Monday, December 31, 2007

Richmond Shakespeare's Blog: Coming Attractions!

This entry will live at the top of the page for a while, so scroll down for news and updates.

Welcome, friends, to Richmond Shakespeare's new blog!

I am Andrew Hamm, Director of Training, and I will be your moderator for this discussion. No longer content to just comment over on
my own blog, I'm beginning a new endeavor of a more official nature over here.

This will be a bit more casual, and a lot more interactive, than RS's official website,, but no less informative. I freely acknowledge the debt of inspiration I owe to the big, beautiful Barksdale Buzz for giving me the idea. We can only hope to be as gorgeous as that site.

This site will be your web-source for news, updates, discussion, reviews, and general chit-chat about the goings-on here at RS. Please participate in the discussion! You can start by clicking on the "comments" link below to tell me what you'd like to see on this blog.

Anonymous posting is not permitted on this blog. This is not to discourage people from commenting, or even from disagreeing with each other. I love a good debate! But it has been my experience that anonymous posting allows much more irresponsible, insulting, and generally thoughtless web chat than if you sign your name to your comments. I encourage you to sign up for a Google account; it's quick and easy to do. If you don't have one, you'll be prompted through all the steps in the "comments" screen. The "Anonymous" posting option will remain for those who don't wish to sign up for a Google account, but any "anonymous" posts that do not include the poster's real name will be deleted. If you have a Google screen name that does not include some version of your real name, we similarly require that you sign your name to your post.

You can always email me at with any questions or issues that you don't wish to make public on this board. Your confidentiality will be kept absolutely.

So what can be expected here?
  • Shows! What's playing right now, what's in rehearsal, and what the process is like.

  • Classes! What's going on in the Training program? (Hint: it's big!)

  • Auditions! When can you audition for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall? (Hint: pretty soon!)

  • Pictures! A behind-the-scenes look at what's going on in our corner of the Richmond theatre world.

  • Links! To our friends around town, companies, organizations, and individual artists we know and love.

  • Discussions! We Shakespeareans like to think deep thoughts (in between the sex, violence, and supernatural that pervades the plays, of course), and I think theatre artists like to talk about their craft. In fact, I've read lots of discussions about the art and business of theatre on my blog, Barksdales, and the invaluable Richmond VA Theatre blog. This will be a place to come for highbrow and lowbrow discussion of our world.

  • Fun Stuff! Who wants to read a boring blog? I don't, and I sure don't want to write one. Hopefully this will be an entertaining place for Richmond Shakespeare's friends, fans, and family to visit a couple times a week for updates and discussion.

So what it really boils down to is this: Big things are in store for Richmond Shakespeare over the next weeks, months, and years as the company continues to grow and expand faster than we ever have. And we want the Richmond theatre community to be able to share in the experience. So here we are.

That's all for now. Come back for updates and for new features on the sidebar.

May the Bard be with you!


Frank Creasy said...

Good for you Andrew for discouraging anonymous (and the often accompanying insulting) posts on this blog. Nobody needs that. To borrow a quote from one of my favorite characters, Antonio, from "Twelfth Night": "In nature there's no blemish but the mind, none can be called deformed - but the unkind."

Here's to many thoughtful and intrigueing posts and comments in the future on this blog!

Andrew Hamm said...

And here's to intrigueing spelling!

A. Wiles said...

I don't know how long this blog has been set up, but it's fantastic! Thank you, RSF!

Frank Creasy said...

Another rule I'd suggest: Directors should be severely reprimanded if they correct the spelling of their actors who post on this blog.

Andrew Hamm said...

They should actually probably be severely beaten.

James said...

Hey Andrew!

The blog is most fresh. Nice job.


"May the Bard be With You"?

Come on, Andrew... We have it hard enough out there as it is. Don't let RS be that company...

And hey! Have you watched 'Slings and Arrows' yet? Don't be such a pussy! It's just a TV show!

Hope you're well!
Love and peas,


Andrew Hamm said...

You're criticizing me when you wrote "most fresh?"

Okay, mea culpa with "May the Bard Be With You." It'll slide down the page as the weeks go by...

James said...

I love the video clips, by the way.


Anonymous said...

What? Aren't the kids saying 'fresh' these days?

I also love the fight videos, by the way. Very fun.

Andrew Hamm said...

Crazy wack funky fresh!

Anonymous said...

Cool blog, I had not come across previously during my searches!
Continue the excellent work!

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