North American Players of Shakespeare

I aters as well , that pushed you toward doing Shakespeare ? Or was Shakespeare simply the major love right out of graduate school ? Shine : Shakespeare was the major love , and I think my lifelong desire to play the role of Juliet ...

Author: Michael W. Shurgot


ISBN: UOM:39015068820128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 425

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This is a collection of interviews of twenty-one actors from Shakespeare theaters and festivals across North America, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. The interviews celebrate the variety in education, training, and approaches to acting conducted by recognized performance scholars. Thus, this book combines scholarly expertise with actors' insights to produce unique views on contemporary Shakespearean performances in the United States and Canada, and fills an important niche in performance criticism. Michael W. Shurgot is Professor of Humanities at South Puget Sound Community College.

Directing Shakespeare in America

A Lifetime with Shakespeare: Notes from an American Director of all 38 Plays. ... Dessen, Alan C. Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director and Modern Productions. ... North American Players of Shakespeare.

Author: Charles Ney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474239851

Category: Drama

Page: 376

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In this first substantive study of directing Shakespeare in the USA, Charles Ney compares and contrasts directors working at major companies across the country. Because of the complexities of directing Shakespeare for audiences today, a director's methods, values and biases are more readily perceptible in their work on Shakespeare than in more contemporary work. Directors disclose their interpretation of the text, their management of the various stages of production, how they go about supervising rehearsals and share tactics. This book will be useful to students wanting to develop skills, practitioners who want to learn from what other directors are doing, and scholars and students studying production practice and performance.

Shakespeare in the Theatre Nicholas Hytner

Patricia Lennox, Interview with Philip Bosco, in North American Players of Shakespeare, ed. Michael W. Shurgot (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2007), 55. Ibid. Mel Gussow, 'Creating Onstage Magic with Water', New York Times, ...

Author: Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472581624

Category: Drama

Page: 264

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Part of the series Shakespeare in the Theatre, this book examines the work of renowned theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015). Featuring case studies of Hytner's Shakespeare productions and interviews with actors, designers, directors and other practitioners with whom Hytner has worked, it explores Hytner's own productions of Shakespeare's plays within their respective socio-cultural contexts and the context of Hytner's other directing work, and examines his working practices and the impact of his Artistic directorship on the centrality of Shakespeare within the repertoire of the National Theatre.

Shakespeare and the Shrew

Shurgot, Michael, North American Players of Shakespeare (London: Associated University Presses, 2007). Shurgot, Michael, Stages of Play: Shakespeare's Theatrical Energies in Elizabethan Performance (Newark: University of Delaware Press; ...

Author: Anna Kamaralli

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230348097

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Whenever Shakespeare wrote a 'shrew' into one of his plays he created a character who challenged ideas about acceptable behaviour for a woman. This is as true today as when the plays were first performed. A shrew is a woman who refuses to be quiet when she is told to be, who says things that people do not want to hear. She is constructed to alleviate male anxieties through ridicule, but like so many objects of comedy or derision, she is full of power because of her very ability to generate these anxieties. 'Shrew' is supposed to be an insult, but has often been used to describe women enacting behaviour that can be brave, clever, noble or just. This book marries an examination of Shakespeare's shrews in his plays with their history in recent performance, to investigate our own attitudes to hearing women with defiant voices.

The Routledge Companion to Directors Shakespeare

Epstein, Helen (1994) Joe Papp: An American Life, New York: Da Capo Press. ... and Performance (2004), North American Players of Shakespeare (2007) and an edition of As You Like It for the New Kittredge Shakespeare series (forthcoming).

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134146482

Category: Drama

Page: 594

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The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare is a major collaborative book about plays in performance. Thirty authoritative accounts describe in illuminating detail how some of theatre’s most talented directors have brought Shakespeare’s texts to the stage. Each chapter has a revealing story to tell as it explores a new and revitalising approach to the most familiar works in the English language. A must-have work of reference for students of both Shakespeare and theatre, this book presents some of the most acclaimed productions of the last hundred years in a variety of cultural and political contexts. Each entry describes a director’s own theatrical vision, and methods of rehearsal and production. These studies chart the extraordinary feats of interpretation and innovation that have given Shakespeare’s plays enduring life in the theatre. Notable entries include: Ingmar Bergman * Peter Brook * Declan Donnellan * Tyrone Guthrie * Peter Hall * Fritz Kortner * Robert Lepage * Joan Littlewood * Ninagawa Yukio * Joseph Papp * Roger Planchon * Max Reinhardt * Giorgio Strehler * Deborah Warner * Orson Welles * Franco Zeffirelli

Much Ado About Nothing

North American Players of Shakespeare: A Book of Interviews (Cranbury: Associated University Presses, 2007), pp. 37–53. Waller, Gary F., 'Decentering the Bard: The BBC-TV Shakespeare and Some Implications for Criticism and Teaching', ...

