The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0574 Tuesday, 29 March 2005
Date: Monday, 28 Mar 2005 10:48:34 -0800
Subject: KING LEAR at The Classical Studio, New York City
SHAKSPER members who are in New York City on Saturday, April 2nd would
do well to try to look in on the production of KING LEAR presented by
The Classical Studio at the Tisch School of the Arts, at New York
University, as part of the Rehearsal Project for The Classical Studio.
I had the great good fortune to see two performances in November of 2004.
The play is acted by students, presented in a room twenty by forty feet,
two floors above Broadway, with minimal properties and an original score
run off a Macintosh laptop.
The effect is stunning.
Imagine sitting in a rehearsal room, at an advanced rehearsal, with
Shakespeare on book, the actors locked into their characters, and
presenting this greatest of plays with no membrane separating them from
the text, the actions, the story.
It is the thing itself.
In this production by Louis Scheeder, the text is tough, fluid,
unsentimental: the speaking of the words provides us with all we need to
know, to see: the scenery, the costumes, the properties are in the text.
It does not matter that the Lear is young enough to be almost too young
to play Claudio in MUCH ADO, the essence of the play is presented so
accurately that we experience the tragedy close at hand, in our own hearts.
Space is limited! Do not delay!
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