Polonius to Hamlet: “…. What do you read my lord?” Hamlet: “Words, words, words.” (Act 2, Scene 2).
Beer was the drink of choice in Shakespeare’s day. Wine, usually brandy, was available too, though imported and expensive.
Will we understand what’s being said? Will the wine be that Communion-y sort?
Happily the answers are:
Yes, Saturday’s readings at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church were clear and fun.
No, we were treated to two glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Chardonnay. Shadowland was the label, which apparently is a line of wines blended from a single varietal from any number of Washington vineyards.
The Drama Bug by David Sedaris was the first performance.
Jonathan Finnegan, an actor in his second season with the Shakespeare Theatre, provided the dramatic reading. The story involved a production of Hamlet in which young David played an (increasingly) minor role.
Meanwhile, David adopts Shakespearian verbiage to “communicate” with his mother, a high school drop out. You can imagine how that went over.
Next up: The Greatest Gift, A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern. This short story, spurned by publishers, went on to become the basis for Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. John Keabler, also in his second season with the Shakespeare Theatre, gave the reading.
The theater company in Madison now is presenting Shakespeare in Love. Use code MFOB for $5 off all 7:30 performances.