Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide
Now in its first American edition, Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world's greatest playwright.
Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare's verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare's most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice. A practical and essential guide, Playing Shakespeare will stand for years as the authoritative favorite among actors, scholars, teachers, and students.
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VIOLA : ORSINO : There is no woman's sides ( Pause . ) Can bide the beating of so strong a passion As love doth give my heart ; ... Make no compare Between that love a woman can bear me And that I owe Olivia .
VIOLA : It gives a very echo to the seat Where love is throned . ORSINO : Thou dost speak masterly . } ( Quick cue . ) My life upon't , young though thou art , thine eye Hath stayed upon some favour that it loves . Hath it not , boy ?
VIOLA : But if she cannot love you , sir ? ORSINO : It cannot be so answered . VIOLA : Say that some lady , as perhaps there is , Hath for your love as great a pang of heart As you have for Olivia . You cannot love her .
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The Two Traditions Elizabethan and Modern Acting
Using the Verse Heightened and Naturalistic Verse
Language and Character Making the Words Ones Own
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