Bard In The Backcountry

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Bard In The Backcountry

From first read through to final performance, this program takes a behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and tells the story of Shakespeare in Montana. Meet professional actors, some veterans and some fresh out of school, who have their lives changed by the people and places of Montana.

AIRED: May 12, 2016 | 0:57:59
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(CALMING MUSIC)

- THE ONLY EXPOSURE I EVER HAD TO SHAKESPEARE

WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE STUDIED HAMLET AND CAESAR

AND AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE I WASN'T TERRIBLY EXCITED

ABOUT SHAKESPEARE (LAUGHS).

- AND YOU JUST GO STRAIGHT, AND GO BY A COUPLE OF HOUSES

AND WHEN YOU GO UP A STEEP HILL, PAST THEM HOUSES,

AND GET OUT ON TOP AND AS SOON YOU COME OUT

WHERE THERE'S NO MORE TREES OR ANYTHING.

- HMM-MM.

- UH, THERE'LL BE A ROAD TURN TO THE LEFT,

AND THAT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE TOWER

AND THEN IT'S ONLY ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF.

(FOREBODING MUSIC)

- IT'S JUST, IT'S AWESOME AND YOU'RE ON THIS BUTTE

AND LIKE 250 PEOPLE SHOWED UP, IN A TOWN OF 18.

AND WHEN YOU DRIVE IN, YOU SEE A SIGN

WITH EVERYBODY'S LAST NAME ON IT

AND AN ARROW, AND IT TELLS YOU HOW MANY MILES IT IS

TO THEIR HOUSE.

- [VOICEOVER] UHM, LET'S SEE TWO, FOUR...

- [VOICEOVER] SEVEN.

- SIX, EIGHT.

- I THINK THERE'S NINE OF US NOW.

- WHO'S THE NINTH ONE?

- IT'S CHELSEA.

- OH CHELSEA, OH THEN IT WOULD BE 10 BECAUSE SHE HAS A BABY.

- YEAH.

- THERE'S 10 PEOPLE.

(FOREBODING MUSIC)

- [VOICEOVER] ON YOU NOBLEST ENGLISH,

DISHONOR NOT YOUR MOTHERS.

NOW ATTEST THAT THOSE WHOM YOU CALLED FATHERS DID BEGET YOU.

- [VOICEOVER] AYE.

- [VOICEOVER] AND YOU, GOOD YEOMAN,

WHOSE LIMBS WERE MADE IN ENGLAND,

SHOW US HERE THE METTLE OF YOUR PASTURE.

LET US SWEAR THAT YOU ARE WORTH YOUR BREEDING,

WHICH I DOUBT NOT, FOR THERE IS NONE OF YOU

SO MEAN AND BASE, THAT HATH NOT NOBLE LUSTER IN YOUR EYES.

I SEE YOU STAND LIKE GREYHOUNDS IN THE SLIPS,

STRAINING UPON THE START.

THE GAME'S AFOOT.

FOLLOW YOUR SPIRIT, AND UPON THIS CHARGE CRY:

"GOD FOR HARRY!"

- [GROUP] FOR HARRY!

- [KING HENRY] "ENGLAND!"

- [GROUP] ENGLAND!

- [KING HENRY] "CHARGE!"

- [GROUP] CHARGE!

(SHOUTING AND GROWLING)

(APPLAUSE)

- [VOICEOVER] MAJOR FUNDING FOR "BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY"

WAS PROVIDED BY,

THE MONTANA FILM OFFICE,

THE GILHOUSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION,

THE RUTH & VERNON TAYLOR FOUNDATION,

THE MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM,

FRIENDS OF MONTANAPBS,

THE GREATER MONTANA FOUNDATION,

ENCOURAGING COMMUNICATION ON ISSUES, TRENDS AND VALUES

OF IMPORTANCE TO MONTANANS,

MR. & MRS. ROBERT BURCH,

HUMANITIES MONTANA,

AND DON & MARILYN MURDOCK.

(FOLK MUSIC)

- GOOD EVENING BIG TIMBER!

GOOD EVENING HERON!

GOOD EVENING RED LODGE!

FISH TAIL AND ABSORKEE!

WELCOME TO THE 41ST SEASON OF

MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS!

(APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

PLEASE ENJOY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S "HENRY V".

(ANTICIPATING TRUMPETING AND APPLAUSE)

UH, THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR THAT I'VE BEEN ON TOUR

WITH MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS.

THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR AS COMPANY MANAGER,

AND THIS YEAR THERE'S EIGHT PEOPLE NEW ON TOUR.

IT'S GONNA BE BRAND NEW TO THEM, NO MATTER WHAT.

- BUT THIS IS MY FIRST TOUR IN THE SENSE OF,

I AM IN A NEW CITY EVERYDAY, IN A NEW BED EVERYDAY,

WITH JUST THE PEOPLE THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH.

THIS IS THE FARTHEST WEST

I'VE EVER BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES.

- THIS SUMMER, THE COMPANY IS DOING "HENRY V",

WHICH I AM DIRECTING AND GEORGE FARQUHAR'S

THE RECRUITING OFFICER A RESTORATION COMEDY,

BILL BROWN'S DIRECTING.

I ALWAYS LIKE TO START OFF WITH A READ THROUGH,

REALLY WE SIT DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A COMPANY.

THERE'S ALWAYS TO ME AN INTERESTING ENERGY IN THE ROOM

AT THAT TIME, ACTORS ARE NERVOUS,

THEY'RE TRYING TO IMPRESS EACH OTHER,

IT'S A BONDING DAY I THINK, FOR MOST ACTORS.

PARTICULARLY WITH SHAKESPEARE I THINK,

IT IS REALLY HELPFUL TO STAY AT THE TABLE

AND TALK TO THEM A LITTLE BIT

AND DISCUSS COMPLETELY

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN.

THEN I LIKE TO PUT A STRUCTURE TO THE PLAY

BY PRE-BLOCKING THE SCENES.

SO THAT WE ADD MOVEMENT TO IT.

UH, TO ABOUT HERE.

AND THEN WE'LL OF COURSE GO BACK

AND ALL THE BLOCKINGS THAT I HAD PRE-BLOCKED

WILL CHANGE (LAUGHS).

BUT, IT'S MY JOB TO HELP THEM SEE THINGS THEY DON'T.

- YEAH, I'VE NEVER BEEN IN MONTANA, BUT UHM,

BUT YEAH I KNEW, AFTER SEEING THE PICTURES,

THAT IT WAS GONNA BE AMAZING.

- TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 41 YEARS,

THAT I HAVE AN ACTOR WHO IS PLAYING ONE CHARACTER

WHO IS SENT FROM THE ROOM, TO BRING HIMSELF ON

AS ANOTHER CHARACTER.

(APPLAUSE)

- NEVER DID THE CLERGY AT ONE TIME

BRING IN TO ANY OF YOUR ANCESTORS.

- [KING HENRY] CALL IN THE MESSENGERS SENT FROM THE DAUPHIN.

