The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1909  Saturday, 19 November 2005

From: 		Robert Projansky <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 18 Nov 2005 02:54:53 -0800
Subject: 16.1898 Patrick Tucker Workshop at Tufts
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1898 Patrick Tucker Workshop at Tufts

Don Weingust writes:

 >The Tufts University Department of Drama & Dance will be sponsoring
 >a free Shakespearean acting workshop with Patrick Tucker, this Saturday,
 >November 19th, from 2-5pm, in the Balch Arena Theatre on the Tufts
 >University (Medford) campus.

If you are an actor (or any SHAKSPERian interested in Shakespearean 
verse and stage technique) within reach of the Balch Arena Theatre on 
the Tufts University (Medford) campus, I urge you to do whatever it 
takes to get to the Patrick Tucker workshop on Saturday.

Patrick Tucker's text-based systematic approach for preparing verse 
performance is the complete toolbox for acting Shakespeare, and I don't 
believe you will find anything better in the English-speaking world. He 
shows that Shakespeare has given you everything you need right there in 
the text -- Shakespeare directing you in almost every line he wrote -- 
and PT teaches you, simply and systematically, how to mine it -- some of 
it real treasure buried in plain sight -- for the stage. Adopting PT's 
approach to the verse will make your performance smarter and more 
satisfying for you and your audience. He's also a very engaging teacher 
and a lot of fun, and he lives and works on the other side of an ocean, 
so if you can you should grab this rare (and free!) chance to see and 
hear him do his stuff. For non-actors it's a chance to learn from a 
really brilliant teacher how Shakespeare should be played.

I know from the archives that Patrick Tucker has come in for 
considerable scorn in SHAKSPER both for his theories about how 
Elizabethan players prepared for performance and for his notion that 
performing Shakespeare unrehearsed, from cue-scripts, is a great idea 
for today's stage. Never mind that. Regardless of whether or not those 
ideas have merit, his verse technique is as good as it gets.

Warning: exposure to Patrick Tucker's verse technique will probably make 
you much less satisfied with what you hear performed out in the world by 
most non-Tucker-trained performers, some of them highly-acclaimed 
Shakespearean actors. Worse, you may find yourself deploring the general 
state of Shakespearean verse technique pretty much everywhere you hear it.

Bob Projansky

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