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Rehearsing Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0196  Wednesday, 22 March 2006

From: 		Cary Mazer <
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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 
general recollections.

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work--published or unpublished; or that you may have kept 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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Thanks.
Cary

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