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Re: Directors and Directing
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0445.  Monday, 5 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Saturday, 03 Jun 1995 13:37:57 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
(2)     From:   Anna Cole <
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        Date:   Sunday, 04 Jun 1995 10:55:40 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0442  Re: Elizabethan Directing and Directors
 
 
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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Saturday, 03 Jun 1995 13:37:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0429  Re: The Director in the Elizabethan Theater
 
Steve Urkowitz (writing as Steve Blockheadowitz!) claims that "actors
themselves are able to figure out where to go without a puppet-master."  I'd
like to lend support to that claim.
 
Last year at the University of Cincinnati, I watch the members of the
Fahrenheit Theatre Company re-block <i>Twelfth Night</i> in less than an hour
for a one-night performance in a rather unique acting-space.  There was a dais
with a railing at the front of the room, and the actors had to enter from one
of two doors (right and left) at the back of the room. There was no scenery.
 
The actors arrived about one hour before the performance, began discussing
among themselves how to block the action, and by show time there were no
hitches. (Well, almost -- Feste did slip and fall. He then claimed that he had
"broken his spleen" -- to loud laughter.) In fact, one of the actors claimed
that it was their best performance.
 
Of course, this was re-blocking what had already been blocked, but the director
was not conspicuous as the actors worked through the blocking.
 
If any members of the Fahrenheit company was reading this, I'd like to read
your take on this performance.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Anna Cole <
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Date:           Sunday, 04 Jun 1995 10:55:40 GMT
Subject: 6.0442  Re: Elizabethan Directing and Directors
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0442  Re: Elizabethan Directing and Directors
 
The first instance of a clearly directorial role must surely be Hamlet with his
explicit and detailed instructions to the Players in Act111, scene ii.
 
Anna Cole
 

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