To paraphrase from Shakespear. The quote I had been ruminating on is actually
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
And it got me to thinking, it’s not quite right. Close. But he didn’t account for the bulk of any play. The majority of the participants.
While there are always a handful of actors, the bulk of any play would’ve been the audience. From the groundlings in the pit to the quality in the box.
They certainly had their place, with the wealthy and the poor taking an equally small roll in the play. But they made up most of the play and they certainly weren’t actors.
You might see where I’m going with this.
But remember, weather on the actors or for the audience, the curtains always come down.
Also. I’ve never heard anyone remark about what a *great* performance the troop put on of Hamlet in 1732. The play always ends up being forgotten to in the annals of history.
Maybe I aught to stop drinking coffee and reading quite so frequently. 🙂