NOW ARE WE WELL RESOLVED,

AND BY GOD'S HELP, AND YOURS,

THE NOBLE SINEWS OF OUR POWER,

FRANCE BEING OURS, WE'LL BEND IT TO OUR AWE,

OR BREAK IT ALL TO PIECES,

RULING IN LARGE AND AMPLE EMPERY

OVER FRANCE AND ALL HER ALMOST KINGLY DUKEDOMS,

OR LAY THESE BONES IN AN UNWORTHY URN,

TOMBLESS, WITH NO REMEMBRANCE OVER THEM.

(ANTICIPATING TRUMPETING)

NOW ARE WE WELL PREPARED TO KNOW THE PLEASURE

OF OUR FAIR COUSIN DAUPHIN?

FOR WE HEAR YOUR GREETING IS FROM HIM, NOT FROM THE KING.

- AND OUR EMBASSY.

- WE ARE NO TYRANT, BUT A CHRISTIAN KING!

- [VOICEOVER] I HAD NEVER SEEN THE ROCKIES

BEFORE I CAME TO MONTANA THIS SUMMER.

I AM VERY EXCITED TO SEE, TO PERFORM SHAKESPEARE OUTSIDE

AND NOT NECESSARILY TO

AN URBAN AUDIENCE.

- WE USUALLY GET THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE GRADUATED

AND HAVE BEEN IN THE REAL WORLD FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

SO THEY COME TO US AS PROS.

OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

THAT WHOLE SECTION OFF TO THE LEFT.

I LOVE REHEARSING.

AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE I NEVER KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN.

ONE OF YOU CAN DO IT.

YOU CAN DO IT.

BECAUSE YOU'RE SAUCY, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)

THIS MAN LOVES THIS WOMAN.

RIGHT?

- SO WHEN HE'S SAYING, UH,

I'M SORRY I MADE NO BETTER USE OF 'EM,

HE'S SAYING, I SHOULD HAVE...

- I MADE NO BETTER USE.

- YES, YOU'RE RIGHT.

- YES, BUT WHY ARE YOU SO MAD AT HER (LAUGHS)?

- OKAY.

- [WILLIAM] THEY USUALLY UNDERSTAND

THAT I'M NOT GONNA TELL THEM WHERE TO GO.

I'M GONNA LET THEM LEAD ME.

- I'M SORRY I MADE NO BETTER USE OF 'EM.

BUT MAY YOU REMEMBER, MADAM.

- [WOMAN] SIRE.

(LAUGHTER)

- [WILLIAM] I THINK WE'RE ON TO SOMETHING.

- RIGHT. - [WILLIAM] I THINK WE'RE

ON TO SOMETHING, YOU KNOW.

- HE HASN'T EVER THOUGHT OF IT BEFORE?

- TOTALLY, TOTALLY.

BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY WE ARE (LAUGHS).

- [VOICEOVER] THIS IS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE IN MONTANA.

OFTEN ACTORS, YOU KNOW, YOU ACT AT NIGHT

AND THEN DURING THE DAY YOU HAVE YOUR DESK JOB

OR YOU WAIT TABLES, OR YOU DO THIS,

THAT AND THE OTHER, BUT COMING HERE AND BEING ABLE TO

BE AN ARTIST, WAS REALLY, REALLY EXCITING

AND BEING WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE

THAT WERE JUST AS EXCITED.

- [GROUP] DAY OFF TOMORROW!

- I SUBMITTED MY HEAD SHOT AND RESUME,

GOT AN AUDITION SLOT TIME, BUT THEN DIDN'T GET IN.

UHM...

IT REALLY DID SEEM LIKE A GREAT COMPANY

AND I WANTED TO WORK FOR THEM,

SO THEN THE NEXT YEAR WHEN THEY CAME THROUGH TOWN,

I TRIED AGAIN, I GOT THE CALL A FEW WEEKS LATER

TO COME OUT.

I'VE NEVER BEEN TO MONTANA BEFORE,

THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIRST TIME OUT

IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.

YEAH..

- SO, YEAH, GO AS FAR BACK AS YOU NEED TO.

- EVERYTHING HAS TO BE BUILT VERY STURDY

BECAUSE THEY'RE ON THE ROAD FOR THREE MONTHS

AND THEY DON'T HAVE A WARDROBE CREW,

THEY DON'T HAVE ANYBODY TO HELP SOW.

THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH OUT THERE ON THEIR OWN,

SO WE TRIED TO BUILD THEM AS TOUGH AS WE CAN TO ENDURE.

- [GRAYSON] WHEN WE'RE ON THE ROAD, IT JUST THE ACTORS

TAKING CARE OF ALL THE TECHNICAL SIDES.

I'M HEAD OF TAKING CARE OF THE COSTUMES AND THE WIGS.

(GROUP CHATTERING)

- YES, PLEASE.

40 AND A HALF.

- OH THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING.

- [ALEX] DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT,

DON'T EVEN TALK TO ME ABOUT IT.

WE BUILT THIS SHOW FROM THE GROUND UP,

WE BUILT EVERYTHING FOR THIS SHOW BUT THE SHIRTS.

AND THEN BASED ON THE COURT AND BASED,

BECAUSE YOU HAVE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS

OF DIFFERENT ECONOMIC GROUPS.

SO YOU'VE GOT THE ROYAL COURT, WHICH WE

DID A LOT MORE VELVETS AND UPPER CLASS FABRICS AND SILKS,

AND THEN WITH THE LOWER CLASS WE'VE GOT A LOT OF

COTTONS, WOVENS, WOOLS, LEATHER.

- [VOICEOVER] I LOOK FOR FABRICS THAT

LOOK AMAZING IN THE SUNLIGHT, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE.

(APPLAUSE)

THE TIMELINE FOR DESIGNING FOR SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

IS RELATIVELY SHORT.

WHEN EVERYBODY IS HERE, PHYSICALLY,

IT'S FOUR WEEKS, MAX.

SO I START REALLY EARLY.

JANUARY TO FIND A TEAM, FROM THAT POINT

THERE'S RESEARCH, THERE'S DISCUSSION,

AND THEN ALL THE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER, YOUR TEAM

THAT YOU HAVE CONTRACTED OUT, COME TOGETHER

ON MEMORIAL DAY, THAT WEEKEND.

EVERYBODY ELSE IS HAVING A PICNIC AND WE'RE IN HERE.

WE HAVE FOUR WEEKS, REALLY,

BEFORE OUR SHOW GOES UP.

THERE'S A LOT THAT GOES IN THAT AN AUDIENCE MEMBER

WILL OBVIOUSLY NEVER KNOW.

BUT IF THEY WALK AWAY AND FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING WAS RIGHT,

THEN YOU'VE DONE YOUR JOB,

BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTER,

YOU'VE TOLD MORE ABOUT IT, IN THE COSTUME.

- THAT'S THE ONE. - ALL RIGHT!

(CALMING MUSIC)

- [JOEL] THESE ARE FUN, I LOVE THESE.

THE JOB OF FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE,

TO BE A PART OF THIS COMPANY,

IT'S ONE OF THE CHALLENGES,

BECAUSE IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF ACTOR, I THINK,

WHO IS WILLING TO DO ALL OF THAT WORK.

- [STEVE] AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU KNOW, IT'S 10 ACTORS

THAT GO ON THE ROAD, AND WE SET UP OUR OWN SET,

AND WE RUN OUR OWN SOUND, AND WE FIX OUR OWN PROPS,

AND WHEN THE SET BREAKS, THAT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TOO,

AND THEN AFTER WE PERFORM A TWO HOUR SHOW

IN THE BLAZING HOT SUN, WE TEAR DOWN THE SHOW AGAIN,

SOMETIMES IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT.

