Sometimes people ask me how do I come up with my shows. "Shakespeare," they say to me, "how DO you come up with your shows?" I should've said "spoilers" in my first sentence. Sorry about that. The answer, dear friends, is long car rides with my wife.
When we're driving to or from a Renaissance Faire, my wife & I will discuss how things are going over with crowds, what do we think people would like to see next, we'll do character voices as Underpants Gnomes, and just generally brainstorm together on what could be the next show. In the spring of 2013 that's how we came up with Macbeth: Death by Fluffy Kittens. It was just us throwing ideas back & forth at each other, trying to make the other one laugh, and the "death by fluffy kittens" portion was there before actually being attached to a specific play. In fact, it became the driving force of Macbeth when I said the line, while driving the car, "Is this a dagger I see before me? No! 'Tis a fluffy kitten! For there is nothing so dread or deadly in this entire universe known as an adorable, fluffy kitten!" After laughing ourselves silly for a bit & nearly causing a 99-car pile-up of adorableness (because who doesn't love fluffy kittens? I mean, seriously? Anybody? Didn't think so), we realized that we had our show, and I just built the rest of it out from there, mostly through performing it to you, my good & gentle audience, and finding out what works, what jokes land, and what needs to be retooled. It's more art than science, a weird art that I'm not sure anyone else on this orb actually practices. But it's my process.
Since Macbeth: Death by Fluffy Kittens I've introduced more ridiculousness, such as The Tempest: A Three-Hour Tour (A Three-Hour Tour) and the all-new for this year Julius Ceasar: Beware the Ides of March of the Penguins. You'll be able to see them over the next three weekends at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire!
What new insanity shall be in store for the fall of 2015 and beyond? Maybe something with one of the Henry plays? A Midsummer Night's Dream? I don't know yet. In fact, "I don't know much, but I know I love you." I love you all, and I'll see you soon!