Author Archives: Nina Ashe - Hippolyta/ First Fairy

Back in N.Y.

I just got back home from our month long tour of “Midsummer”.  I miss it already.  When I first left on May 22, a month away from home seemed so long.  Now I can’t believe how quickly it went.  It was one of the best experiences of my life… and certainly THE BEST experience of my acting career.  As Michael Pauley so aptly put it on our final night of performance in Milan, “we performed in a Tuscan olive grove; we performed in one of the most beautiful theatres in Milan; we did the show for small audiences in Rome; we did it for over 300 on other nights”.  There were so many other things we experienced.  We rode bicycles; took trains; walked; took cabs; and took trams to get to and from rehearsals and performances.  We got lost sometimes; and other times we knew our neighborhoods so well that we felt like we were natives.  We went sight seeing; got tattoos; ate out at amazing restaurants; or stayed in and cooked and drank wine.  Wine, wine, wine… so much wine.  We always stayed up way too late, and got up way too early so that we wouldn’t miss any of the day.  Everyone was on the same tour, but everyone has their own personal version of it.  Some of you are still there, and I’m feeling separation anxiety from you.  We partied our closing night until 6:30 a.m at Gigio’s, and I had to leave for the airport at 7a.m., so I’m a little loopy and emotional right now… but the bottom line is that I loved working with you all.  We did something very special together.  (By the way, I’m writing this from my terrace while drinking a glass of wine, smoking a cig, and fighting with my internet to work.  It’s like I never left).  Until our next project.. “Farewell my hearts”. xoxo Nina


Leaving Forte dei Marmi

We’re leaving for Rome in a few hours and I’m just sitting here taking in the beauty of Tuscany one more time.  “For besides the groves, the skies; the fountains; every region near seemed all one mutual cry…”  (By the way, I was so distracted by the marble mountains in the distance that in every rehearsal I kept saying , “the MOUNTAINS; every region near seemed all one mutual cry…” I actually got it right in performance.   All I can say is that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and no matter where anyone has been in the world, and no matter who you have met, I can promise you that you have never experienced the sheer graciousness and hospitality that we all have from the Moratti family and their extended family and friends which include Roberto, Fanny, Angela; Gion Carlo; Enzo; and anyone else whose name I can probably misspell.  Looking forward to Rome, but boy, am I sad to leave Forte dei Marmi.


I’m sitting here about to go to bed, and reflecting on the past few days here in Forte de Marmei.  All I can say is… beach; wine; bicycles; tomatoes; mountains; yoga; laughter; pasta; music; dancing; and an amazing first day of rehearsal under the Tuscan sun.  Gosh, acting is HARD.

OWWW my shoulder

Great run through of the show today.  Afterward, Lamar and I stayed and worked with Mike on our fight choreography.  It’s going to be fierce, sexy, and intense… that is, if I can move my right arm ever again.  I just got home, and it feels like I just quarterbacked for the N.Y. Jets.  Only I was wielding a dagger instead of a football.  Maybe Mike can tie dye a red sling for Hippolyta, and no one will notice.  In case anyone was wondering what the glamorous life of a theatre actor is like,  I’ll be home with a bag of ice on my shoulder whilst doing diaphragmatic breathing exercises, and reciting Shakespearean passages to my wall.  (Possibly while washing down 2 Aleve with a bottle of rose wine).

Awesome Rehearsal

I’ve actually wanted to post something since our first read through, but I’m such a ludite that I couldn’t figure out how to sign on to the blog page. Good thing I’m an actor and not a computer scientist.  Today’s movement based exercise was amazing.  Coming from a dance background, it’s easy for me to find expression through movement, but I never realized how much it could help me with my acting.  I have to admit that I was a bit nervous coming into this project, but after only 5 days of rehearsal, and some private coaching with Joe , I feel like I’m ready to kick some Shakespearean ass!  Now … if I can just get Derick to take a flattering picture of me…