The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0050  Sunday, 1 Feburary 2009

From:      Conrad Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:      Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 20:29:21 -0800
Subject:   Tempest Blog


In the flurry of preparations to open our latest show, I didn't send my 
monthly update on our TEMPEST blog for the evolution of our puppet/mask 
staging scheduled for Sept. 2009.

So here it is for December and January, as well as our first videos, not 
of the production, just some simple character explorations. We are at 

I welcome comments and questions and wild ideas - there's a place for 
comments on the blog. And please pass the link along to friends, 
students, or colleagues who may be interested. Next week, I hope to post 
another storyboard, if my opening-night post-partum bronchitis clears up.

Peace and joy-
Conrad Bishop


Tempest #19 -- Three Calibans
Video and more thoughts about Caliban stemming from our last workshop. 
And wrestling with the play's gnarly ending.

Tempest #18 -- Three Mirandas
Video exploring multiple conceptions of the character, focused on first 
Miranda/Caliban scene. Why does Prospero force this scene to happen?

Tempest #17 - Magicians
Renaissance magic and modern-day Thelema: how do they relate to 
Prospero's immersion in accessing his power? And a plausible back-story 
for his entering this world.

Tempest #16 -- Sunday's Workshop
First January workshop: sound-movement explorations, vocal analysis, and 
staging the first Prospero/Miranda scene cut to ten lines (for the 
workshop, not for the show!).

Tempest #15 -- Caliban and Prospero - Storyboard 1:2C
Storyboard of the first Caliban scene; key moment his sole direct 
exchange with Miranda.

Tempest #14 -- Spirits and Congruences
First draft design for the puppeteers' masks as the island's spirits. 
And a real-life model for the magical Prospero: a friend who missed the 
zenith of his auspicious star.

Tempest #13 - Prospero Summons Ariel - 1:2 Storyboard
Storyboard of his struggle with the demon he's enchained. And a variety 
of responses.

-And of course, the many pages going back to September are still open to 
the world.

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