Nathan Schmidt- Orsino
Nathan Schmidt takes on the love sick role of Orsino (and fight director) in Twelfth Night. Here’s a little bit more about him.
What excites you most about working on Twelfth Night? What a talented cast of actors, so full of life and generosity. The play is deep and funny. The Shakespeare Company is vital and working hard to make Shakespeare accessible and exciting to watch. I get to say “If music be the food of love play on” and I’m working on the fights. It’s all exciting.
How would you describe your character? Orsino is hunting for love but he doesn’t really want to catch it. It feels good to desire and pine after the woman that he “loves” but he believes that once he has love it will be boring that it will “fall into abatement and low price even in a minute.” He is hungry for contact but starves himself from it at the same time. He wants people around but is always sending them away. He is always swinging on the pendulum from one extreme to another. As Feste says “His mind is very Opal”
What’s your favourite quote from the play? “Hold, sir, or I’ll throw your dagger o’er the house!”
How did you get drawn to Shakespeare? School trips to the Citadel Theatre to see Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth when I was in Junior High and High school. I think it was mostly the intellectual challenge of it back then but now, it is the depth of human experience that is so concentrated and demands all of our attention to really get it.
Dream Shakespeare Role: Hotspur or Berowne
Favourite Shakespeare Play: Richard III
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