- THIS SWORD!

- [VOICEOVER] I TOOK IT BECAUSE I WANTED

TO HAVE AN ADVENTURE.

AND THIS IS, THIS IS AS ADVENTUROUS

I THINK, AS IT GETS, YOU KNOW.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE FRONTIER, OF LIKE THEATER,

YOU'RE OUT IN THE WILD!

- [VOICEOVER] DOUBLE PASS BACK, PARRY FIVE, GO.

DOUBLE PASS FORWARD, THRUST, GO.

- [GROUP] YA!

- [VOICEOVER] EN GARDE.

OKAY, BACK AND FORTH, YOU KEEP YOUR TORSO TALL

SO AS YOU GO FORWARD, YOU'LL ALMOST WANNA THINK

THAT YOUR STERNUM, YOUR CHEST, KIND OF LEADS YOU.

NOW MY GOAL, IS TO GET MY PARTNER, OFF BALANCE.

OKAY?

AND WE BEGIN.

- [VOICEOVER] YEAH, I DIG, I DIG STAGE COMBAT.

I THINK OFTEN IN FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

YOU CAN GET SO EXCITED ABOUT FIGHTING,

THAT YOU SORT OF LOSE TRACK OF THE STORY.

BUT I THINK WE'RE DOING A GOOD JOB OF, KEEPING THE STORY.

- [GRAYSON] IN MY STAGE COMBAT CLASS WE NEVER ACTUALLY

GOT TO DO BROADSWORD AND QUARTERSTAFF,

SO WHEN I CAME IN, I WAS PETRIFIED,

BECAUSE I HAD NEVER DEALT WITH ANY OF THAT.

A LOT OF IT WAS LEARNING HOW TO CORRECTLY HOLD IT,

HOW TO SEND THE ENERGY OUT,

LEARNING HOW TO FAKE A FIGHT,

WHERE YOU RELAY THE ENERGY AND HOW YOUR ACTING

IS MAKING THE AUDIENCE BELIEVE THAT

YOU ARE GOING TO KILL THE PERSON YOU'RE WORKING WITH,

BUT, YOU KNOW ON THE INSIDE, YOU'RE COMPLETELY SAFE,

I'M COMPLETELY SAFE, WE KNOW EXACTLY

WHAT WE'RE DOING, WE'RE GOOD.

- SO, I THINK ONE THE HARD THINGS ABOUT "HENRY V"

IN TERMS OF CHOREOGRAPHING A BATTLE,

IS HOW DO YOU HISTORICALLY REPRESENT

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AT THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT.

FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR,

FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.

ONE, TWO, OKAY, GOOD.

- [VOICEOVER] AT THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT,

THE BRITISH HAD THEIR LONGBOWS,

AND THE FRENCH HAD THEIR HORSES

AND ALL OF THEIR SHINY ARMOR,

AND THEY RODE IN AND THERE WAS A HUGE STORM

AND THEY GOT CAUGHT IN ALL THIS MUD,

AND THEY COULDN'T MOVE, AND SO THE BRITISH

JUST STAYED BACK AND LAUNCHED THESE LONGBOWS

AND ESSENTIALLY JUST MASSACRED ALL OF THE FRENCH.

- [CASEY]... I MEAN THESE HAUGHTY, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

I MEAN LIKE THE PRIDE OF EUROPE

AND OF POETRY AND ART, UHM...

AGAINST UHM...

THEY'RE NOT CIVILIZED COMPARED TO THE FRENCH.

THE FRENCH ARE SO FAR ABOVE THEM IN THAT WAY IN BEAUTY,

AND THE ENGLISH CRUSH THEM, THEY DESTROY THEM,

THE FRENCH ARE PRESSED DOWN IN MUD.

AND I THINK THE ENTIRE WAY THE FRENCH

VIEW THE ENGLISH HAS TO BE SHATTERED AFTER THAT.

- [KEVIN] HOW DO WE SHOW THAT TO THE AUDIENCE, YOU KNOW,

THROUGH MOVEMENT AND THROUGH STAGE COMBAT.

SO BY USING SLOW MOTION AND BY DOING A LITTLE BIT

MORE OF SOME STYLIZED WORK WITH THE FIGHT,

MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN ALLOW THE AUDIENCE A WAY IN.

(FOREBODING MUSIC)

(GRUNTING AND SHOUTING)

(GROANS)

- [VOICEOVER PERFORMANCE] COME NOW GENTLEMEN!

WHAT SEE YOU IN THOSE PAPERS THAT YOU LOSE SO MUCH...

- WHENEVER PEOPLE ASK ME ABOUT IT, I SAY IT'S HARD.

I MEAN IT'S UH, IT'S A NONSTOP WORK REALLY.

IF YOU'RE KINDA HEARTY AND OPEN

AND HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

YOU CAN HAVE A REALLY GOOD TIME.

- BEFORE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL

I HAD NO IDEA THAT YOU COULD BE AN ACTOR

IN THEATER AND MAKE A LIVING OUT OF IT.

IF YOU CAN'T SEE YOURSELF HAPPY,

LIVING ANY OTHER CAREER OR LIFE, THEN DO THEATER.

IF YOU CAN, PROBABLY NOT YOUR THING (LAUGHS).

'CAUSE IT'S A TOUGH, TOUGH, TOUGH GIG.

- [KODY] I HAVE BEEN TO MONTANA BEFORE,

AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLACE

THAT I'VE REALLY WANTED TO GO TO.

COMING HERE MEETING THESE PEOPLE YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE

A LITTLE INSTANT FAMILY, SO YOU KNOW,

EVERYBODY GETS THEIR

CLASSIFICATIONS, YOU KNOW.

AND I ALREADY FEEL LIKE I'M THE LITTLE BROTHER,

EVEN THOUGH I'M ONE OF THE OLDER PEOPLE (LAUGHS).

SO, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT REALLY SAYS

FOR MY MATURITY LEVEL BUT...

...CAN I DO BOTH?...

- [VOICEOVER] WOOOOW! - [VOICEOVER] OH HE CAN!

- WONDER IF I CAN SWITCH IT?

(COUNTRY MUSIC)

- CARRY THEM HERE AND THERE, JUMPING O'ER TIMES,

TURNING THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MANY YEARS

INTO AN HOURGLASS, FOR THE WHICH SUPPLY.

- [GROUP] ADMIT US, CHORUS TO THIS HISTORY.

- WHO, PROLOGUE-LIKE, YOUR HUMBLE PATIENCE PRAY,

GENTLY TO HEAR, KINDLY TO JUDGE OUR PLAY.

(APPLAUSE)

- [VOICEOVER PERFORMANCE] THE SUN DOTH GILD OUR ARMOR, UP, MY LORDS!

- [VOICEOVER] (FRENCH LANGUAGE), MY HORSE!

(FRENCH LANGUAGE), HA!

(FOREBODING MUSIC)

- [STEVE] THE TEST OF A GROUP IS THE FIRST TWO WEEKS

ON TOUR, BECAUSE THE FIRST TWO WEEKS ON TOUR

IS WHEN PRIVACY BECOMES A COMMODITY.

