On the road again
December 6, 2013
On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again.
- Willie Nelson
I thought it only fitting that as I prepare to leave beloved bard country and make the jump back across the pond, I give you a proper American send off . So I'mquoting one of our own living legends, a bard in his own right, that master of the country and western twang, Willie Nelson.
The song about the wanderer's life struck a chord with me this week when it came up on my iPod shuffle during a sunny mid-morning run along the Greenway. I feel like I've been hidden away in this Shakespearean haven for ages.
In reality, I've only been here for a month. Though I suppose that is ages in the life of someone in such a transient and ephemeral profession.
Now it's time to go back home. But as you may recall from a previous post, home takes on a different definition for me.
Right now, home is a set of boxes, three suitcases, and a plane, train, or automobile. The show is packed, the bags are by the door, and the Antony and Cleopatra company is getting ready to hit the road again.
What I do for a living truly is 'making music with my friends'. This company and the people at the RSC have become my friends. And night after night we get to make music together. The two hours traffic of our stage. Never the same show twice. As water is in water.
So this is it, my last post from Stratford. I thought about trying to write some lengthy didactic essay about the process of moving a show, what it's like to prep a tour, how we're getting ready to face the challenges of a new space, and how I as a stage manager work through that process.
But all that will keep until next month when we land in sunny Miami. Right now, I just want to bid a fond farewell to my new friends at the Royal Shakespeare Company and this wonderful town (and yes, I'll miss my nail salon too).
Thank you all for a magical experience. I hope I get to make music together with you here again.
Top image: packing her box again.
Middle image: all boxed up and ready to go.
Bottom image: she's leaving on a jet plane.
by Evangeline Whitlock
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