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Interview with our Hero, Kim Krane

Role in the show? 

I play Hero, Beatrice's cousin and Leonato's daughter, as well as Verges, right-hand man to Dogberry.

Brief background?

I was born in Arizona, and spent most of my young life in Kalamazoo, MI. I was lucky enough to receive a Bachelor's in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and an MFA from the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Play House training program. I've produced ShakesBEER for NYSX for the past three years. I firmly believe there's not a bad mood a solo dance party to nineties pop hits can't master and I think given the right opportunity Jake Johnson could master a Shakespearean clown role. 

Favorite Shakespeare play and why?

So hard to choose! Romeo and Juliet was the first Shakespeare play I fell in love with; I think the language in that play is remarkably beautiful. However, I have to credit my grad school teacher Geoff Bullen (RADA) for making me fall in love with the Bard. He took Shakespeare off the "high art shelf" and made it something we could touch, see, act and more importantly feel in tune with and love. He gave me a feeling about Shakespeare I didn't get again until linking up with Ross Williams and his NYSX contemporaries.

Two words to describe Much Ado?

Love triumphs     

What kind of preparation did you do for the role?

I spent a good deal of time researching past productions, as well as literary criticism of this play in order to understand how it has been perceived in the past, and what I want our specific production to do. And of course, going back to the text. It's all there. Shakespeare knew what he was doing. After that it's about being in the room with the company and shaping the story we aim to tell as a team. 

What makes this adaptation different from another Shakespeare play you’ve been in?

It's different based on the nature of "Intersections". Before rehearsals started the cast was already working on and performing ShakesBEER together. It was lovely to start rehearsals for this show already feeling a strong, supportive sense of ensemble in place. Also, I have never been in a Shakespeare play that uses our current technology. We are dealing with a very current form of communication within a play written centuries earlier. It's been interesting to discern between social norms that have changed versus those that have remained relatively the same. 

What is the most difficult aspect of your role or the play?

Hero, while being critical to the plot of the play has less to say than most, therefore, it has been my focus to make sure her inner life is full; to be specific in clarifying her desires, point of view and her obstacles in every scene. Verges has been it's own unique challenge: the constables deliver comedic relief when the play veers towards a drama; however their language, as well as their thoughts are convoluted. Luckily, I have the brilliant Sam Leichter to play against, and these scenes have become a welcome joy in the rehearsal process. The quick changes between the two characters however: those might remain to be the most challenging yet! 

 

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