WHEN WE'RE REALLY GONNA FIND OUT HOW WE FUNCTION

AS A GROUP, IS WHEN WE WE'RE AROUND EACH OTHER 24/SEVEN.

THIS COMPANY CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE SOMEBODY

WHO'S A REALLY TALENTED ACTOR, BUT A WRETCHED HUMAN BEING.

WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A UNIT,

AS AN ENSEMBLE, AS A CREW, ALL SUMMER LONG.

- [MIRIAM] THE ACTORS THEMSELVES ARE BUILDING THE SET

AND TAKING IT DOWN EVERYDAY,

AND THERE'S NOBODY ON TOUR BUT THE ACTORS.

AT FIRST, THAT SORT OF...

IT SURPRISED ME THAT NOBODY HAD ANYTHING TO SAY,

LIKE OH, IT'S EXHAUSTING AND IT'S A MESS.

- [VOICEOVER] YEAH SEAGULL, I'M ON YOUR SIDE SEAGULL!

- [VOICEOVER] OH SEAGULL, OH SEAGULL.

- [VOICEOVER] OH GOD, THIS ONE SEAGULL HAS TAKEN OUT

THE ENTIRE ROBIN FAMILY...

- [VOICEOVER] HOW DO WE KNOW IT'S THE SAME SEAGULL?

- [VOICEOVER] WELL AND LOOK..[INAUDIBLE AWE]

[INCREDULOUS AWWW ]

COME ON NATURE!

- OH, IT'S GOING AFTER IT.

- [VOICEOVER] HEARING YOU SAY THAT DRESSED

THAT WAY IN YOUR LITTLE TIGHTS...

- AND THAN THE SALMON EATS THE BEAR.

(LAUGHTER) -THEN DO YOUR LITTLE DANCE...

- AND THEN THE SALMON EATS THE BEAR!

(LAUGHTER)

- [STEVE] WELCOME TO THE 41ST SEASON OF

MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS!

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

WHO'S READY TO HEAR A SHOW?

(MARCHING MUSIC)

- UH, WE'RE TUCKED AWAY AND NOTHING REALLY GOES ON HERE,

IT'S JUST STRICTLY A RANCHING COMMUNITY ANYMORE.

NO STORES OR GAS STATIONS OR ANYTHING LEFT.

(CALMING MUSIC)

MY FIRST CONNECTION WITH SHAKESPEARE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

IN A LITERATURE CLASS.

AND I HAD A WONDERFUL TEACHER,

THAT TAUGHT US HOW TO ENJOY IT.

AND I ENDED UP BUYING A BOOK

THAT WAS OF EVERYTHING HE WROTE, JUST ALL IN ONE BOOK.

- OH GOOD THANK YOU, YOU FOUND IT.

[INAUDIBLE MURMURING]

- [LAUREL] I THINK SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS

IS SO BIG TO US.

IT'S OUR ONE HIGHLIGHT OUT OF THE YEAR.

- OUR ONE SHOT AT CULTURE.

- YEP.

(FOLK MUSIC)

- [VOICEOVER] I THINK THE POPULATION OF EKALAKA NOW

IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 350 AND 400.

USUALLY WE HAVE WHAT, 100, 150 PEOPLE, 120 PEOPLE I THINK,

YOU KNOW FOR THIS AREA, IS A LOT PEOPLE.

AND WE MAY NOT HAVE AS QUITE A BIG A GROUP

THIS YEAR JUST BECAUSE ITS HAYING TIME

AND, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE NEEDING TO BE IN THE HAYFIELD.

- I THINK SOME PEOPLE DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND IT,

BUT I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT'S A TEACHER

AND SHE EXPLAINS A LOT TO ME BEFORE THE START,

SO THEN WE KINDA UNDERSTAND IT A LITTLE BETTER.

- [VOICEOVER PERFORMANCE] SHE'S AT HER OWN DISPOSAL.

(GROANS)

SILVIA!

- IT EXPOSES PEOPLE HERE TO SOMETHING

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN THEY WOULD SEE OTHERWISE.

AND IT'S GREAT THAT THEY GET TO SEE THAT

FREE IN EKALAKA.

I REALLY THINK THAT'S A GREAT THING.

- [CAROLE] OH, I'LL HAVE TO GO GET THE OTHER STUFF

AND BRING IT IN.

- GLAD TO HAVE A LITTLE CULTURE COME TO EKALAKA.

- [CAROLE] WE TAKE THE DINNER TO THEM,

WHILE THEY'RE BREAKING THE SET DOWN

AND THEN WHEN THEY GET DONE WITH THE SET,

AND THEY MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME FOR THE EVENING

AND THEY EAT THE FOOD, WE PRESUME,

ANYWAY IT'S ALWAYS GONE (LAUGHS)!

- THE FEE IS 1,200, TO BRING IT IN.

IF YOU DO HOMESTAYS IT DROPS TO 1,050.

SO IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE OPT TO DO HOMESTAYS.

- I TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE FUNDRAISING,

AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATION.

I USED TO KNOCK ON DOORS EXCLUSIVELY TO GET DONATIONS.

- WE RAISE MONEY THROUGH THE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE,

THEN WE RAISE THROUGH OUR ART AND WINE FESTIVAL.

- WE MADE T-SHIRTS ONE YEAR, THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS

ON THE SHIRT, "SHAKESPEARE" WAS MISSPELLED.

- FOR MANY A YEAR WE PUT ON A TURKEY SHOOT.

AND THAT WAS ANOTHER, THAT WAS JUST AS BIG

A HIGHLIGHT AS THE ACTUAL PLAY.

(LAUGHTER)

- [VOICEOVER] THOU PEERLESS PRINCESS OF THE SALOPIAN...

- [VOICEOVER] SO, BETWEEN THE FOOL AND THE RAKE,

I SHALL BRING A FINE SPOT OF WORK UPON MY HANDS.

- [VOICEOVER] MY DEAR!

WILL YOU FIGHT FOR THE LADY, SIR?

- [VOICEOVER] NO, BUT, I'LL HAVE HER NOTWITHSTANDING.

- WHAT, NOT FIGHT FOR HER?

DON'T MIND HIM, MADAM.

IF HE WERE NOT SO WELL DRESSED,

I SHOULD MISTAKE HIM FOR A POET.

(ANTICIPATING MUSIC)

- [GRAYSON] TOUR IS TOUGH.

THERE'S DEFINITELY SOME CHALLENGES WITH,

I MEAN YOU'RE WITH 10 PEOPLE, CONSTANTLY, ALL THE TIME.

MAYBE NOT SHOWERING FOR A FEW DAYS,

OR THE SEVERE STRAIN OF BUILDING

AND TEARING DOWN THE SET EVERYDAY.

- ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHOW, ANYTHING ABOUT THE TEAR DOWN?

CASEY, GO AHEAD.

- I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE SHOWS THIS,

AND I KNOW I AM CERTAINLY FALLING INTO THIS SOMEWHAT,

BUT NOW THAT WE REALLY KNOW OUR STUFF,

AND ARE SORT OF RELAXING INTO IT,

I FEEL LIKE WE'VE LOST SOME OF LIKE

THE WEIGHT BEHIND SOME OF THE STUFF.

