Julie LaPorte: All’s Well That Ends Well is your debut performance with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. How does it feel?
Marsha Mason: It’s really exciting. The director, Michael Kahn, is so knowledgeable about Shakespeare. He’s done these plays sometimes two and three times, and he’ll put in a full day’s work and then come back the next day with notes and changes. And they aren’t just directorial notes – they are notes about the actual text.
In preparation for the part, I read several different published texts of the play. And there were times when I wondered what the heck was going on, what was that particular speech about. But when Michael sent me the text we were going to do, it’s one that he actually edited. And it’s so clear and very specific. It’s just great. I didn’t have any real questions about what was happening, what the arc of the scenes were, what people were really saying. He’s made it very truthful to the text, and at the same time it’s very understandable.