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The acclaimed storyteller Odds Bodkin has told such tales as "The Odyssey," "Beowulf" and "A Christmas Carol" to audiences young and old around the country.
Among the figures from the play Bodkin will be giving voice to are Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Benvolio, Friar Laurence, Mercutio, Lady Capulet, Lord Capulet and the Nurse.
Granted the 58-year-old Bodkin can draw on a lot of storytelling experience (including two invitations to the White House), but will he be a little bit nervous before the premiere of this highly ambitious project?
I think if I didn't have nerves, particularly for a debut, then somehow I would have lost my soul," Bodkin said during a telephone interview last week from his home in New Hampshire, where he has lived for the past 29 years (he is married with three grown sons).
If you were to continue to ask, to use another old English expression, what the dickens is Bodkin doing, you would not actually be too far off the mark.
Bodkin said he has always loved "Romeo and Juliet," the tale of star-crossed lovers from bitterly rival families in Verona.
Elsewhere, Bodkin has inserted his own narration "to collapse the action and move the play forward more quickly.
Although Bodkin is a musician who has utilized accompaniment in many of his shows, "Romeo and Juliet" will have no music other than the sound of his own voice.
Over the telephone, Bodkin had a rather deep, authoritative but reassuring voice.