We had billed this production as the triumphant return of what we had deemed when celebrating our 10th anniversary as the best performance ever given at Marin Shakespeare Company. Diane was born to play Puck. Every move, every line reading, every insouciant reaction was essentially Puckish. In 1994 and 1996, Diane had played Puck complete with jaw-dropping acrobatics, many of which were performed on a 30-foot pole and involved things like sliding head down and escaping death by the pure strength of her thighs gripping the pole just before she smashed into the stage floor. Fortunately, this year, at age 40 or so, Diane had decided instead to work with Bonzer. I was able to replicate poorly a few of the dog tricks due to Bonzer's fine training, but there was no way I would have been able to climb the pole!
But there was certainly no way we were going to forgo the ticket revenue from the one Shakespeare play that is almost a guaranteed box office hit
I was terrified. It was a physical workout. It was a feat of concentration and will power. The audiences loved it. I ended up performing in eight shows. Bonzer came to live with us and he and I would visit Diane daily at Kaiser while the doctors tried to figure out how to make her healthy.
Eventually, Diane returned, much to everyone's delight - most especially mine. Oh, and the rest of the show (once I got to see it) was fantastic. Jonathan Gonzalez's death scene as Bottom was a particular show-stopper. And once again we had proven that "the show must go on."
- Lesley Currier
From the Playbill - Director 's Notes:
"True Story: Last year when Lesley and I were playing Titania and Oberon with our Baja Shakespeare company, I came to that magical speech (one of many) when Oberon, plotting with Puck, says:
My gentle Puck...Thou rememberest
Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song...
I turned my gaze to the Sea of Cortez which, conveniently, backs our Baja stage, and at that very moment a dolphin breached the surface and rolled back into the sea. Granted, I did not see the perhaps invisible mermaid, but it was one of those half dozen moments in a lifetime of theatre that froze me in my tracks.
And I thought, how luck are we happy few to do this amazing play. A Midsummer Night's Dream is like that, a dream of a play. It is the chocolate chip in the Shakespeare canon cookie. It's never a question of why a theatre wants to do Dream, only a question of how long before you can do it again."
- Robert Currier