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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817351380
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Series: Theatre Symposium Series , #12
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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

Introduction5
Part IElizabethan Theatres and Performance: Historical Interpretation and Adaptation
America Goes Bare: Ben Greet and the Elizabethan Revival8
The Spaces between Now and Then: Historiography of the Body and Stage-Centered Studies of Combat on the Shakespearean Stage20
Hannibal Hamlet: Mark Twain, Dan Rice, and Huckleberry Finn33
Part IIElizabethan Theatres and Performance: Contemporary Interpretation and Adaptation
Are You Shakespearienced?: Rock Music and Contemporary American Production of Shakespeare48
The Falstaff Project: Redescribing a World65
Part IIIElizabethan Theatres in Reconstruction: Interpretation, Adaptation, and Use
The De-evolution of a Tradition: The Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival75
Location as a Monumentalizing Factor at Original and Reconstructed Shakespearean Theatres86
Why Elizabethan Spaces?98
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Where History Meets Innovation121
Symposium Response137
Contributors149

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