Making Five-minute Shakespeare in Santa Fe

With film-maker Henry Thomas in town from Dallas, the ISC made the most of his visit to shoot three clips for their upcoming Five-minute Shakespeare in Santa Fe project. The day’s work brings to five the number of almost-finished projects which feature scenes from each of the First Folio’s plays, filmed in iconic Santa Fe locations.

Sunday morning found us at Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits producing Act I, Scene 3 from Twelfth Night. The store bar and racks of exotic vintages made the perfect setting for the tipsy Sir Toby Belch, played by Zachary Thomas.

Checking the take after filming a scene from Antony and Cleopatra.

Checking the take after filming a scene from Antony and Cleopatra.

Three hours later we were off to St. John’s College to shoot Act I, Scene 1 from Othello in The Cave. Upstart Crows veteran Sterling White played Roderigo and Anna Farkas, the project’s artistic director, played the very nasty Iago. With some Johnnies filling in as extras, the coffee shop developed a lovely dangerous pub vibe.

Barbara Hatch as Charmian and Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra

Barbara Hatch as Charmian and Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra

We had just enough time to grab some cheese and bread for dinner at Whole Food before heading over to Santa Kilim on Canyon Road where owner Karim Saidi graciously made us feel very much at home. Wouldn’t you know he had the perfect antique curved dagger for us to use in our scene from Antony and Cleopatra? The next three hours were sheer magic, as Kelly Kiernan (Cleopatra), Barbara Hatch (Charmian), Anna Farkas (Messenger) and Sterling White (Mardian) performed Act II, Scene 5. Pity the Messenger - but doing repeated takes of all that stage violence was something the whole cast enjoyed! Local photographer Lynn Roylance stopped by to take production stills - you can see some glimpses of the excellent acting and film crew.

Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra threatens Anna Farkas as the Messenger

Kelly Kiernan as Cleopatra threatens Anna Farkas as the Messenger