Serious Actors. No Director. One Rehearsal. In a Bar.
A book about the Back Room Shakespeare Project. This is why Shakespeare is better in bars.
The theatre Shakespeare built was a freaking madhouse. A riot. A hoot. It was full of unruly drunks whose other big hobby was watching dogs fight bears. Today, we stick his plays in theatres that are stuffy, mannered, and boring as hell, with audiences that are sober, polite, and prone to naps.
This is madness.
For six years, in the backs of Chicago bars, in the sweat and hum of standing-room only crowds, theBack Room Shakespeare Project has been at the fire, forging its tools. The Project aims to build a bridge that can cross the sad gap between the sleepy, tame Shakespeare we've inherited and the recklessly wonderful kind that is still possible.
Samuel Taylor wrote a book about it.
Samuel helped light the fire, and since then he's been one of the many hands at the forge. This little book is about the tools we have made, and why we have made them.
One part loveletter, one part history, three parts call to arms.