The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0196 Wednesday, 22 March 2006
Date: Wednesday, 22 Mar 2006 10:08:02 -0500
Subject: Rehearsing Shakespeare
For a proposed anthology of articles and book excerpts of eye-witnesses'
(and/or participants') accounts of actors and directors rehearsing
productions of Shakespeare, I am eager for suggestions about the following:
1) Your favorite accounts: e.g. Charles Marowitz on Peter Brook's 1962
King Lear, Richard Sterne or William Redfield on the John
Gielgud-Richard Burton 1964 Hamlet, David Selbourne on Brook's 1970 A
Midsummer Night's Dream, the rehearsal sections of Anthony Sher's book
on Bill Alexander's 1984 Richard III, etc. I am more interested in
accounts that log rehearsals as they are happening--regardless of their
accuracy or the prejudices of the eyewitness (or especially because of
their inaccuracy and the prejudices of the eyewitnesses)--than in
2) Published articles that I may not know about.
3) Your own experiences witnessing directors and actors at
work--published or unpublished; or that you may have kept
contemporaneous notes about but which you have not yet turned into
narrative--that might be included. I am as interested in accounts of
productions that might not have been famous or noteworthy, but typified
artists at work under those particular working conditions, as I am in
accounts of productions that were famous in their own right.
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