Journal # 2 – Ty Fanning

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September 4th, 2014 “For it so falls out That what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours.” -Friar Act 4:1 It would be a great understatement to claim that working on a Shakespeare play is a constant learning process. Seemingly, after a month of rehearsal and a 3-week run of a show you would have a sense that you’d wrapped your head around the playwright’s true intentions. Each time I think I’ve reached this point, I’m knocked flat on my ass with a whole new understanding, often branching from a simple and singular line of text. This sliver of text will somehow manage to culminate and even magnify a brand new perspective of the play. The text above may be the most prominent to have done so in our production of Much Ado About Nothing. It doesn’t seem possible that only 6 months ago this company existed solely in the minds of Drew and myself. Yet, here we are a week from hitting the road to Colorado on an extended/touring run of Ado. This piece of the text above from the Friar in Act 4’s wedding scene may best summarize all the feelings I’ve had throughout this process as well as my new outlook on the play itself. Benedick and Beatrice, former lovers and full-time despisers of each other, are the central piece to this idea, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” I had never seen the relationship this way but now I can’t help but believe it’s the key to their imminent love. Each character in the play seems to experience some form of a lack of appreciation for the love they have or are given. Leonato’s trust for Hero is immediately thrown away in the wedding, Claudio’s belief in the ungrounded facts of Hero’s disloyalty, Don John’s betrayal of Don Pedro’s second chance; these are all forms of this single line of text above. We don’t know what we truly had until it’s no longer ours. As Co-Artistic Director of unMasqued I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to follow and support us on this crazy journey. We hope to heed the advice from the Friar well and never take for granted the massive amount of love and support we receive each day from friends, family, and strangers. Ty Fanning Co-Artistic Director

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