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30 Days of Bill

Day #1: Your Favorite Play - King Lear
Day #2: Your favorite character - Edmund
Day #3: Your Favorite Hero - Orlando

Day #4: Your Favorite Heroine

Once again etting aside the arguments about if this question should refer to romantic leads or character leads...

Seeing As You Like It at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival was one of the best experiences I've ever had with the play. And I have seen it a lot, mostly because of that first Rosalind.

I have seen Rosalind played as being just as twitterpatted and dense as Orlando. When
LonelyDumptruck, LadyMcClellan and I saw the show at OSF in the 90's, Rosalind very nearly gave the whole plot of she and her cousin Celia being dressed as boys in the forest of Arden with the line about "A cabin on the edge of the forest, like a fringe on a pettycoat" and Celia stole the show by breaking into a "lookee me!!!" tap dance. I have seen sassy little Rosalinds, at least one milquetoast Rosalind - I remember her costume better than her protrayal - and they have cemented what I need from the character.

Rosalind needs to be the smartest person on the stage. She is ballsy, funny and does it all with a wink and a smile.

The first Rosalind I saw was all that and the chip of bags, as a co-worker used to say. When did gave the lines
"If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that
pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied
not;"
she was so clear about placing men with those deficiancies in the audience that people in the first few rows turned around to see who she was talking to, it was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen.

A humerous side note - and actor/director I work with in town has done Shakespeare with my first Rosalind and pratically makes an evil eye gesture and spits every time I mention her name.





Day #5: Your favorite villain
Day #6: Your favorite villainess
Day #7: Your favorite clown
Day #8: Your favorite comedy
Day #9: Your favorite tragedy
Day #10: Your favorite history
Day #11: Your least favorite play
Day #12: Your favorite scene
Day #13: Your favorite romantic scene
Day #14: Your favorite fight scene
Day #15: The first play you read
Day #16: Your first play you saw
Day #17: Your favorite speech
Day #18: Your favorite dialogue
Day #19: Your favorite movie version of a play
Day #20: Your favorite movie adaptation of a play
Day #21: An overrated play
Day #22: An underrated play
Day #23: A role you've never played but would love to play
Day #24: An actor or actress you would love to see in a particular role
Day #25: Sooner or later, everyone has to choose: Hal or Falstaff?
Day #26: Your favorite couple
Day #27: Your favorite couplet
Day #28: Your favorite joke
Day #29: Your favorite sonnet
Day #30: Your favorite single line

Comments

ghost_light
Apr. 30th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
This is my second time doing it, never made it past day 4 last time :)
impetusofadream
May. 1st, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hahah, I don't think I made it past day 1 last time!