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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0414 Friday, 18 July 2008
Date: Friday, July 18, 2008
Subject: First Folio Exploration: "Dual-ing" Lears: Text in Performance
I sent out this announcement the other day, but I somehow neglected to include
the dates: August 13-17.
Shakespeare & Company's First Folio Workshop is an exciting examination of early
texts, free of the additions, emendations, and obfuscations of centuries of
editing, much of it well-intentioned and some of it not. What can the early
texts tell us about the evolution of the plays as they passed from playwright to
actors, from printers to editors? How can today's actor find useful tools to
gain a deeper appreciation of the text, and to achieve a more compelling
For many years, we have explored these questions in the classroom and on the
rehearsal floor. Neil Freeman worked with the actors and Master Teachers of
Shakespeare & Company during the researching of his First Folio texts published
by Applause. Actors find an exciting range of new tools in close examination of
the First Folio during this workshop, and are able to begin working from a place
of more clarity and deeper understanding.
This year, the theme of the workshop will be "Dual-ing Lears: Text in
Performance," and will examine the 1608 Quarto and 1623 First Folio versions of
this landmark work. It will be led by Dennis Krausnick, Shakespeare & Company's
Director of Training. For over 10 years, Dennis has been working closely with
King Lear. He has directed a production (featuring Tina Packer and Olympia
Dukakis) for the Company, developed a one-man exploration of the major speeches
called The Lear Project, and will be playing the title role at Wake Forest
University in the Spring.
For this workshop, both actors and auditor/observers will be accepted. Actors
will come prepared with two speeches on which they're ready to work. Vocal and
movement work will assist in embodying the text, and Krausnick's deep
scholarship will assist in a fuller understanding of the resources available in
the early versions. Auditor/observers will not work on speeches, but will
participate in group work.
On-site housing is included. Actors will receive free admission to our mainstage
productions of All's Well That Ends Well and Othello; auditor/observers will be
eligible for discount tickets. Members of Actors' Equity, SAG, or AFTRA, and
actors affiliated with STAA theatres, are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition.
The deadline for applications is July 28. For more information, an overview of
the workshop, and to apply, please visit Shakespeare.org/training, contact me at
this e-mail or call the phone number and extension below. I look forward to
hearing from you!
Training Programs Associate
Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA 01240
Phone: (413) 637-1199 ext. 114
Fax: (413) 637-4274
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