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Re: *MND* Production Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 356.  Friday, 4 June 1993.
 
From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Thursday, 03 Jun 93 22:51:20 EDT
Subject:        Re: *MND* Production Query
 
A quick thought and a request to Tom Loughlin: the thought is to have very
specific images of the places "offstage" that they are entering from and going
towards.  Those entrances and exits, if done in full breathing imagination, get
the action going even before the actor steps onto the stage.  Lay on 14th
century Indian prints of hunters, lovers, emperors, and artisans until your
actors can invent Indian clothing jokes ad lib, and draw maps of town gates,
hunting spots, and the aunt's house a few miles outside of town.  If the
actors "see" those places, then the audience will more willingly join in the
game and "see" those places too.  The joys of research then get made apparent
to the players.  It also makes good material for programs and to post in
lobbies.
 
The request: Could you circulate a description of the theatre?  I've always
wanted to work on a Globe-geometry stage, audience all around, two doors, and
that gigantic 25x45 that I want to believe was the platform (evidence to the
contrary be damned!).  A  report from years ago from somewhere in Australia (?)
told about the intimacy of audience from groundlings at the actors' feet up to
60 degrees or more above the horizontal.  Tell us, tell us . . . (Tell me
about the rabbits again, George . . .)
 
                                    As ever,
                                    Steven the Stage Geometer Urkowitz
                                               SURCC@CUNYVM
 

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