Photography and Plays

Photography and Plays

A few people asked what plays I ended up acting in for the Marathon, so below I created a list. I also have decided to make shakespearemarathon.com semi-public. What does semi-public mean? Check out the site. If you can figure it out, good for you. If you can’t, congrats. You’re officially semi-retarded. Go buy a helmet.

Also, on my last day off from this madness I spent pretty much the whole day taking headshot photos for a couple of young ladies who will be auditioning for SSC’s upcoming season. Now they’re both very brave for two reasons. One, it’s TOUGH auditioning for ANYTHING. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there and I’m very proud of them both! But also, they had me take their pictures! I don’t think I flatter myself too much when I say I’m OK with certain subjects. I have moments of magic with buildings, nature, and “guerrilla candids” (ie; random people in crowds, catching humans in motion, etc), but actual posed portraits have NEVER been my thing. Just can’t do ’em.

That said, please check out what I managed with Jorden’s and Alanta’s headshots. Not too bad if I do say so myself. Helped of course by the fact that both young women are incredibly beautiful, patient, and very experienced at having their picture taken (Jorden’s auntie is a photographer and Alanta was a beauty queen in her youth), but I was still amazed!

And thus I leave you. Enjoy!

PLAYS:
“Much Ado About Nothing” — Messenger/Verges/Friar Francis
“Two Gentlemen of Verona” — Proteus**
“A Comedy of Errors” — Egeon/Dromio of Syracuse
“Hamlet” — Marcellus/Norwegian Captain
“Othello” — Clown/Messenger
“Henry VIII” — Henry VIII**
“Taming of the Shrew” — Lucentio/Huntsman I
“Love’s Labour’s Lost” — Dull/A Forester
“Coriolanus” — Brutus
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — Demetrius**
“Antony and Cleopatra” — Silius/Proculeius/Watch I

** = HOLY CRAP CAN YOU BELIEVE I GOT TO PLAY THOSE PARTS?!?!?! Sorry. Still excited about it all.

Cheers!
~Ash.

’bout half way done . . .

’bout half way done . . .

And the Shakespeare Marathon has been pretty AWESOME so far!! I must say that I’ve found myself doing a WHOLE lot more plays than I thought I’d be doing, and I know I’m not alone. My Mom found herself reading a part in “The Tempest” yesterday, random passer-bys have been pressed into reading, and Alanta, who came into this with plans to read only a minor part in a REALLY obscure play, has been reading A LOT, including the part of Ophelia in “Hamlet.”

For those that care, what I’m incredibly excited about (and would love for people to come watch) is a chance coming up on Monday at 3pm (I know, awkward timing) to read the part of Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Many of you know that it’s my MOST favouritest play EVAR and so I was thrilled when I found out there was still a hole in the parts waiting to be filled. Yeah, Demetrius is a bit of a douche, but whatev. Speaking of which, yesterday I also played the part of Proteus in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” so I think I’m just kinda going for a theme these days. Amusingly enough, Alanta read for Julia in that play. We were fine with it, but talk about having the potential for cringe-worthiness!

So, yeah. Madness! I finally got some sleep last night after having been awake for about 48 hours straight (well, I napped for two sets of about 1.5 hours), and I feel great. I think I’m gonna seize the chance to watch Supernatural before heading back to Tempe Marketplace to lend moral support (and probably read some more). Once again, HEAD ON DOWN!! We love having people just show up.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, to those of you who HAVE just dropped by . . . you guys are AMAZING. You keep coming when I’ve got teeny parts and so I of course flub them, but I really appreciate you making the journey! 😀

Talk to you soon!

~A.

(cross-posted on LJ/ashrhodes.com, MySpace, Facebook)