by Erynn Brook on February 2, 2012

Friends, scholars, countrymen…

My deepest thanks, and congratulations to all of you! Thanks to your generous support over these last few months Hamlet Live is now ALIVE! It lives and breathes, it livestreams, it is performed live in Toronto, and I, as an artist, am alive with gratitude.

What an unusual creature an actor is, while I’ve done many shows for a paycheck, or the experience, or the character, the most rewarding thing of all is the applause. The moment when you finish and the audience shows their support, not with their wallets, but with their time, their energy, their yells.

I once tried to explain why I wanted to be an actor to my mother… It wasn’t easy. She finally commented that acting seemed a very unforgiving profession, for me to stand up there for a few hours, expending emotions and energy, putting myself into a place of deep pain, or grief, or love, and always conflict. She asked if I wasn’t ‘spent’ after, if I didn’t feel I had lost some part of myself, if perhaps the trade off wasn’t fair?

I told her the applause at the end was the exchange. Two hours of sweating and crying and laughing was always repaid in twenty seconds of applause at the end, and if that wasn’t enough, you could always change really quickly and dash around from the stage door to the front doors to see if you could overhear people chatting about the show.

On opening night one of our crew had the great fortune of overhearing one such comment in the washroom. “The acting was mind-blowing!”

And that one simple compliment has more than made my day, or my week, it’s made my whole year. So without trying to sound like a ham, please, I’d love to hear what you have to say about the show, not for my ego, but for research purposes.

(Ok and a little bit of my ego… :P)

So if you saw the livestream or the show in person, how was it? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What can we improve? Friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your voices!

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