‘Hamlet’ On Track Despite COVID-19

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will—

Hamlet, Act V, Scene ii

Despite our unwavering and steadfast march forward, it is disheartening that today we received notice that our planned venue for Hamlet, the Orcas Center, our community’s center for the arts, will be wisely, yet sadly, closing to the public at least until May 1st. This follows suit with our public schools and public library closing until that time. (Preventing projected problems by prophylactic processes proves prudent.) And it prompted me to write a short bit of verse:

With a grievous heart I take this news
And for the common benefit it is
Most virtuous and prudent in its act.
For th’agéd and infirm we must direct
Our thoughts and care in these pandemic times.
But Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy
Concludes, Art comes to us our saving muse,
Our healer, to put unction on our soul
And to remind us what we’re living for.
Stay calm. Stay light. Always do what’s right.

Unless public gatherings (inside or outside) pose a health risk and are banned beyond autumn this year, there will still be a production of our unabridged Hamlet with an all-female cast in 2020! Although our performance dates for the end of July are tentative, our cast will be ready because, as Hamlet says, “The readiness is all.” So, we are pressing on with preproduction and rehearsals wherever and whenever.

There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.

Hamlet, Act V, Scene ii

Stay tuned!