Letter: 'Full of scorpions is my mind'

'Full of scorpions is my mind'

Editor of the Reformer:

Let me strike an early round of applause for my fellows in the cast and crew of Shakespeare Stage's Macbeth. It has been an honor and a pleasure working with the company, whose members hail from southern Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. Macbeth is the first official production of Shakespeare Stage, and its production has entailed a breathtaking degree of hard work and dedication. I remain continually surprised by the talent and resourcefulness of our actors, who include newcomers to the stage and seasoned veterans alike.

Within the theater world, Macbeth is widely held to be a cursed play. Even to speak the name out loud is considered bad luck. I am not superstitious, but I must admit that our production has encountered more than the usual share of misfortune and trouble. Most notably, Michael Sola (Banquo) was hospitalized with ventricular tachycardia, a serious heart condition, late last year. Yet he showed no hesitation in carrying on with his performance, and returned to rehearsal as soon as his recovery allowed. We are all delighted that he has been able to stick through to the end, though his character of course barely survives into Act 3.

Also worthy of special note are Julian Findlay and Brattleboro's own Ian Bigelow. Julian, a Harvard drama graduate, has taken on duel mammoth tasks of directing the play and putting on a chilling performance of Macbeth. Ian has lent of his expertise on medieval sword fighting, and provided the arsenal for the play. Finally I would like to thank the owners and operators of the Stone Church, who have been gracious hosts, and even delayed their renovation of the building to suit our needs.

Performances will take place February 3 to 6, 7:30 p.m. at 210 Main St. (The Stone Church), Brattleboro, Tickets are by donation.

Jesse Cross-Nickerson, Brattleboro, Jan. 27


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