Shakespearean Characterization: A Guide for Actors and Students

Shakespearean Characterization: A Guide for Actors and Students

Shakespearean Characterization: A Guide for Actors and Students

Shakespearean Characterization: A Guide for Actors and Students

Synopsis

Shakespeare's plays were written some four hundred years ago, and while his characters are enduring, they are also alien. In grappling with the text of his plays, the modern actor must bring Shakespeare's Renaissance characters to life for a modern audience. This reference is a convenient and practical guide for actors faced with the task of playing Shakespeare's characters. Throughout, the emphasis is on how to translate Shakespeare's words into action on the stage.

Excerpt

In developing my strategies for exploring Shakespeare's characters with actors and students, I have taken insights gleaned from scholarly examinations of these topics and tested them in rehearsal halls, tutorials, and classrooms. My goal, throughout this process, has been to find a way of endowing a modern actor with the tools necessary to bridge the gap between the conventions of Shakespeare's theatre and the acting strategies which dominate our theatre practice today. Because of my interest in Shakespeare's language, I have grounded all of my strategies in the words on the page, in the hopes that my insights will result in vigorous, thrilling performances that are beautifully spoken as well as emotionally rich.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The works listed at the end of this book represent those writers whose ideas have most influenced my approach in the classroom and rehearsal hall and that I recommend to the modern actor. For a more extensive exploration of the riches to be found in libraries, I refer the reader to Shakespearean Scholarship and Shakespearean Language, companion books to this.

CITATIONS

I often quote from Shakespeare's plays and note the act, scene, and number of the first line in parentheses immediately following the quotation; I have used the line numbers found in The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blake-

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