The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0215  Thursday, 3 June 2010

From:         Paul Barry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 31 May 2010 18:12:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:      Book Announcement: A Lifetime with Shakespeare

My book, _A Lifetime with Shakespeare, Notes from an American Director of All 38 Plays_, will be published this July. Here is the publisher's description:

Written by the only American to direct and fight-choreograph all of Shakespeare's plays, this text represents an expert and practical guide to the Bard's oeuvre. From the Henry VI plays through The Tempest, the plays are explored in their full theatrical complexity, with particular attention paid to directorial and acting challenges, character quirks and development, and the particularities of Shakespearean language.  Directing successes are recounted, but the failures are not shied away from, making this an indispensable text for anyone interested in producing Shakespeare.

I might add that this is a how-to/how-not-to book. It consists of a series of road maps to steer directors back to the unencumbered original texts and the direct simplicity of Elizabethan stage practices, around the land mines of cliches and production missteps from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that have hung on and become traditions. My production approach is practical, at once quick and dirty, then complex and detailed.  

The book is now being offered by Amazon and Barnes & Noble (links below).  Both booksellers are accepting orders now for its release in late July.



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