IT FEELS, SOME SCENES SEEMED REALLY CASUAL.

- [GRAYSON] YEAH, AND PIGGYBACKING ON THAT,

I THINK IT'S KIND OF THE SAME THING,

I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE WE'VE ALL

RELAXED INTO A SLOWER PACE.

I DON'T KNOW THE TIMING-WISE IF WE WERE ADDING...

- IT LACKED A LOT OF...

- INTENSITY.

- WE'RE CATCHING OURSELVES IN THE MIDDLE

OF STATEMENTS, IN THE MIDDLE OF SENTENCES,

AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A PUNCTUATION THING,

BUT IT'S CUTTING OFF THE CLARITY TO THE AUDIENCE.

SO REALLY, REALLY THINK ABOUT DRIVING THROUGH

TO THE END OF YOUR THOUGHT.

AND THAT WILL HELP THE PACE, THAT'LL HELP THE INTENTION,

THAT'LL HELP THE INTENSITY, THAT'LL HELP EVERYTHING.

WHERE IS SEAN?

[MURMURING]

(CROWD CHATTERING)

- [ANDREA] BESIDES, "MANDREA" SOUNDS STUPID.

- I JUST THREW YOUR HAT.

- SO WE BROUGHT SOME BEER.

- [SEAN] OH, I'M SEAN BY THE WAY.

- I'M BARBARA OLSON, THIS IS BRIANNE.

- HI, NICE TO MEET YOU.

- SHE GOES TO SCHOOL, WHERE I TEACH.

- [CASEY] EITHER WE STAY AT A HOTEL

OR WE STAY AT A HOMESTAY, WHICH IS PEOPLE

IN THE COMMUNITY SORT OF TAKING US IN.

KODY, YOU'LL BE HEADING OUT WITH PAT HENRY.

ANDREA AND MIRIAM, YOU'LL BE HEADING TO THE RENSWOLDTS.

- [ANDREA] OKAY.

- AND CASEY YOU'RE GOING WITH ME TO THE MARMONS.

- [CASEY] OH.

- [STEVE] SUICIDAL DOG.

- WELL DONE, THANK YOU FOR LETTING THAT DOG LIVE.

(DOG BARKING)

- [STEVE] HI THERE, YOU MUST BE THE MARMONS.

- [MS. MARMON] YES, YES.

- [STEVE] HELLO.

- COME SIT DOWN IF YOU WANT.

- IF HER TAILS WAGS, SHE LIKES YOU.

OKAY PUPPY DOG.

- YES, THIS IS THEIR ROOMS WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP,

FROM WHEN WE MOVED HERE.

- WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PUTTING US UP.

- [MS. MARMON] OH YOU'RE WELCOME.

IT'S VERY MUCH A TREAT FOR US TO HAVE A PRODUCTION LIKE THIS

AS YOU CAN SEE, WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM HERE.

YEAH, MAKE YOURSELVES AT HOME. - ALL RIGHTY.

- [MS. MARMON] I'M JUST GONNA GO TO BED AND CRASH TOO.

- [CASEY] OKAY. - ALL RIGHT.

DEBBIE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

- [DEBBIE] THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING

AND YOU HAVE A GOOD SUMMER! - [STEVE] ABSOLUTELY.

- [DEBBIE] WHEREVER YOUR TRAVELS TAKE YOU.

- [STEVE] I WILL, I WILL, YOU TOO.

(RELAXING MUSIC)

- [KODY] EVERY, EVERY DAY IS AN ADVENTURE,

I MEAN WE WAKE UP AT EIGHT O'CLOCK

AND IT'S ANOTHER ADVENTURE GETTING IN THE CAR

AND FIGURING OUT WHERE WE'RE GOING

AND TURNING AROUND IS A BIG PART OF TOUR,

THAT YOU DON'T EXPECT, IT'S A LOT OF TURNING AROUND,

ESPECIALLY SINCE THE ROADS OF MONTANA

MAY NOT BE MARKED AS WELL AS THEY SHOULD BE.

SO, YOU'RE DRIVING ALONG, AND IT'S SO FUNNY

TO HEAR PEOPLE GIVE DIRECTIONS BY LIKE THE BIG ROCK,

OR TAKE A LEFT WHERE YOU SEE LIKE THIS HUGE TREE

WITH A PIECE OF WHITE PAINT ON IT.

YOU KNOW PART OF THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING

FORCED UP AGAINST 10 OR NINE OTHER PEOPLE

ON TOUR IS THAT YOUR MANNERISMS

OR YOUR IDIOSYNCRASIES ARE VERY QUICKLY POINTED OUT TO YOU.

IF NOT BY SOMEONE DIRECTLY,

THEN YOU JUST SORT OF SEE IF REFLECTED BACK AT YOU

AND YOU THINK, "OH OKAY,

"I COULD MAYBE FIND ANOTHER WAY TO DO THIS."

OR "THIS IS THE THING THAT I DO, LOOK AT THAT."

- HI SEAN.

- GOOD MORNING JONATHAN.

HOW YOU DOING?

- I WAS PICKING THEM UP TO EAT THEM,

WHEN YOU NOTICED THEM.

MINIATURE WAFERS, LIKE WHY DO YOU EVEN NEED THAT?

THEY'RE NOT THAT BIG TO BEGIN WITH.

(A GROUP CHANTS SOMETHING NONESENSICAL)

- (WHISPERING)

- (FRENCH LANGUAGE), MY HORSE!

(FRENCH LANGUAGE), HA!

(APPLAUSE)

- [STEVE] THANK YOU VERY MUCH RED LODGE!

(APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

- HER FACE WAS LIKE...

- THE WHOLE TIME, I MEAN THE WHOLE TIME,

IT WAS CLEARLY LIKE HER RELAXED FACE,

BUT IT WAS STILL LIKE...

AND THEN FINALLY WHEN WE STARTED BOWING, SHE WAS LIKE...

(LAUGHS)

- [VOICEOVER] DAN, HOW YOU FEELING?

- [DAN] BETTER.

(GROUP CHATTERING)

- [CAROL] IT'S AMAZING TO ME WHAT SHAKESPEARE CAN DO

TO APPEAL TO A FARM RANCH COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT PUT IN LONG WORKDAYS

AND THEN COME TO THE SHOW AT NIGHT.

SO, THEY'VE TAKEN A SHOWER

AND THEY'RE READY TO ENJOY THE SHOW.

- [MYRON] THESE LITTLE COMMUNITIES ARE DYING OFF SO QUICK.

AND YOU HATE TO SEE IT ALL GONE,

AND I WATCHED IT JUST, THE SCHOOL, THE CHURCHES,

EVERYTHING, DISAPPEAR OUT OF UTICA.

AND THIS IS ONE THING THAT KINDA SEEMS TO BE BUILDING.

- [LINDA] ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED,

WE HAD NOT PAID ATTENTION TO A GOPHER HOLE,

RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF THE STAGE,

AND HE STEPPED IN IT, AND I REMEMBER GOING (GASPS),

AND HE SAID, HE TURNED TO FELLOW ACTORS

AND SAID: "PRIVY, DO WATCH OUT FOR THE HOLE."

AND THEN HE KEPT RUNNING.

(LAUGHTER)

- [STEVE] THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR AS COMPANY MANAGER.

