For one night only Duomuži present their two person adaptation of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra. Actor Luke Robbins and director Colleen Sullivan discuss their production coming to The Bread & Roses Theatre on 28 November.
COLLEEN: Here we are back on Skype again. So, that’s my first question, can you talk a bit about our 9-month long rehearsal process on Skype for Antony & Cleopatra?
LUKE: It was a fascinating beast. It was a necessity given our locations and our separation -- oddly enough separation is a huge part of the play — but having that extended time was really helpful. The phrase that kept popping up during our process was this "A&C stew." We had months to think about these characters who were so complex, that defy logic and were so frustrating. We had a lot of time to spend with them individually. It was really interesting to find how personal Skype rehearsal could be.
COLLEEN: What do you mean by “personal”? What does that mean to you?
LUKE: Staring at a computer screen that was entirely Ronald’s face and getting to whisper to him was a really wild experience. Because most of the time I was alone in my apartment so I was feeling isolated on my side. In many ways, it was so much easier to tune everything out and just see him, just hear him. And I could hear everything. It was really nice to be able to play in our tiny, tiny miniature rehearsal space. For such a long time. And then to see it expand out when we were in person. The two spaces we were limited to on Skype helped shape the staging of the play.