Directing Shakespeare: A Scholar Onstage

Ohio University Press, 2004 - 152 Seiten
An Impossible Question From A Chinese Actor - Why is Shakespeare eternal? - drove Sidney Homan after fifty years in the theater to ponder just what makes Shakespeare... well, Shakespeare. The result, Directing Shakespeare, reflects the two worlds in which Homan operates - as a scholar and teacher on campus, and as a director and actor in professional and university theaters. His concern is the entire process, beginning in the lonely period when the director develops a concept and moving into increasingly larger realms: interaction with stage designer; rehearsal; and public performances in which the audience's response further shapes the play. Homan recounts the experience of staging King Lear accompanied by a musical score for piano, violin, and cello played live onstage. He discusses the challenge of making and trying to justify cuts in Hamlet. A casual remark from an actress leads to a feminist production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He describes the delicate collaboration between director and performer as he works with actors preparing for The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and Hamlet. Other chapters treat a set designer's bold red drapes that influenced the director's concep

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A sign once seen in a black box experimental theater space says it all: "Life is easy; Shakespeare is hard." Any actor, acting student, or director given the challenge of approaching a Shakespearean ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


Bridging the Gap between Text and Performance
Creating Lear Onstage
Cutting Shakespeare
A Directors Concept for The Comedy of Errors
Interacting with the Actors
Set Design and Theatrical Presence in Julius Caesar
Adapting A Midsummer Nights Dream for the Cast Producer and Theater
A Mirror for Staging Hamlet
Why Sir Is Shakespeare Eternal?
Never Too Young Never Too Old

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