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Improvised Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1991  Monday, 13 October 2003

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Oct 2003 13:44:38 -0700
Subject:        Improvised Shakespeare

News from the far side of the world:


New Zealand Herald (Auckland), October 11, 2003

A Bard's Tale is Shakespeare off the cuff.  Improv actors were asked
"what if Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, were alive
today--what kind of plays would he write?" It's iambic pentameter
crossed with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and it's on at the Covert
Theatre tonight.

The eight-strong cast, including James McLaughlin, Mark Scott and T.M.
Bishop, will ask the audience for a title of a play and then perform it
live. They promise "romance, mixed identities, regicide, true love,
spirits and magical spells".

Auckland's Covert Theatre is devoted to improvisation and sketch
comedy.  "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" is an
improv show born in Britain, occasionally aired in the U.S.

I googled on Shakespeare improvisation and came up with some interesting
links, one of which led me back to Sh. on improvisation:

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice
As full of labor as a wise man's art:
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.

-- Viola, Act III, Scene 1, Twelfth Night (Cambridge text)

Al Magary

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