...this Wooden O (as Shakespeare called the Globe theater in Henry V).
For 27 years we have attended the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar CityUtah. It has been the highlight of our summers. The plays are set in a Globe style, outdoor theater which is shaped like a large O. The Festival started in 1962 and over the years has become world famous. In 2000 the Festival won the Toni Award for Best Regional Theater. It is a stand out in the rural, often backward, setting of Southern Utah.
This year we only attended one play, Hamlet, which was exceptional. Brian Vaughn, who played the lead role, has become our favorite actor over the years as he runs the gamut from comedy to drama beautifully.
After the play I took a moment to have a chat with Will and steal a midnight kiss. He never fails to enjoy my company and admire my knitting. He always inspires me with his plays and poetry.
Juliet was especially beautiful when we returned the next morning for a brief visit. She was taken with the beautiful quilted bag, which was created by the talented Emily (just in time to make the trip with me). She almost made off with my sock, but her lead feet were in my favor. Poor King Lear is as angry as ever when he tries and fails to knit. I try each year to help him learn but it seems his brain is a little too far gone.
Should I try again next year or just give up and let him alone?
We will return to our favorite O next year to see Twelfth Night and King Lear. Maybe if I give Lear a standing ovation he'll be more agreeable.
If you get a chance to visit a Wooden O, do so...there is nothing like seeing the Bard's plays live.