I THINK THAT THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH COMPANY MANAGER

IS THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS, IS REALLY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GET BETTER AT THIS JOB.

I FEEL VERY PATERNAL ON THIS TOUR.

STUDIO, SO YOU CAN GO HAVE A NAP.

A LOT OF IT IS FIGURING OUT WHEN TO MAKE SURE

THAT WE'RE CHECKED INTO THE HOTEL,

ORGANIZING WHO'S GONNA BE DRIVING EVERY DAY,

ORGANIZING THE HOTEL ROTATION,

KNOWING HOW TO MAKE A PROPER WEATHER CALL.

- [ANDREA] WHAT IS IT?

- [MIRIAM] SO, I DON'T MIND.

- [STEVE] BEING IN THE POSITION THAT I AM IN,

I THINK IS A LARGE PART OF THE REASON

THAT I'VE LOST ABOUT 20 POUNDS ON THIS TOUR.

I THINK IT'S MOSTLY STRESS-RELATED.

AND IT'S ALL FROM ME JUST BEING IN A FIELD,

STARING AT CLOUDS, WONDERING WHAT THEY'RE GONNA DO.

I DON'T KNOW, WE GOT CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON.

- [MUMBLING]

- [STEVE] I HAVE TO DECIDE EVERYDAY WHETHER WE'RE PLAYING

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE, IF WE MOVE INSIDE

AND THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL, THE TOWN GETS

A LITTLE UPPITY BECAUSE WE ARE AN OUTDOOR TOUR.

BUT THIS IS A WEATHER CALL THAT WE MAKE SIX HOURS

BEFORE THE WEATHER THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH SHOWS UP.

THAT'S BEAUTIFUL, KEEP BACKING IT UP.

STRAIGHTEN OUT WHEN YOU CAN.

(ANTICIPATING MUSIC)

- [VOICEOVER] WOW!

(HOWLING WOLF) [FOREBODING MUSIC]

- [VOICEOVER] HEY, WE SHOULD JUST

HIKE OUT TO THE ROAD THERE.

- [STEVE] IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S MOVING TO THE NORTH OF US,

LIKE SIDEWAYS.

AND WE'VE GOT A CLEAR DAY TO OUR SOUTH.

(GROUP CHATTERING)

WATCH THIS THING.

(INDISTINCT SPEECH)

- AND THROW IT INTO THE TORNADO, (MUMBLING)

- [VOICEOVER] IT'S RIGHT AT THE STORM.

IT STANDS ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

- [VOICEOVER] YEAH, I THINK WE HAVE TO SACRIFICE SOMEONE.

(RUMBLING THUNDER)

- [VOICEOVER] ALL RIGHT HELP ME STRIKE THIS.

- [VOICEOVER] MIND THAT WIND.

- [STEVE] WE'RE SURROUNDED BY THUNDERSTORMS ON EVERY SIDE.

WE'RE CANCELING THE SHOW.

- [VOICEOVER] ALL RIGHT, CAN WE GIVE YOU GUYS A HAND?

- PLEASE.

DO NOT TAKE DOWN ANYTHING WITHOUT HELP.

THIS WIND WILL RIP THINGS RIGHT OUT OF YOUR HANDS.

- [VOICEOVER] GOT IT.

(FOLK MUSIC)

- [CASEY] WHERE'S DAN?

HE ALWAYS LOSES HIS PROPS.

(LAUGHTER)

- ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY LISTEN,

WHEN THIS STORM SUBSIDES, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

IS GETTING THE SET ON THE GROUND.

ONCE THE SET IS ON THE GROUND, NOT PROPPED UP

AGAINST A TREE, NOT PROPPED UP AGAINST

THE BENCHES, NOT PROPPED UP AGAINST ANYTHING,

ON THE GROUND, WE NEED TO GET ANYTHING

THAT WE CAN FIND IN THE WIND

AND PUT IT IN ACTIONPACKERS.

THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO FIRST,

WE WILL UNLOAD THE TRUCK SECOND.

IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THAT THAT WAS NOT CLEAR?

(ANTICIPATING MUSIC AND RAIN CLATTERING ON CEILING)

- IN THE RED THERE, SO I'M GUESSING THAT

BY NOW, WE'RE PROBABLY OUT OF THE RED.

THE TIMESTAMP ON IT IS WEIRD.

(ELEPHANT TRUMPETING)

- [VOICEOVER] CIRCUS.

-NOW IS OUR CHANCE! LET'S GO.

- [VARIOUS PEOPLE] ALL RIGHT!

(FOLK MUSIC)

- [MIRIAM] OH THERE IS STILL LIGHTNING.

- [VOICEOVER] TAKE YOUR HANGER WHILE WE'RE BACK HERE.

- [STEVE] SO GUYS, THE PLAN FOR THIS,

WE SHOULD KEEP HENRY OUT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

RECRUITING OFFICER, ANYTHING THAT WE CAN THROW IN

THE WASHER DRYER THAT WE HAVE INSIDE, WE SHOULD.

TWO THUNDERHEADS CAME TOGETHER

AND FORMED SOME BROWNISH MASS THAT I'VE NEVER SEE IN MY LIFE

AND CAME RIGHT AT US. - THAT'S TERRIBLE.

- AND JUST RAIN AND HAIL FOR A SOLID HALF AN HOUR.

- ARE WE GONNA BE WITHOUT SOUND FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS?

- YEAH, I THINK WE'RE GONNA BE WITHOUT MICS,

BECAUSE WE CAN STILL RUN THE SPEAKERS

WITH THAT CABLE THAT I MIRACULOUSLY BOUGHT YESTERDAY.

- OKAY, CAN I TAKE TWO OF THESE?

- UH YEAH, THAT'S OKAY.

(FOLK MUSIC)

- MOVE, GO, GO BRO, JUST DO IT!

- [VOICEOVER] DO IT, DO IT!

- WHOAAA!

HOLD, HOLD, KEEP HOLDING ON!

(LAUGHTER)

- [VOICEOVER] WHAT?!

- THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU DON'T LET GO!

- [CASEY] WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD ENSEMBLE.

THE ENERGY OF THE SHOW, I MEAN AFTER YOU DO A SHOW

FOR THREE MONTHS SOMETIMES, YOU GET A LITTLE,

YOU JUST, YOU GET A LITTLE TIRED.

I THINK THE OTHER THING THAT CAN HAPPEN

IS YOU'RE SO COMFORTABLE AND YOU TRUST EACH OTHER ENOUGH,

THAT, WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE PLAY,

AND YOUR CHARACTERS AND YOUR BLOCKING,

YOU CAN REALLY BEGIN TO TRY AND EXPERIMENT.

AND PUSH THE BOUNDS OF WHAT YOU ORIGINALLY HAD

TO A POINT WHERE YOU REALIZE THAT MAYBE CHOICES YOU MADE

AT THE BEGINNING, OR THINGS THAT YOU WERE DOING,

OR THE ARC OF YOUR CHARACTER WASN'T REALLY COMPLETE.

OR YOU WERE PLAYING MOMENTS IN A VERY SHALLOW MANNER.

YOU WEREN'T, YOU WEREN'T FLUSHING CERTAIN THINGS OUT.

