At Play Selection, we chose The Merchant Of Venice for Hartwell's 2007 Shakespeare show, and I expressed interest in submitting a proposal to direct. I haven't finished reading the script yet, but I really like the story from all that I've read about it.
Now I could probably get a reasonable production going, but I worry that it would be rather flat and lacking in creativity and imagination. Katherine asked me what period I'd set it in and I answered that I haven't thought much about it yet, having not yet finished the script. She already has an idea in mind: set it in the 1930s just before the rise of facism. If she has ideas, but believes her Shakespeare directing days are years away, what am I doing considering it?