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                               Acting Shakespeare

EH 71
Spragins
Spring 2020

 

 Course Outline:

 


The Chandos Portrait (1606?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Comedy of Errors (1593)

 

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Assignment

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Day 7

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1/ 23 Day 8 Thurs.


Mountebank Stage (1600)
The Mystery Plays


Bear Baiting


Marlowe, Tambulaine Act IV iii (1587)


Shakespeare's Globe, London (2004)

Course Description

Course Philosophy: 

  • We will approach the plays actively and practically. We will not simply sit and read.
  • What do we learn about the language, the characters, and the action of the plays from the practical necessities of staging scenes?
  • You have to be open to improvisation. Who knows what the audience might do in the midst of the action?

Introduction to Course Exercises:

“Shakespeare’s language has a whole energy that has nothing to do with what the words mean and everything to do with how the words sound.” (Cecily Berry) 

Homework:

A. "Words, words, words..." 

  • To love Shakespeare, you must love words. In Elizabethan London, feats of language comprised the ultimate media entertainment. (that is, beyond bear baiting and public executions.). (John Barton)
  • Choose a word from the 'diss list' and look it up in the OED online. First, say the word out loud. Experiment with various ways of pronouncing the individual word. Feed off its sound. 
  • Then, consider the various meanings the word has had in its history. Pronounce it differently for each different definition.

B. ...and please read Shakespeare’s Youth, notes from Greenblatt, Will in the World, Chapter One

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Day 10 

Mon.

Marlowe_portrait.jpg
Purported Portrait of Christopher Marlowe,
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge


A portion of a panoramic view of London by Claus Visscher (1616) London Bridge (1600)
 

sonnet, a lyric poem containing fourteen lines of iambic pentameter with one of a fairly limited set of rhyme schemes, including the Italian (ababababcdcdcd) and English or Surrey-Shakespeare (ababcdcdefefgg) and the Spenserian (ababbcbccdcdee). (English Literature Glossary- Goucher)

Shakespeare's Verse:

Homework:


for further reading:

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28

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29

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petrarch_laura.jpg
Florence Petrarch Sonnets

Petrarch's Laura, Laurentian Library


Sir Walter Raleigh

 

Shakespeare's Language:

“Shakespeare’s language has a whole energy that has nothing to do with what the words mean and everything to do with how the words sound.” (Cecily Berry)   

Homework: 

  • Sonnet Project: You will receive two grades for this project: the first for a short essay analyzing your poem and the second for your performance. Write up your analysis of the poetic effects of your sonnet and discuss your choice of its dramatic situation. The best essays will be built around one idea. The best performances will be done free of the text, so memorize your lines).
  • Selected Sonnets

For Further Reading:

  • On the composition of the Sonnets. Wood, In Search of Shakespeare, Chapter Nine, "A Hell of Time" (pp. 179-200) and Chapter Ten, "Shakespeare in Love?" (pp. 201-222)
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John Barton (RSC)

 

Iambic Pentameter Exercises (Yolanda Vazquez)

Sonnet Project: You will receive two grades for this project: the first for a short essay analyzing your poem and the second for your performance. Write up your analysis of the poetic effects of your sonnet and discuss your choice of its dramatic situation. The best essays will be built around one idea. The best performances will be done free of the text, so memorize your lines). (
Selected Sonnets)

Sonnet Project Acting Exercises

  • Physicalization: (These exercises were developed by Cicely Berry of the R.S.C.) 
  • Verse Analysis: (These approaches to the verse were developed by John Barton of the R.S.C.)

Homework:

  • Sonnet Analysis

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3

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Sonnet Performances


Sonnet Project: You will receive two grades for this project: the first for a short essay analyzing your poem and the second for your performance. Write up your analysis of the poetic effects of your sonnet and discuss your choice of its dramatic situation. The best essays will be built around one idea. The best performances will be done free of the text, so memorize your lines). (
Selected Sonnets)

Taking Apart Sonnet #12: ‘When I do count the clock that tells the time’ (Analysis)

Homework: 

2/

5

Day 7

Wed.

