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Delacorte Days with the cast of CORIOLANUS | The Public Theater


We have to keep ourselves fueled for an entire day of tech This is my cold bucket of water to the digestive system. Our play is about what happens when you deplete all of the resources on your planet and you’re left with only plastic. That’s why we have 4,000 plastic bottles on the set. Oh my God. Yeah. We’re doing CORIOLANUS, which is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays. This is my first time in the park and I feel pretty cool about that. So we’re doing a technical rehearsal. We spent five weeks rehearsing in a theater at The Public, which is about half the size of The Delacorte, and so we’re kind of re-learning the play right now during the day time and then at night time, they add lights, sounds, costumes. I will tell you the truth, this does not stop being cool. Like walking into the park to go to work at the Delacorte is so cool. [sounds of saw buzzing, electrical sparks and gears turning] When we showed up and saw the set in person, we were like “Wow.” The setting feels immediate. It feels dangerous and urgent. We’re setting it in the year 2100 when society has decayed because of a changing climate and food is scarce. [sound of scraping metal] This is the most complicated, hectic scene in the play and of course it’s mid-July and it’s gonna be 90 degrees. Thank you. My cue is up. I have to watch this light. Let’s do this. Why was that slower than the last time? [laughing] It just needs to be a little faster now than you did it. I’m gonna go back. I play Titus Lartius. He’s a Roman general. I’m also understudying Johnny Cake who plays Coriolanus. It’s a lot of watching and listening and seeing how he’s finding different ways to tell the story. That’s been an incredible experience just to watch him build this strong, agressive, complex, deep character. The days are a bit of a slog. It ‘s kind of hard, but it’s nice because then we have our two hour dinner break. Everybody sort of resets. The sun gets way less intense And then you come back and then we’re getting full into hair, makeup, outfits, costumes. We have a half hour for that. Everybody during the day is just kind of like in their cozy comfies trying to survive the heat. Then it’s like [snaps] dystopian society. Put on your dirt. So that’s kind of the fun part. Once everybody’s in costumes and things come alive and you see it all kind of come together it’s so miraculous because there are so many people behind the scenes taking such care with everything from costumes to lighting to set design. “Shall I be charged no further than this present?
Must all determine here?” When Shakespeare wrote this play, they were having a lot of environment-related issues. Famine was happening, plagues were coming every year. And I hope that this show helps people understand the reality of what climate change will mean for us and for our children. I mean it’s really relevant. It’s very much a part of our present day. It’s an important piece about democracy and how we choose to use our powers with our government. I think it’s a very timely piece of Shakes. Going dark on stage. Going dark in the house.

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