Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em. -Malvolio(Twelfth Night II.v)

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em. -Malvolio
(Twelfth Night II.v)

Make me a willow cabin at your gate
And call upon my soul within the house,
Write loyal cantons of contemnèd love,
And sing them loud even in the dead of night;
Hallow your name to the reverberate hills,
And make the babbling gossip of the air
Cry out ’Olivia!’ O, you should not rest
Between the elements of air and earth
But you should pity me.

(I.v.237–245)

Photos by Aaron Whitman

Poster by Samantha Noble

Poster by Samantha Noble

And now we turn to Shakespeare….

My life as a director began at 20. As I sat with some old high school friends drinking coffee and we loosely discussed the idea of working on a theatre project over the summer, I felt myself activate. This idea was good. We needed to grab on to it, and make it happen. So I did. 

I knew it would be Shakespeare. I knew we had the talent in our group to pull it off. I was inspired by past groups that performed outdoor Shakespeare, and so I spoke with the director of the Beverly Recreation Department. We would perform it, free for the public, in the Lynch Park Rose Garden. I also secured a corporate sponsor, and with funding from Kelly Nissan, costumes from Open Road Theatre, and the massive amounts of creative talent and energy by young people such as myself, we produced Twelfth Night in 2010.

And so began the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park in Beverly, MA.

Pantheon.

Pantheon.

The Spanish steps and Trevi Fountain. A Roman Holiday.

Postcards from Italy :)

Walking through the streets of Florence.