THURMAN It’s like a space. But actually there must be an architecture within it. In this section, we switch between those two areas and vehicles in a nice compact way.
The spoken text however is quite musical. What happens when bringing that out in delivery?
THURMAN It’s a lot of things broken down into vowel patterns and muscular nouns to paint pictures, and find tempo and space. This comes from circling the vowels and picking the letter T and these. But overall, I think Tom Stoppard’s use of the language is enhanced. He has a vocabulary three times the normal usage of anyone. I also have some very keen eyes to help me with that. I won’t explain Stoppard with just mine care.
FEED, TAKE CARE I think he’s a genius, to be honest. During my first visit at the Royal Opera House in London, I saw “Arcadia”, then brand new, and I was completely hooked. In terms of vocals, “Penelope” is like a lengthy recitation. André is by nature a melodic person, but for this, because of all the writing, I just sing the words on high pitch. And I’m working as hard as I can to make them understand.
How has this work changed your relationship with Penelope as a character?
FEED, TAKE CARE What I told Tom was, I wanted to know why Penelope was waiting. But that doesn’t register with him, and he’s Tom Stoppard, so he obviously wrote it as he saw it. There’s a lot of things in the origin story that we have to talk about today – like killing all those handmaidens, because they’re doing what they’re forced to do? He doesn’t soften any of those points.
THURMAN Interesting, I’ve been a huge fan of myths since I was a kid, I just bought a very nice children’s collection for my 9 year old and am reading to him and falling in love with it. We are processing our history; Be truth. Tom did edited a reference, related to women’s work. It does not come from him, it is an interpretation of our history, but it is too much.
FEED, TAKE CARE From the very beginning, one of the things I connected with was this incredible device for her to weave and untie the rug every night, for years. To me, that concept is really musical. Each version of Goethe’s “Faust” features some sort of aria weave. And that’s what I admire, how smart Penelope is, and the strength of her convictions.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/arts/music/renee-fleming-uma-thurman-penelope.html Renée Fleming and Uma Thurman Share an Odyssey