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Performing early modern drama today [electronic resource] /
edited by Pascale Aebischer and Kathryn Prince.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
description
xiii, 247 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780521193351 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
9780521193351 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction Pascale Aebischer and Kathryn Prince; 2. The early modern repertory and the performance of Shakespeare's contemporaries Lucy Munro; 3. The seeds of time: student theatre and the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries Jeremy Lopez; 4. The performance of early modern drama at Shakespeare's Globe Farah Karim-Cooper; 5. Shakespeare's contemporaries at the Royal Shakespeare Company Coen Heijes; 6. The actors' renaissance season at the Blackfriars Playhouse Jacquelyn Bessell; 7. Dido, Queen of Carthage: site-specific Marlowe Rebecca McCutcheon and Sarah Thom; 8. 'A freshly creepy reality': Jacobean tragedy and realist acting on the contemporary stage Roberta Barker; 9. Early modern drama on screen Pascale Aebischer; 10. Letting the dead come out to dance: an embodied and spatial approach to teaching early modern drama Jonathan Heron, Nicholas Monk and Paul Prescott; 11. Professional productions of early modern drama, 1960-2010 Karin Brown; 12. Performances of early modern drama at academic institutions since 1909 Jeremy Lopez; 13. Performances of early modern plays by amateur and student groups since 1887 Jeremy Lopez.
abstract
"While much attention has been devoted to performances of Shakespeare's plays today, little has been focused on modern productions of the plays of his contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Webster and Jonson. Performing Early Modern Drama Today offers an overview of early modern performance, featuring chapters by academics, teachers, and practitioners, incorporating a variety of approaches. The book examines modern performances in both Britain and America and includes interviews with influential directors, close analysis of particular stage and screen adaptations and detailed appendices of professional and amateur productions. Chapters examine intellectual and practical opportunities to analyse what is at stake when the plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries are performed by ours. "--
catalogue key
8674867
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-05-01:
This is an important and long-overdue book. As the contributors make clear, performance of non-Shakespearean early modern drama has been going on steadily for more than a century, yet every production is considered new and every work "rediscovered." This is due in large measure to the lack of consistent archiving and scholarly response, both of which Shakespeare enjoys. This collection goes a long way toward addressing these problems, not only with uniformly excellent essays, which cover a wide range of approaches, but also amazingly robust appendixes listing performances. Aebischer (Univ. of Exeter, UK) and Prince (Univ. of Ottawa, Canada) wisely chose to stay away from essays on specific playwrights and plays, which might result in repetition and create artificial boundaries. Instead there are pieces on student productions, films, and use of performance to teach students early modern drama, and a number of essays consider companies such as the Blackfriars, which have as part of their mission the production of early modern drama. Two contributions are especially important: one addresses the ways in which the education and publishing worlds influence the texts chosen for performance, the other how modern acting styles interact with early modern works that lack the familiarity of Shakespeare. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. A. Castaldo Widener University
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"This is an important and long-overdue book. As the contributors make clear, performance of non-Shakespearean early modern drama has been going on steadily for more than a century, yet every production is considered new and every work 'rediscovered.' This is due in large measure to the lack of consistent archiving and scholarly response....This collection goes a long way toward addressing these problems, not only with uniformly excellent essays, which cover a wide range of approaches, but also amazingly robust appendixes listing performances.....Summing up: Essential." --Choice
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Little attention has been focused on modern productions of the plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries. This book offers an overview of, and an essential reference to, recent stage and screen adaptations of early modern drama written by leading scholars and practitioners, including three detailed appendices listing amateur and professional performances.
Main Description
While much attention has been devoted to performances of Shakespeare's plays today, little has been focused on modern productions of the plays of his contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Webster and Jonson. Performing Early Modern Drama Today offers an overview of early modern performance, featuring chapters by academics, teachers and practitioners, incorporating a variety of approaches. The book examines modern performances in both Britain and America and includes interviews with influential directors, close analysis of particular stage and screen adaptations and detailed appendices of professional and amateur productions. Chapters examine intellectual and practical opportunities to analyse what is at stake when the plays of Shakespeare's contemporaries are performed by ours. Whether experimenting with original performance practices or contemporary theatrical and cinematic ones, productions of early modern drama offer an inspiring, sometimes unusual, always interesting perspective on the plays they interpret for modern audiences.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The early modern repertory and the performance of Shakespeare's contemporaries
The seeds of time: student theatre and the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries
The performance of early modern drama at Shakespeare's
Shakespeare's contemporaries at the Royal Shakespeare Company
The actors' renaissance season at the Blackfriars Playhouse
Dido, Queen of Carthage: site-specific Marlowe
'A freshly creepy reality': Jacobean tragedy and realist acting on the contemporary stage
Early modern drama on screen
Letting the dead come out to dance: an embodied and spatial approach to teaching early modern drama
Professional productions of early modern drama, 1960-2010
Performances of early modern drama at academic institutions since 1909
Performances of early modern plays by amateur and student groups since 1887
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