had to say:
Kira Renkas (Actor): I do have a real soft spot for this theater company. I’ve performed in two of their shows now, and everyone is so young and optimistic that it is a lovely breath of fresh air. For a group containing many young folk in their early twenties, they are exceptionally bright and smart, so I can’t help but admire them. They had a vision, saw something they were truly passionate about and believed in, and they ran with it full speed ahead. They already display a good sense of “the business”, so it’s quite inspiring.
Claire Tidwell (Community Liaison and Actor))We are young people. We are a place for young people made by young people.
Alexis Furseth (Social Media Master, Actor):The people. The generous, caring, inclusive, brilliant people.
Sarah Zapiain (Board Member, Actor, and Director): What I love about VFR, and what separates us from other companies is that we're not doing this for any other reason other than we can't live without it. Why do we spend our precious little free time in a rehearsal room in the basement of a mall? Because
not only are we young, hard working, passionate millenials, but we are artists. A mentor of mine once told the founders of VFR and myself 2 years ago,"We put on clothes that aren't ours and shout into the dark. That's what we do." Why do we need theatre? Because it's what we do.
Alec Lachman (HR, Actor, Director): The people. Doing theatre for no other reason than to do it and doing it our way. Dusting shakespeare off and making it relevant to modern audiences. Giving artists, young and old opportunities that they wouldn't normally get
Brittany Meister (Blogger, Actor): I like VFR because it's a group of people that has certain rituals and procedures just like any theatre company, but they are very open to other ideas and interpretations. It's truly an open playing space fueled by the passion of the artists who occupy it.
Keep your eyes peeled for more info on Hamlet coming up, as well as some exciting new projects from VFR!
By: Sarah Zapiain
"Hamlet" has been cast and rehearsal begins in just a few weeks. In anticipation of this upcoming production, I asked the director, Sarah Zapiain, to share some of her thoughts.
What do you think of when you hear, “Hamlet”?
Some people think of school and being forced to read something you didn’t care for in the first place, or writing a paper on Iambic Pentameter. Or maybe you think Shakespeare and see people proclaiming, “Indeed, he doth, mayhaps perchance” and “my Lord saith whosoever thou art” and “doth mother kno thou wearest her drapes?” Middle-aged white men sulking around the stage in tights, talking to a skull may flash through your mind. Or perhaps you see a dusty Shakespearean actor shaking his fist at the sky saying “To BE. or NOT .TO. BE!!?”
But that’s not what I think of. When I think of Hamlet, I see a confused collection of people. I see hopeful young people fresh out of college trying to make sense of the world their parents have given them. I see parents who regret not being there for their children. I see hearts being broken by casual, rash judgments. I see my own mother and father, my own sister and brother, my best friends from college, my teachers and coworkers. This is a play about people and their problems—It’s that simple.
I think the audiences of today are not just ready, but eager to engage in the big questions this play confronts. Things like identity, emotional vulnerability, toxic masculinity, domestic abuse, heartbreak; it’s all in there. After all, Shakespeare was writing for everyone—from the Queen and her court, to the groundlings who could only pay a penny for standing room. This play is for us. All of us. Sons and their fathers, sister and brothers, Mothers, friends, millennials, academics, lovers, fighters, artists and dreamers—this play is about people like us.
Allow yourself to take Hamlet off its lofty pedestal, and I invite you to blow away the dust. You might be surprised how much you already know about this twenty-something everyone’s been talking about.
Hamlet opens October 11 and runs through the 15th, and the 18th through the 22nd. Keep your eyes on our website and Facebook for when tickets go on sale, and for more updates over the course of rehearsals!
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