Photo courtesy of the Going Dutch Festival by Doug Hanson
April 2019: Elgin Art Showcase & Stage 773
June 2019: Side Street Studio Arts, Going Dutch Festival
Katrina Syrris as Jane
Katrina Syrris, Producer & Director
Rachel Stevens, Associate Producer & Director
Rachel Metcalfe, Stage Manager
Cory Knechtges, Crew
Ashlynne Ludwig, Costumer
A Review of Shakespeare's Sonnets for Modern Times
July & August, 2018
An Adaptation by Katrina Syrris
Elgin Art Showcase & Stage 773
Directing this production has been a special treat. What started as a blink of an idea was transformed and brought to life in my ensemble, a group of suburban actors who have long been worthy of a spotlight. Thanks to their fearlessness, dedication, and trust, my ensemble has brought Shakespeare's words from the Renaissance raging into the 21st century. As their director, I could not be more proud, and indeed grateful, for each and every one of them.
For you, our patrons, I am exceedingly excited for you to experience my passion project, a work meant to heal our broken hearts with the love that no one else can give, the love that resides within ourselves for ourselves. It's been said before, and I'll say it again, one can only love deeply when love emanates from within us first. In our brief time on this earth, we haven't time to waste on half-hearted, fearful love. We must choose to love deeply, and courageously, if we plan to live at all. And, in our short time to love, no love shared is ever in vain. From everyone we love, we learn. And, every one of those lessons we learn and teach, as Shakespeare so brilliantly illustrates, can in fact last the test of time for far longer than we expect to be here.
For these ninety minutes, we experience love together. In the reciprocal relationship that lies between audience and actor, I thank you for sharing yourselves with us.
"So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
Amaria Von Dran
Erika Knutson, Technical Director
Bryce Jonke, Lighting Designer
Jason Jakubaitis, Lighting Operator
2019 Elgin Literary Festival Revival
Hosted at the Hemmens Cultural Center, Organized by Side Street Studio Arts