The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0399 Friday, 24 July 2009
Date: Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 15:58:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Texts for Production?
I am doing research for my doctoral dissertation in theatre arts,
focusing on the issues inherent in editing Shakespeare for theatrical
production. I have some questions for the SHAKSPER list dramaturgs and
theatre practitioners (directors and producers):
Where do you currently access your texts for production?
Have those sources changed over your professional life? Decades ago,
physical properties were the primary factor for many practitioners'
selections: Penguins were easiest to fold double and stick in a back
pocket; Everyman and Folger were most affordable but tended to fall
apart so the producer would have them bound, etc.
These days, I suspect that most companies customize their performance
texts on computer; assuming so, where do you go for your sources, and why?
-- Do you have regular published editions that you always consult
(Arden, New Cambridge, Oxford, etc.)
-- Do you consult Folio/Quarto facsimiles; do you find modern-type
and/or modern-spelling versions more useful for any reason?
-- Do you ever use another company's cut text?
-- OR, do you give a published edition to the actors? Does your choice
of edition change production by production, or do you have one publisher
or editor that you always use?
Anything you can share with me about your practices would be helpful,
and I would particularly like to know the reasons for your choices.
Also, I am interested in accessing any theatre company's prompt-books
that may be viewed online (scanned facsimiles are most useful). The more
recent the better, though they are useful to me as far back as mid-20th
century. I have found some wonderful scanned promptbooks on
internetshakespeare.uvic.ca, and would love to find any more like these.
Catalogues of promptbook collections are not useful at this time,
I truly appreciate any information you can offer.
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