(SCREAMING)

AND YOU CAN TRY TO FLUSH THOSE THINGS OUT

AT THIS POINT BECAUSE I TRUST,

I REALLY TRUST IT, I REALLY TRUST THE ENSEMBLE.

- [VOICEOVER] THIS STORY SHALL THE GOOD MAN TEACH HIS SON,

AND CRISPIN CRISPIAN SHALL NEVER GO BY,

FROM THIS DAY TO THE ENDING OF THE WORLD.

BUT WE IN IT SHALL BE REMEMBERED.

WE FEW.

WE HAPPY FEW.

WE BAND OF BROTHERS!

FOR HE TODAY THAT SHEDS HIS BLOOD WITH ME

SHALL BE MY BROTHER, BE HE NEVER SO VILE.

THIS DAY SHALL GENTLE HIS CONDITION!

- [VOICEOVER] THE GREAT THING ABOUT

MONTANA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK IS,

THESE GUYS DO SHAKESPEARE

AS THOUGH THEY WERE GOING TO

AS THOUGH THEY'RE COLLOQUIAL WITH IT.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND MEDIEVAL ENGLISH,

THESE GUYS ARE SPEAKING AND ACTING IN SUCH A WAY

THAT THE MEANING COMES ACROSS.

I TRIED TO TELL THAT TO MY FRIENDS, YOU KNOW,

BUT THEY THINK, "OH SHAKESPEARE, PFT,

"DID THAT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL

"AND I'M NOT INTERESTED."

- I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT

FROM A GUY NAMED WEEZIL.

I THINK A CITY GUY'S PREJUDICE WOULD BE THAT THIS

WELDER FOR THE RAILROAD, OUT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST,

WOULDN'T KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT SHAKESPEARE.

BUT HE CAN TALK VERY ELOQUENTLY.

- [WEEZIL] WE NEVER SAVED THE PROGRAMS FROM THE EARLY DAYS.

YEAH, IT WAS PROBABLY UHM...

PROBABLY ABOUT '95, '96,

THAT WE STARTED DOING IT.

- [GRAYSON] WEEZIL IS A FAN OF THE COMPANY

THAT HAS BEEN COMING TO SEE US,

I THINK HE SAID 25 YEARS.

- [STEVE] HE'S JUST A COOL GUY,

AND HE FOLLOWS US AROUND FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS

AND WEEZIL WEEK IS JUST SOMETHING

THAT EVERYBODY LOOKS FORWARDS TO.

- [WEEZIL] THAT'S ACTUALLY A REAL LACK

IN AMERICAN LIFE, THAT WE DON'T, YOU KNOW,

HONOR THE ANCESTORS, WE DON'T EVEN TALK ABOUT THEM.

WELL IT'S BAD ENOUGH TO BE DEAD,

BUT WHAT'S WORSE IS TO BE DEAD AND FORGOTTEN.

WHICH KINDA BRINGS US TO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER.

SHE LIVED 18 YEARS, 18 YEARS AND TWO DAYS.

SHE WAS BORN AT HOME, IN ONE PLACE,

AND THEN SHE DIED AT HOME,

SHE DIED 20 FEET FROM WHERE SHE WAS BORN AT.

WHICH IS A SAD THING,

BUT, IT'S KIND OF A FULL CIRCLE,

YOU KNOW, AND ONE WAY TO LOOK AT THAT IS...

I'M STILL AROUND AFTER ALMOST 60 YEARS AND UHM...

SHE ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING SHE NEEDED TO IN HER LIFE

IN 18 YEARS, I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY.

BUT SHE WAS, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG,

SHE USED TO LIKE TO COME TO

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK WITH US, AND UH...

AND SHE WOULD GO AROUND, SHE WAS WHAT,

ONLY ABOUT EIGHT YEARS OLD OR NINE YEARS OLD,

AND WITH HER FRIENDS, LIKE GO AROUND AND GET AUTOGRAPHS

ON HER PROGRAM FROM ALL THESE GUYS,

AND THESE GUYS WERE SO GRACIOUS, YOU KNOW,

AND THEY WOULD SIGN, AND THEY'D HANG AROUND AND TALK TO HER,

AND THEN WE CAME YEAR AFTER YEAR,

AND IT WAS ONE OF OUR FAMILY ACTIVITIES

THAT WE REALLY ENJOYED DOING.

- [STEVE] WHILE WE'RE TEARING DOWN IN LIBBY,

THEY GO TO THE HOTEL AND SET UP ON GRILLS,

MOUNTAIN SURF 'N' TURF, WHICH IS VENISON AND TROUT.

HE AND HIS SON MOWGLI,

BRING WHATEVER THEY HAVE HUNTED AND FISHED.

- [WEEZIL] ACTUALLY SOME DON'T PEEL SO WELL.

RIGHT THERE ON THAT LINE, SPLIT IT,

AND THIS UPPER PIECE IS BONELESS.

- OH NICE! - [VOICEOVER] OH, OKAY.

- OKAY.

- [VOICEOVER] YOU SEE THAT, SEE THAT RIGHT THERE?

- [STEVE] WEEZIL SHOWS UP AND JUST DOES WHATEVER HE CAN

TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO WESTERN MONTANA.

- [JONATHAN] WHERE ARE WE AT?

- [DAN] OWH! (LAUGHS)

- [CASEY] IT'S BEAUTIFUL, IT'S ANCIENT

AND IT'S UHM, I GUESS, I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT

THAT VERY OFTEN IN AMERICA.

I DON'T THINK, I DON'T THINK ABOUT

REALLY OLD, SACRED PLACES.

THERE'S STILL A LOT OF PLACES OUT HERE

THAT ARE PRETTY UNTOUCHED.

OR SEEM TO BE THAT WAY.

(CALMING MUSIC)

YOU DEAL WITH A LOT OF SELF-DOUBT

AND BEING SELF-CONSCIOUS AS AN ACTOR.

I THINK IT'S JUST PART OF THE JOB.

WE SET UP IN A FIELD,

AND PEOPLE COME FROM MILES AROUND.

THEY BRING THEIR FAMILIES, THEY PLAN THEIR DAY AROUND IT.

THEY BRING THEIR FRIENDS, THEY'RE EXCITED,

THEY'RE SO EXCITED TO SEE THE SHOW.

- [VOICEOVER] WHERE WERE YOU DURING THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT?

- [VOICEOVER] OH MY GOSH, , SO OKAY,

COULD YOU BACK UP LADIES, JUST FOR A SECOND?

- [GROUP] FOR HARRY, ENGLAND AND SAY CHARGE!!

- [VOICEOVER PERFORMANCE] CAPTAIN PLUME, SIR?

- [VOICEOVER] IS HE ANYTHING RELATED TO

FRANK PLUME OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE?

HONEST FRANK, MANY, MANY A DRY BOTTLE...

- IT'S VERY EASY TO GET SUCKED INTO SLEEP,

DRIVE, BUILD, PERFORM, TEAR DOWN, SLEEP,

DRIVE, BUILD, PERFORM, TEAR DOWN.

LIKE JUST GETTING INTO THE MONOTONY OF TOURING.

AFTER STARTING THIS TOUR I REALIZED THAT

WHEN YOU'RE CASTING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS,

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE PEOPLE OF,

CAN THEY SURVIVE SUCH A RIGOROUS TOUR?

