[So, how was everybody's summer? Sorry I haven't been posting as much as I used to, many projects have pulled me in many directions that are not Shakespearean. I shall try to return to a better pace now that the kids are back in school.]
- High level plot overview. Everybody needs some plot.
- Famous quotes or moments the play is known for? I learned the importance of this when I saw As You Like It in the park. The crowd was all noisy and buzzing, like crowds are, until Jaques boomed, "All the world's a stage..." and it was like you could hear a pin drop. As if the entire crowd in unison said, "Oh hey, I recognize that!" and started listening.
- Important scenes / subject to interpretation that will make for interesting "Why did they do it that way?" discussion afterward. Every production of every Shakespeare play is different, and that's why we love them. Once you're an expert in any given play you can pick out every last detail - but when you're seeing it for the first time you're not going to have much to compare it against. So we pick some scenes to stick in our memory. For instance I once saw a King Lear who actually bargained with the storm in his big scene, if you can believe it. I'll never forget him cowering from the thunder while he gave his big speech as if he was complimenting nature on how big and powerful she was.