Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Merchant Of Venice

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. I was going to take a break from acting for a while. I've got a lot going on over the next few months and figured that I wouldn't have much time to take on another acting gig. One should also be willing to leave the audience wanting more while passing the torch to the next crop of aspiring actors. I got a phone call recently from the director of a local production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" asking if I might be willing to take a small part. I was asked to play The Duke of Venice but wasn't too thrilled with the prospect because I've already played a Duke in a Shakespeare play. I was about to decline when I was also offered the role of Launcelot Gobbo.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to play a fool and do some real comedy for once. I accepted the roles and got myself to rehearsal straight away. The best part of playing Launcelot Gobbo is that I get to play opposite my old college friend, Nicole who plays Launcelot's blind father. Having known each other for nearly 20 years, Nicole and I naturally play off each other well so our scene together is going to be very funny.

So, once again, it's time to lace up the boots and don the puffy sleeves. This time, there aren't many lines to memorize and I won't have to work too hard to get into the roles I've been given. It's going to be a lot of fun.

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