365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

46. Francis Flute, the giggles-maker.

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In the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that I got to assist on this past spring/summer, I met a few interesting characters. One of them was Brandon Crowder’s interpretation of Francis Flute, who he decided to play as a total diva with some serious catwalk attitude.


During rehearsals, Brandon (along with the rest of the cast) would surprise Andrew Hamm (director) and I with some brilliant idea or choice that would inevitably crack us up and end up in the show. Take, for example, this clip from an early rehearsal, in which Flute (as Thisby) mourns over Bottom (as Pyramus) in their much-enjoyed play within a play from the final act:

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You see?! You see what that man subjected us to, rehearsal after rehearsal after rehearsal? I would leave with my stomach aching as though I had done a thousand crunches every night. Utter torture. Oh, well, at least I wasn’t expected to lie there “dead” and not laugh…poor Adam.


Written by Caroline Mincks

November 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM

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