Explores the ways that North Americans have presented Elizabethan plays throughout history and the spaces in which they have chosen to present them.
The essays in this collection were selected from among papers delivered at the April 2003 Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual symposium held at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. They focus on the uses and development of various North American spaces for the production of Elizabethan, primarily Shakespearean, plays. Contributors cover historical topics from the Elizabethan Revival to postmodern productions, performance genres from popular theatre to solo performance to the "original practices" movement, and performance spaces from reconstructed Elizabethan theatres to found space. Discussions of physical spaces inform issues of language, style, costume, and design.
Despite the wide variety of topics, the same concepts arise again and again: authenticity, minimalism of design, audience behavior and reaction, legitimizing factors of reconstruction and performance, and issues surrounding the variety of approaches to the production of Elizabethan theatre in North America. The volume concludes with an excerpt from the closing discussion by the conference’s keynote speakers, Franklin J. Hildy and Vanessa Schomann.
About the Author
Susan Kattwinkel is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Literature at the College of Charleston and editor of Audience Participation: Essays on Inclusion in Performance.
Table of Contents
|Part I||Elizabethan Theatres and Performance: Historical Interpretation and Adaptation|
|America Goes Bare: Ben Greet and the Elizabethan Revival||8|
|The Spaces between Now and Then: Historiography of the Body and Stage-Centered Studies of Combat on the Shakespearean Stage||20|
|Hannibal Hamlet: Mark Twain, Dan Rice, and Huckleberry Finn||33|
|Part II||Elizabethan Theatres and Performance: Contemporary Interpretation and Adaptation|
|Are You Shakespearienced?: Rock Music and Contemporary American Production of Shakespeare||48|
|The Falstaff Project: Redescribing a World||65|
|Part III||Elizabethan Theatres in Reconstruction: Interpretation, Adaptation, and Use|
|The De-evolution of a Tradition: The Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival||75|
|Location as a Monumentalizing Factor at Original and Reconstructed Shakespearean Theatres||86|
|Why Elizabethan Spaces?||98|
|Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Where History Meets Innovation||121|