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Shakespeare and Directing in Practice

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Shakespeare in Practice

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When directors approach Shakespeare, is the play always the thing – or might something else sometimes be the thing?

How can directing produce fresh contexts for Shakespeare’s work?

Part of the innovative series Shakespeare...

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When directors approach Shakespeare, is the play always the thing – or might something else sometimes be the thing? How can directing produce fresh contexts for Shakespeare’s work? Part of the innovative series Shakespeare in Practice, this book introduces students to current practices of directing Shakespeare. Ewert explores how the conventions and creative tropes of today’s theatre make meaning in Shakespeare production now. The 'In Theory' section starts with an analysis of theatre production and directing more generally before looking at the specific Shakespeare context. The 'In Practice' section offers a wonderful range of production examples that showcase the wide breadth of approaches to directing Shakespeare today, from the 'conventional' to the most experimental. Providing a useful general overview of directing Shakespeare on stage today, this is an ideal text for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying 'Shakespeare in Performance' in Literature, Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies departments. This book will also inspire students studying directing as part of a Theatre programme, and scholars, performers and lovers of Shakespeare everywhere.

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  • Engaging and accessible
  • Authored by Kevin Ewert, an established scholar in Shakespeare and Performance
  • Includes a directing lesson teased from long-form improv comedy, as well as a discussion amongst the Co-Producing Artistic Directors of Austin Texas' Rude Mechs Theatre Company
  • Student-focused: provides a new critical language for understanding Shakespeare's text as works in practice, while providing very practical insights into staging a Shakespeare play
  • Cutting edge: develops the next generation of thinking about Shakespeare in Performance
  • Surveys theory drawn from the modern theatre and a variety of contemporary approaches
  • Provides students and teachers with critical resources, theories and practical examples which can be used with any play by Shakespeare
  • Will inform and provoke undergraduates and be of interest to scholars and more advanced students

Introduction
Part I: In Theory
1. The Play’s The Thing
2. The Thing is the Thing
Part II: In Practice
3. The Production Machine
4. Playing With Time and Space
5. Devising Shakespeare
6. Fixing Shakespeare
7. My Year of Shakespeare
Part III: Provocation and Debate
8. A Conversation with Rude Mechs
Annotated Reading List.


 

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Kevin Ewert is Professor of Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, USA. He has contributed to The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare and The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare, and was the Associate Editor for the latter volume. He is a series editor for Palgrave Macmillan's The Shakespeare Handbooks, and wrote the volume on Henry V for that series. From 1997-2003 he was a company member and regular director for the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company in Pittsburgh.

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Kevin Ewert is Professor of Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, USA. He has contributed to The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare and The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare, and was the Associate Editor for the latter volume. He is a series editor for Palgrave Macmillan's The Shakespeare Handbooks, and wrote the volume on Henry V for that series. From 1997-2003 he was a company member and regular director for the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company in Pittsburgh.

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