Genuinely Georgia Shakespeare
The story of us, told by those who know us best.
Over the past 28 seasons it has been our honor to be part of many stories-- whether on stage, through our educational programing, or from our company members, these stories have created the Georgia Shakespeare family. Over the next few weeks we are delighted to share some of those stories with you.
Seth Langer is no stranger to the Conant: an Oglethorpe University senior and a Georgia Shakespeare Scholar, you may remember Seth from his roles in our 2012 summer festival, including the Music Master in The Emperor and the Nightingale, and Carlos the butler in The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition to his time onstage, Seth has worked with the front of house staff and on the volunteer team. Here are some of his thoughts on what is Genuinely Georgia Shakespeare.
How long have you been coming to GS?
I have been coming to GS since the fall of 2004. My school took a large group of us to see a student matinee of Macbeth. It was my first true exposure to Shakespeare--I remember leaving the theater breathless and inspired, determined to immerse myself in these incredibly moving myths.
What's your favorite memory of GS?
Although they did not happen long ago, some of my favorite memories of GS are the Cabarets from this past summer. . They were fun, relaxed---the cabarets had a raw energy, the excitement of "anything can happen". I loved that the barrier between performer and audience almost completely dissolved. There was no formality about it, it was simply an evening of sharing for the sake of sharing. Hanging out at the theater late at night is a magical, wild experience.
Seth Langer and Terrence Jackson in The Emperor and the Nightingale, 2012
What was one of your favorite shows?
I loved 2009's Midsummer. Something about laundry hampers zooming across the stage is just hilarious to me.
Why is GS important to the community, or why would you encourage others to support GS?
It's simple. Theater provides a community with the rare opportunity to, as a group, explore different ways of thought, different ways of being. Seeing a play allows us to reflect on our personal choices, our personal way of being. We learn why we do what we do. We learn why others do what others do. Through this learning, perhaps we can become more compassionate people. It's incredibly important. Georgia Shakespeare creates an environment where this can happen. The artists at GS dedicate themselves to telling great stories. Stories that will move you. Make you feel something you haven't felt before. It's scary, and it's vital. It's a rebellious place, unafraid to challenge its audience members's beliefs about Shakespeare, about Atlanta, and about themselves. At Georgia Shakespeare, we can become better people. These stories provide us with the tools to change our world.