Tim Supple offers up a taste of India in his multi-lingual production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Supple's production, which has previously been seen in both England and India, also incorporates a physicality that might seem unexpected. "Indian theater has many profoundly different physical personalities that bring a great variety of expression to this play," says Supple. "These actors have a stronger connection to the body and that alleviates some alienation that the language might have."
But that's not the only reason Supple cast Indian performers. "Shakespeare stands on the cusp between the ancient and modern theater. We mostly look to our Shakespeare performances to illuminate the realist side, but we're not so good at connecting with the ritualistic aspect," he says. "These Indian actors are, because their traditional theater is much more stylized and emblematic than ours."