Imagination Compact Artists’ Reveal #20 — August Schulenburg

What is The Imagination Compact?
And how can I learn more about Flux’s Midsummer?

August Schulenburg

Playwright, The Royals, April 28th

1. What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Whatever I’m working on.
So, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

2. What is your favorite line of text?
Beatrice: “Kill Claudio”

Rosalind: “But these are all lies. Men have died, from time to time,
and worms have eaten them, but not for love.”

Guiderius: “Golden lads and girls all must
As Chimney sweepers, come to dust”

Falstaff: “Banish not him thy Harry’s company,
banish not him thy Harry’s
banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.”
Hal: “I do, I will”

Bottom: “And it shall be called Bottom’s dream,
because it hath no bottom”

Feste: “O what is love? Tis not hereafter.
Present mirth hath present laughter.
What’s to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty.
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty.
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.”

Hamlet: “The readiness is all.”

3. Does Shakespeare influence your writing at all?

See above.

4. If you had to date one of the Midsummer lovers,
whom would you date and why?
I’d invite Rosalind to move to Athens.

5. What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “flux”?
Wild nights.

6. Fairies: colorful playmates or dangerous tricksters?
Caitlin, Michael, Charlotte, Hannah, Tiffany.
So, yes.

7. Complete this sentence: “It’s too late to go back now,
I’ll just have to do without my _______”


8. If a capricious fairy turned you into an animal
against your will, what animal would you be and why?
A mongoose.

9. Would you rather have a beer with Richard Burbage
or William Kemp?
Adam Szymkowicz.

10. If we could compact your imagination,
what color would it be and why?
Aaron Zook took my answer. Though I would’ve mentioned
the Large Hadron Collider.

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