Hello again, friends and fellow Shakespeare enthusiasts!
After a scenic journey from the bustling streets of Chicago to the serene beauty of Lenox, Massachusetts, my first week with Shakespeare & Company has been nothing short of transformative. Nestled in the heart of Lenox, the Shakespeare & Company campus is BEAUTIFUL! With its charming blend of natural beauty and historic architecture, this place feels like a dream.
The town of Lenox, with its quaint New England charm, historic buildings, and lush, rolling hills, provides the perfect backdrop for delving into Shakespeare's works. Walking through the town, I can't help but feel a sense of connection to history and artistry that pervades this community.
From the moment I stepped onto the campus, I found myself surrounded by an ensemble of incredibly talented actors. Each one brings their unique flair and profound depth to our production, making me both humbled and exhilarated to be among such gifted individuals.
Our rehearsals have been an eye-opening experience. They are not just rehearsals; they are a playground of creativity, exploration, and shared passion. Our director, a master of his craft, guides us with a mix of precision and freedom, allowing us to find our own truths in Shakespeare's timeless words. Working with him is a pleasure and a privilege, a learning experience that I cherish deeply.
In just seven days, I've discovered new facets of my abilities - things I never knew I was capable of. Whether it's a subtle nuance in delivering a line or a fresh perspective on a character's motivation, each day is filled with revelations. It's exhilarating to see myself, and my fellow actors, grow and evolve with each rehearsal.
The photo I'm attaching to this post is of the foyer of the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. It's more than just a lobby; it's a gateway to the world we're creating, a space where anticipation and artistry mingle before each performance. This space, like every corner of the Shakespeare & Company campus, is imbued with a sense of purpose and artistic fervor.
As I reflect on this first week, I feel a profound sense of gratitude and excitement. I am on a journey not just to perform and teach, but to discover, learn, and push the boundaries of what I thought possible. And this is just the beginning.
Stay tuned for more updates as we dive deeper into the heart of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream and the magic we’re creating here in Lenox.
Until next time,
Darius A. Journigan