Author: Alison Findlay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350316812

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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This Handbook provides an introductory guide to Much Ado About Nothing offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of film and TV adaptation, a wide sampling of critical opinion and further reading.

Shakespeare s Sense of Character

He is the author of Mutability and Division on Shakespeare's Stage as well as numerous articles on Shakespeare, ... 1998), and editor of North American Players of Shakespeare: A Book of Interviews (Delaware, 2007).

Author: Michael W. Shurgot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056027

Category: Drama

Page: 280

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Making a unique intervention in an incipient but powerful resurgence of academic interest in character-based approaches to Shakespeare, this book brings scholars and theatre practitioners together to rethink why and how character continues to matter. Contributors seek in particular to expand our notions of what Shakespearean character is, and to extend the range of critical vocabularies in which character criticism can work. The return to character thus involves incorporating as well as contesting postmodern ideas that have radically revised our conceptions of subjectivity and selfhood. At the same time, by engaging theatre practitioners, this book promotes the kind of comprehensive dialogue that is necessary for the common endeavor of sustaining the vitality of Shakespeare's characters.

Shakespeare and Costume

Her articles are included in Shakespeare on Screen: Hamlet (2011), Shakespeare's Roman Plays on Screen (2009), Shakespeare Survey (2008), The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare (2008), North American Players of Shakespeare ...

Author: Patricia Lennox

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472532503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Inspired by new approaches in performance studies, theatre history, research in material culture and dress history, a rich discussion of the many aspects of costume in Shakespearean performance has begun. Shakespeare and Costume furthers this research, bringing together varied and stimulating essays by leading scholars that consider costume from literary, dramatic, design, performative and theatrical perspectives, as well as interviews with renowned theatre practitioners Jane Greenwood and Robert Morgan. The volume amply demonstrates how an analysis of the meaning of costume enriches our understanding of Shakespeare's plays. Beginning with an overview of the stage history of Shakespeare and costume, the volume looks at the historical context of clothing in the plays, considering topics such as royal self-fashioning, festive livery practices, and conceptions of race and gender exhibited in clothing choice, as well as costume in performance. Drawing on documentary evidence in designers' renderings, illustrations in periodicals, paintings, photographs, newspaper reviews and actors' memoirs, the volume also explores costume designs in specific Shakespeare productions from the re-opening of the London theatres in 1660 to the present day.

Shakespeare on Screen The Roman Plays

... Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary Women's Re- VisionsinLiteratureandPerformance( ), MulticulturalShakespeare: Translations, Appropriations and Performance ( ), North American Players of Shakespeare ( ) ...

Author: Sarah Hatchuel

Publisher: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre

ISBN: 9782877758420

Category: Art

Page: 391

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Is there a specificity to adapting a Roman play to the screen ? This volume interrogates the ways directors and actors have filmed and performed the Shakespearean works known as the "Roman plays", which are, in chronological order of writing, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus. In the variety of plays and story lines, common questions nevertheless arise. Is there such a thing as filmic "Romanness"? By exploring the different ways in which the Roman plays are re-interpreted in the light of Roman history, film history and the Shakespearean tradition, the papers in this volume all take part in the ceaseless investigation of what the plays keep saying not only about our vision of the past, but also about our perception of the present.

Shakespeare Studies

''Fran Bennett,'' in North American Players of Shakespeare, ed. Michael W. Shurgot (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007), 312. Bennett admits that if she did the play for her LA Women's Shakespeare Company, ''it would never be ...

Author: Susan Zimmerman

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838642702

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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SHAKESPEARE STUDIES is an international volume published every year in hard cover that contains essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from both hemispheres. Although the journal maintains a focus on the theatrical milieu of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, it is also concerned with Britain's intellectual and cultural connections to the continent, its socio-political history, and its place in the emerging globalism of the period. In addition to articles, the journal includes substantial reviews of significant publications dealing with these issues, as well as theoretical studies relevant to scholars of early modern literature. Volume XXXVIII features another in the journal's ongoing series of Forums on an issue of importance to Renaissance studies. Organised and introduced by Greg Colon Semenza, this Forum, 'After Shakespeare and Film', includes the interdisciplinary perspectives of nine contributors on the positioning of Shakespeare studies in digital and other contemporary technologies. The volume also features an article on representing 'blackness' in Shakespearean productions from 1821 to 1844, and another on the influence of 19th-century melodrama on the Shakespeare critical tradition, as well as a review article on 'Shakespeare and the Gothic Strain'. Reviews in this issue address such disparate topics as Shakespeare and the problem of adaptation, Renaissance culture and the rise of the machine, and locating privacy in Tudor England.