Backstage at ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’

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Adrienne Sher, director

QUESTION: How long have you been a director?

ANSWER: “I’ve been a director for 20 years. 20 years directing, 40 years acting.”

Q: What brings you to Delta?

A: “There’s a budget crisis in the state schools. I normally work for the Los Rios schools in Sacramento, and I haven’t had a class in two semesters, their cancelling all sorts of classes. And Harvey had some space in his department out here.  He was looking for some new people to come out and work at Delta and I said ‘I will!’”

Q: Why did you choose this play?

A: “It’s always been on my short list of shows I want to direct. I’ve always wanted to do it. And Harvey said ‘Any ideas?’ and I said ‘How about Rosencrantz and Guildentstern?’, and he said ‘I like that.’ He was looking for something that went with the rest of his season.”

Q: How do you choose your actors?

A: “One of the first things I do when I’m working on a play is decide what are the essential qualities that each character has to have, the thing I can’t live without in my casting, than I look for that in the actors.”

Q: So why did you choose Matt and Chris?

A: “Because their perfect. They’re both really strongly those people and now that we rehearsed there more strongly those people I would say. And they made me laugh, its always good to make me laugh.”

Q: Whats your favorite scene from the play?

A: “Well I love the ‘Would you rather be alive in a box or dead in a box’ section. A lot of the things I love in this production are things that are silent that the actors have found.”

Matt Rust, “Rosencrantz”

QUESTION: What do you like most about this play?

ANSWER: “This play is a really witty play and at the same time it has a lot of slapstick and fun surface level humor too, so it kinda hits the funny bone on two levels.”

Q: Whats your favorite line?

A: “Its not mine, but ‘Pirates can happen to anyone.’ I think that line is hilarious.”

Q: Whats it like being on stage, do you get stage fright?

A: “Typically before a show I’ll probably be about as scared as humanly possible and probably sweating from every poor available, but as soon as I actually  get onto stage I kinda lose focus on everything. When the first act is done, and as soon as the first lights are off, and we’re not acting again and I’m like ‘oh my goodness, there’s reality again!’”

Christopher Perez, “Guildenstern”

QUESTION: Are you a big Shakespeare fan?

ANSWER: “Oh yea, I love Shakespeare, it’s so passionate and it really brings out a lot that an actor can bring to the table. Theirs few scripts now a days that can give actors that opportunity.”

Q: What’s your favorite scene in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?”

A: “The dumbshow, when the Tragedians are doing the dumbshow, I’m always laughing, it’s always fun to watch them, they all bring so much to the table with facial expressions, their movement, and its just so enjoyable to watch. And I look forward to that play every night.”

Q: Do you get nervous on stage and how do you cope with that?

A: “I’m actually losing my nervousness, I actually feel quite comfortable on stage now. I wish I could be nervous because anxiety actually helps when your performing. If you know how to use it.”

MORE PERFORMANCES: 8 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. in the Studio Theatre. Tickets prices are $10-$12. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Delta Center for the Arts Box Office (209) 954-5110