"It's a giant game of clowning," says Ingrid Olsund in describing the production of "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" currently in rehearsals at AFD. "You can look to the philosophical wordplay, and put a lot of things on it, but it simply works best as a comedy - as a series of games."
Olsund has cast a delightfully odd and zany bunch of actors to bring physical play, emotional weight, tremendous chemistry - and joy -- to the stage.
"I needed a troupe of weirdos to come out of the woodwork and have fun," she says. "Every single one brought something different and wonderful to the table. They're all working together well and becoming one organism, that moves together, breathes together."
She cites the chemistry that was quickly apparent between the two actors playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and how they're developing a relationship through the weeks together.
Ingrid Olsund, director
"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two little pawns getting moved around different worlds that all have different rules. What are the rules? What are they allowed to do? what are they supposed to be doing? These two actors are so good, and so good together.”
Rosencrantz: Mackenzie Carroll
Leading Player: Sara Kerr
Guildenstern: Jaymes Sanchez