Joan Mankin blogs from the set of SHREW

By Associate Artist Joan Mankin

Joan Mankin, Doug Hara, and Danny Scheie in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2009)

Joan Mankin, Doug Hara, and Danny Scheie (who she rejoins in Shrew) in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009); photo by Kevin Berne.

I’m so happy to be back working at the Bruns! I missed last summer, so being in the gorgeous new green room and dressing rooms is wonderful. To say nothing of being able to work with such a magnificent cast and crew for The Taming of the Shrew.  I remember when Shana Cooper was an artistic associate at Cal Shakes in 2002—my first year performing there. She’s come back as the director of this show, and her knowledge of outdoor performance and working at the Bruns Amphitheater is incredibly helpful in putting up this complex piece.

We all have so many costume changes. Last night (Sunday) was our first run-through with costumes, and we were all running around backstage trying to figure out what to put on next. I’m really interested to see how this piece works for the student matinees. I can’t imagine that the kids won’t love Kate and Petruchio wrestling. Right now my hardest task is figuring out how many different mustaches I can wear.



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