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Ali McGhee has a Ph.D. in English...
We've cut the text in a way that makes it sound very modern. The through-line is very concise. We've kept the way Shakespeare communicates, which by the end of the play sounds very natural, but we've taken out the redundancy by putting in entirely non-verbal scenes or having moments in scenes that are non-verbal. At some moments it turns into dance.
We have three current students in the show who are rising seniors. The rest of us are from several graduating classes that represent a range of years. Most of us live in NYC right now. The trouble of NYC is that the city requires so much capital to create something. I end up getting asked to do a lot of things for free by people who shouldn't be asking other people to do things for free. This [production] is an opportunity to come down here and actually do a show, pay people a working wage, and create a professional show in a place that's not saturated.