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Dramatis Personae

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The cast

Our parts

Shakespeare

Jaques

Elvis

We fret upon the stage

Curtains between acts

Performance

And performance

The show is over

Take a bow

Remove the makeup

And we’re done—

Cast party, maybe

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Someone directs

The writer is in the audience

All our family, too,

And with our friends

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The spirit has been able

The flesh does what it can

There has been some interest in

Memorizing,

Though much of the performance

Has been impromptu

And once it’s done

Everyone gets to be a critic

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Though it’s the producer

Who decides

How long shall be the run

How many weeks

How many seasons

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There is stage fright,

Of course

There doesn’t have to be

(and we can use it)

We can train

We can learn tricks

And once out there

We can have joy

Seven stages

For a scene

A play

A résumé?

Take more

Even have some fun

There will be reviews

(nerves in the offing

and then after)

But to get to do this is a treat

And not a one to miss,

If it at all possible

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Than can be profit so

Variously drawn

But once you’re here

That part is taken:

Costume well

Though for a queen or king

There are many fools

Either can look splendid

Or look drear

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There are rehearsals

We can practice

How much to worry—not

So much as we do

We can expect each other

From the wings

There are many places

On the stage

Some of which

We get to choose

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I don’t know if

The play’s the thing

We deal here in metaphor

What is real

Is what happens after

This cold reading

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C L Couch

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drafted while watching (and hearing) a play within a play

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Garage Theater is a theater company from Qom, Iran. Garage Theater researches in the field of Laboratory theater.

Photo by mostafa meraji on Unsplash

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