The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0076  Wednesday, 25 February 2009

From:      Ina Centaur <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:      Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 17:32:47 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:   SL Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night, Act 1: The Open-Ended 
Run on vShakespeare

The Virtual Shakespeare Consortium
Ina Centaur
Ina Centaur has invited you to the event 'SL Shakespeare Company's 
Twelfth Night, Act 1: The Open-Ended Run' on vShakespeare!

New season premiering March 1 @ 1 PM. Performances to occur subsequently 
every Sundays @ 1 PM and Tuesdays @ 6 PM PST. We'll also go wild and try 
all-female Shakespearean productions and more!

SL Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night, Act 1: The Open-Ended Run 	
Time: March 1, 2009 at 1pm to March 31, 2009 at 2pm
Location: SL Globe Theatre
Organized By: Ina Centaur

Event Description:
SL Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night, Act 1: The Open-Ended Run

Shakespeare, Second Life: The virtual world's performance of Twelfth 
Night, Act 1 unabridged, live and direct from the first folio returns 
and will play on indefinitely -- as you will it! The SL Shakespeare 
Company's long-awaited open-ended run premiers Sunday, March 1 at 1 PM 
PST, and will continue indefinitely every Sunday at 1 PM PST and every 
Tuesday at 6 PM PST at the SL Globe Theatre.

Artistic Director Ina Centaur is directing this play with a new cast and 
a rare vision in Shakespearean productions, "This production attempts to 
be as true and pure to the play as possible. . . This is the only one of 
the Bard's plays that is not under suspicion from various bad quartos 
editions, so there might be some insights to be divined if we try to 
dramatize it based on a close reading -- independent of the shackles of 
any era interpretation."

Although the play is rich with references to Elizabethan England, 
Centaur has chosen to let more intrinsic elements define the visuals, 
"Avoiding the extraneous notions of modernity, the play looks like it's 
from the 'generic past' . . . The visual elements aren't bound to a 
particular era or interpretation -- but serve to help embellish the 
intrinsic elements of the play."

Starting in April, the troupe will be trying several possible 
"Variations," including an all-female production, a switched-genders 
production, and several more. Artistic Director Ina Centaur explains 
that despite the changes, the "Variations" will be related by a certain 
"unmoving pivot," "Twelfth Night, Act 1 is about the formation of love 
triangles . . .  There's a salient love triangle that evolves through 
the act, connecting Viola, Olivia and Orsino, and a subtle relationship 
triangle that forms between Maria, Andrew, and Toby in Scene 3. That's 
like the unmoving pivot that connects the 'Variations.' Our goal is to 
be able to vibrantly convey these archetypal relationships in both our 
main 'traditional' production as well as our 'Variations.'"

When asked why the troupe is performing just a single act, Centaur 
asserts, "We're doing it in obsessive detail step-by-step, since we plan 
to perform the play unabridged in a way that's not only worth your time 
to see, but may also delight and even enlighten you. It's a bite-sized 
chunk of goodness each time. Come see Act 1 to get a glimpse of the SL 
Shakespeare Company magic before we move onto Act 2 this summer!"

The play stars Caliban Jigsaw, Ixmal Supermarine, Kerry Takashi, KeyKey 
Underwood, Mokey Mokusei, and Sensuality Cordeaux.

Premiering March 1, the performances will be held Sundays at 1 PM SLT 
(GMT-8) and Tuesdays at 6 PM SLT (GMT-8) at the SL Globe Theatre, in the 
virtual world of Second Life, accessible anywhere in the world with an 
Internet-ready computer. http://visit.SLshakespeare.com

Subtitles will be provided in English, French, German, Spanish, and 
Mandarin Chinese.

For Visuals, please see:
http://playbills.SLshakespeare.com for our 2009 playbills (and 
http://playbills2008.SLshakespeare.com for our 2008 playbills)

See more details and RSVP on vShakespeare:
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