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Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio

Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio
Your Price: $39.95 CDN
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Author: Don Weingust
Publisher: Routlege
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 226
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0415979161
ISBN-13: 9780415979160

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About the Book:

Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio examines a series of techniques for reading and performing Shakespeare's plays that are based on the texts of the first ‘complete’ volume of Shakespeare's works: the First Folio of 1623.

Do extra syllables in a line suggest how it might be played? Can Folio commas reveal character? Don Weingust places this work on Folio performance possibility within current understandings about Shakespearean text, describing ways in which these challenging theories about acting often align quite nicely with the work of the theories' critics.

As part of this study, Don Weingust looks at the work of Patrick Tucker and his London-based Original Shakespeare Company, who have sought to discover the opportunities in using First Folio texts, acting techniques, and what they consider to be original Shakespearean performance methodologies. Don Weingust argues that their experimental performances at the Globe on Bankside have revealed enhanced possibilities not only for performing Shakespeare, but for theatrical practice in general.

What people say:

"Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio is essential reading for anyone interested in the transmission of his plays from the 17th to the 21st century and the problem of staging "authentic" performances." — British Theatre Guide

About the Author:

Don Weingust is director of Shakespeare Studies and an associate professor of theatre at the Center for Shakespeare Studies of Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he is also a dramaturg. A professional actor, he trained with the legendary Stella Adler, and has performed extensively, including Off-Broadway and in regional repertory theatre. A Berkeley-trained PhD, he is the author of Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio: Theory, Text and Performance. He has written a number of articles including for Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare.