I’m on my way out the door for the first rehearsal of the new season for A Crew of Patches. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this group before, but for anyone new to the party: A Crew of Patches is a theatre company that produces and performs Shakespeare for high schools. We get up before the crack of dawn, carpool to a Chicago-area high school, throw on some costumes, and do a play. Then we have a little Q&A session with the students afterward. The most commonly asked questions are, “How long did it take to learn your lines?” and “Are the kissing scenes weird?”

We perform Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar. Of my many jobs, this is one of the most rewarding. It’s a great group of artists who have a lot of fun working together, and we get to play to some fantastic audiences.

Today we shake the rust off and hack at each other with swords for a few hours. Should be a lot of fun.

If you’re curious about what we do, check us out online at www.acrewofpatches.com.