Romeo. Can I go forward when my heart is here?
Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.
These are two lines that I've moved from the top of Shakespeare's Act 2 earlier, to appear nearer the moment they refer to—Romeo leaving Juliet after their first meeting.
Each time we hit this moment in rehearsal, when Romeo is suddenly struck by the impossibility of leaving the party, I am similarly given pause. To me, this author really brings us into the heart of ourselves when he pens moments like this. Those moments when we stop and consider how to even be around love betrayal, beauty, potential. Last night, riding home from rehearsal on the F train, I looked at the many slumped or chatting on the seats around me and wondered who had left their hearts somewhere? Had I?
Saw the set loading in to Greenwich this morning bright an early ... Can't wait to bring this big beautiful thing to the parks! Such a great day driving back from Greenwich into a rehearsal with Stew and Heidi writing new music and songs on the spot for the company.
Editor's note: Here are more details on this year's performances of Shakespeare on the Sound in Greenwich and Rowayton.