Shakespeare is back in the game for the 2015 season, with a new play!
As I write this, I am sitting & wondering how the next two days are going to play out. This is now the 10th year that I have played this character of William Shakespeare, and the 9th year that I've done a one-man show for him. I've played this character at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, the Virginia Renaissance Faire, the Hudson Valley Mayfaire, Mayfaire on the Green, Rogues' Renaissance Revenge, the Adirondack Renaissance Festival, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, the Rome Renaissance Revels, the New Hope Renaissance Faire, Smithville Renaissance Festival, W. Windsor Renaissance Faire, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, First Nights in Oneonta, NY, and Scranton, PA, birthday parties & corporate events, library shows, school shows and more. And yet ...
This is by far the BIGGEST Ren Faire that I've done in quite a few years. It COULD be a career--making or -breaking weekend. If it goes well, it's conceivable I could be invited back for a longer run next year, or even asked to do the Bristol or California faires. If it doesn't ... well, it's best to not dwell on that.
All I can do is to trust myself that I know what I am doing, that I am a professional, and that this is something that I have been working towards.
Godspeed, Master Shakespeare. I wish you (me!) well this weekend. Break a leg.
This used to be WillShakespeare.Net, and then it was pointed out to me that I always & forever - on Facebook posts, commenting on others' pages, in life - shout out, "Shakespeare approves!". And so about a year and a half to two years ago I introduced buttons, because people wanted to be "Shakespeare Approved," for their selves and their booths at renaissance faires. The buttons, starting out as a sticker on a plain wooden nickel, are now laser-engraved. Pretty classy, if I say so myself.
Then came the Twitter account. I went through about a handle per week for the first three months, and then my wife (who is much smarter than yours truly) suggested getting as close to "Shakespeare Approves" as possible. So now @ShakesApproves is a thing.
And this brings us to the web site. 700 official "likes" on Facebook - which, for an entertainer who heretofore has been doing this Quixotic activity on a strictly part time basis is no mean feat - four separate T-shirt designs (three designed by the AMAZING Todd Brugmans), and performing as Shakespeare for nearly half of the weekends of the year ... because of all of you. Thank you. And so, Shakespeare Approves!