Speaking by telephone from Sheffield, England, Mr. Etchells, who appears in “On the Thousandth Night …,” discussed inanimate objects, epic performances and why most Forced Entertainment shows — the Skirball ones, too — are built to fail. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
Why Shakespeare? Why now?
If you’re based in the U.K., people are always saying, “Would you ever do Shakespeare?” For more than 30 years, our answer was, “No, I don’t think so.” What I like about this project is that we’re sort of doing them all, and then, in another way, not quite. We really focus on the plot architecture. Mostly, it’s very easygoing language, very everyday.
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