Bob and I went to the book signing for Tina Packer’s Women of Will. As a part of the evening, Tina and Nigel Gore did scenes from their production of the play. They started with a scene from The Taming of the Shrew, then to illustrate the changes in Shakespeare’s women, did a scene from Henry VI, the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet and a series of scenes from King Lear where we see each of the daughters in the first scene and then in a scene later in the play where each is shown in their true colors.
After the performance of the scenes, Tina and Nigel took questions from the audience. Nigel noted that they had played the balcony scene at least three hundred times and that they were still finding new meaning in the scene.
Women of Will, both the play and the book, is divided into five parts, showing the progression of Shakespeare’s depiction of women as his understanding of them deepens. The book emerges from Tina’s understanding through performance of these women.
On January 14, 2013, we interviewed Tina, just before she and Nigel were going to open in New York in Women of Will. We talked first about how she founded Shakespeare and Company and then about the play.