- [STEVE] I'VE GOT A HEADACHE, ARGH, I NEED TO GO TO BED!

(SOMEONE SHOUTS)

BUT I HAVE ENTIRE SET TO SET UP!

YOUR WORKDAY BEGINS WHEN YOU GET UP

AND ENDS WHEN YOU GO TO BED.

[VOICES IN DISTANCE]

- [CASEY] THAT SET IS HEAVY AND TAKES TWO AND A HALF HOURS

TO SET UP AND AN HOUR AND A HALF TO BREAK DOWN

AND THE PLAYS ARE RIGOROUS, I MEAN,

KEVIN'S 15 MINUTE FIGHT SCENE WITH BROADSWORDS AND SHIELDS

IS HEAVY AND HARD, AND WE ARE POURING SWEAT.

- YEAH, I THINK THE BEST THING FOR YOU TO DO

IS TO GO ACROSS THE STREET AND GET YOU A HUCKLEBERRY FLOAT!

- I THINK I LUCKED OUT, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS

WOULD'VE BEEN NEARLY AS ENJOYABLE IF I HAD

A DIFFERENT GROUP OF PEOPLE, BUT ALL I KNOW IS THAT,

WITH THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE,

IT WORKS, IT TOTALLY WORKS.

(RHYTHMIC MUSIC)

- THE PEOPLE MAKE IT WORTH

ALL OF THE FRUSTRATIONS OF BUILDING AND TEARING

AND EXHAUSTION OF CONSTANTLY MOVING.

BUT THE PEOPLE ARE JUST SO...

IT'S SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T GET THAT OFTEN,

THAT IT JUST...

IT MAKES IT WORTH, WORTH EVERYTHING

THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH.

- YOU DID A GOOD JOB ACTING.

- [VOICEOVER] THANK YOU!

- [KODY] THIS GIRL WAS JUST, SHE SAID THAT SHE WAS,

THEY WERE COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS

AND SHE WAS SO EXCITED TO COME SEE OUR SHOW

AND THAT JUST MEANT,

THAT MEANT THE WORLD,

AND IT MADE THAT EXPERIENCE

THAT WE WERE ALL SO HOT, AND COVERED IN GNATS

AND JUST...

- [DAN] ONE OF THE MORE TOUCHING THINGS

THAT I'VE NOTICED, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DO "HENRY V",

IS THE IMPACT THAT IT HAS ON VETERANS IN THE AUDIENCE.

ON OUR VERY FIRST DAY, OUT IN BIG TIMBER,

OUR FIRST DAY ON TOUR.

A GUY CAME UP TO US AFTER THE SHOW

WHO, MISTY-EYED, JUST THANKED US FOR DOING THE SHOW,

HE SAID THAT WE DID A GREAT JOB,

AND THAT THE BAND OF BROTHERS PART OF

KING HENRY'S SPEECH ON SAINT CRISPIN'S DAY

MEANT A LOT.

AND

THAT AMOUNT OF IMPACT

IS EXTRAORDINARILY GREAT, IT'S GRATIFYING.

- [STEVE] EVERYONE THAT WE TALK TO,

JUST THINKS THE WORLD OF US.

EVERY TIME THAT, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING GOES WRONG

ELSEWHERE IN MY LIFE, I GET TO REMEMBER

I GOT TO BE PART OF THAT.

SOMEONE IN MONTANA THINKS I'M THE BEST ACTOR IN THE WORLD.

AND THEY'RE WRONG.

BUT, THEY, YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE REALLY LOVE US.

- I THINK MY PERSONAL REASON FOR BEING SUCH A FAN

OF SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS IS THE IMPACT

IT HAS ON MY FAMILY.

THEN I'VE INVOLVED THEM

IN WANTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SHAKESPEARE.

- [MIKE] WOLF POINT IS VERY MUCH OF A SPORTS TOWN,

BASKETBALL IS KING.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT MY STUDENTS BE EXPOSED TO

PEOPLE WHO ENTERTAIN WITHOUT A BASKETBALL IN THEIR HAND.

- [RITA] JUST LIVE THEATER

AND LIVE THEATER OF THIS QUALITY,

IT DOES, I MEAN IT'S MAGICAL.

- [MYRON] YOU USUALLY HAVE TO WAKE ME UP. [LAUGHTER]

-YEAH YEAH MYRON...(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S THE PART WE LOVE ABOUT THIS,

BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS FIRST CLASS.

(FIREWORKS EXPLOSIONS)

- [KODY] ACTING FOR THIS TOUR IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

THAN ANYTHING THAT I'VE EVER DONE.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT...

DARE I SAY IT, IT'S JUST LIKE IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT

THE SHAKESPEARE AND IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT

US AS ACTORS.

AND I FELT LIKE BEFORE I CAME HERE,

I WAS A VERY SELFISH PERFORMER.

THAT EVERYTHING WAS WHAT I COULD GET OUT OF THE SHOW

AND WHAT, HOW IT COULD HELP ME FURTHER IN MY CAREER

AND DO MORE OF WHAT I LOVE.

BUT IT'S STILL NOT ABOUT ME,

AND IT'S ABOUT, IT'S ABOUT THE AUDIENCE,

AND THAT WAS A VERY HUMBLING REALIZATION.

- [CROWD LAUGHING]

- I'M SURE IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH,

TRANSITIONING BACK TO CHICAGO

AND CITY LIFE WHERE,

WHERE YOU DON'T SEE SKY, YOU SEE BUILDINGS.

IT IS DEFINITELY LIFE-CHANGING.

(RELAXING MUSIC)

- [DAN] YOU GET A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE OF THIS COUNTRY,

THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE OTHERWISE GOTTEN.

THE STATE OF MONTANA ALONE HAS SO MUCH VARIETY

IN ITS PEOPLE, IN ITS GEOGRAPHY,

IN ITS CULTURE,

THAT IT IS AMAZING THAT THIS IS JUST ONE STATE

IN OUR COUNTRY, SO IN THAT WAY,

I'VE OFTEN THOUGHT, LIKE GOD,

THIS IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY THAT WE LIVE IN.

LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT THAT.

- SO YOU ARE ASKING ME TO ENCOMPASS THIS ENTIRE SUMMER

INTO ONE SENTENCE?

THAT'S NOT FAIR.

- THIS IS THE BEST JOB I'VE EVER HAD.

IT MIGHT BE THE BEST JOB I'LL EVER HAVE.

(FANFARE MUSIC AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERING)

(FOLK MUSIC)

- [VOICEOVER] "BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY"

IS AVAILABLE ON DVD.

TO ORDER, PLEASE CALL 1-800-406-6383

OR VISIT MONTANAPBS.ORG.

MAJOR FUNDING FOR "BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY"

WAS PROVIDED BY,

THE MONTANA FILM OFFICE,

THE GILHOUSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION,

THE RUTH & VERNON TAYLOR FOUNDATION,

THE MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM,

FRIENDS OF MONTANAPBS,

THE GREATER MONTANA FOUNDATION,

ENCOURAGING COMMUNICATION ON ISSUES, TRENDS AND VALUES

OF IMPORTANCE TO MONTANANS,

MR. & MRS. ROBERT BURCH,

HUMANITIES MONTANA,

AND DON & MARILYN MURDOCK.