Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Such stuff as dreams

Saw "The Tempest" on Sunday night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; taking us from high desert heat to a tropical island; from everyday life to specters of magic; from acts of revenge to magnanimity and forgiveness.

Because little is known about why Shakespeare wrote what he did, there’s always speculation, discussion over what he might have meant, what might have influenced him. And so many things are open to interpretation. But to write plays that are timeless, that portray human nature so perceptively. Such genius. And such wonderful use of language…

"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep..."

I acted in plays during high school and college. I loved it. And on Sunday night, watching the antics of Ariel, "an airy spirit", thought of how fun it would be to play that part. (The actress, Sara Bruner, was fantastic.) Fantasizing about how it would be to be invisible, yet so powerful…

Yes, magical thinking…the stuff of dreams…


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