Southern Accents

“Let me tell you a story about this production,” says Jasper Gilbert, technical manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Merchant of Venice, which played 11 performances at Davidson College in North Carolina during a two-week residency earlier this spring.

Gilbert's story is one of those happily-ever-after tales about how to tour Shakespeare. The plot involves lots of planning, plenty of staff, and a nice subsidy. Its theme is “take along everything you need.”

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