   Parent Conference Day       

2/6Day 8Thurs.

 

 




 

Sonnet Analysis Due by 3:30 pm

Sonnet Performances

Introduction to The Comedy of Errors (1594)

Homework: 

  • Read The Comedy of Errors Act One 
2/7Day 9Fri.Measure for Measure at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Measure for Measure at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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10

Day 10

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Sonnet Performances

Introduction to The Comedy of Errors (1594)

The Comedy of Errors Act One:

Act One scene one

Aegeon’s Lament

Act One scene two

Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus

Antipholus of Syracuse’s Soliloquy

Dromio of Ephesus meets Antipholus of Syracuse

Antipholus of Syracuse’s Second Soliloquy

Putting a Scene on Its Feet

  • Rehearsal Day One
  • Constructive Criticism: Intentions and Obstacles, Clarity of the Dramatic Situation, Shakespeare’s Hidden Stage Directions

Homework:
2/11Day 1Tues

2/

12

Day 2

Wed.

 

Sonnet Performances

Discuss The Comedy of Errors Act Two:

 Act Two scene one

Adriana and Luciana Dissect Adriana's Marriage

Dromio of Ephesus: ‘My master is horn mad.’

Adriana and Lucians: Adriana’s Jealousy

Act Two scene two

Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse reunite.
       Adriana and Luciana encounter Antipholus and Dromio of Syra


Homework

For Further Reading:
2/13Day 3Thurs.

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14

Day 0

Fri.

Faculty Professional Day
2/ 17 Day 0 Mon. President's Day
2/ 18 Day 4 Tues.


 

Rehearsal Day Two

Cast the scene and get it on its feet:

  • It is o.k. to have different people play the same part at different times. Its also o.k. to double parts by having the same actor play two different people. Don’t worry about gender to type in your casting. It is o.k. to cast against type.
  • Work through the scene together. 
  • Decide where key moments of your scene should take place.
  • Work through the scene again with a different cast.

Homework: 

  • Rehearse your scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19

Day 5

Wed.

 

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20

Day 6

Thurs.

The Globe 1599 (Presentation)



Perform The Comedy of Errors Act Two:

 Act Two scene one

Adriana and Luciana Dissect Adriana's Marriage

Dromio of Ephesus: ‘My master is horn mad.’

Adriana and Lucians: Adriana’s Jealousy

Act Two scene two

Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse reunite.
       Adriana and Luciana encounter Antipholus and Dromio of Syra

Homework: 

2/

21

Day 7

Fri.

 

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24

Day 8

Mon.

 



Discuss The Comedy of Errors Acts Three

Act Three scene one

Antipholus of Ephesus reunites with Dromio of Ephesus

Antipholus of Ephesus is denied entry to his home.

Antipholus of Ephesus sends gold chain to the Porpentine

Act Three scene two

Luciana and Antipholus of Syracuse Fall in Love

Dromio of Syracuse is pursued by Nell.

Antipholus of Syracuse’s Soliloquy 

Angelo the Goldsmith delivers the gold chain.

Homework:

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25

Day 9

Tues.

2/

26

Day 10

Wed.



Discuss The Comedy of Errors Act Four

Act Four scene one
Angelo the Goldsmith importunes Antipholus of Ephesus for his debt.
Antipholus of Ephesus is arrested.
Dromio of Syracuse tells Antipholus of Ephesus of a ship about to sail.

Act Four scene two
Adriana and Luciana fall out.
Dromio of Syracuse reports that Antipholus of Ephesus has gone mad and is arrested.

Act Four scene three
Antipholus of Syracuse Soliloquy “Lapland sorcerers inhabit here”
Dromio of Syracuse gives Antipholus of Syracuse gold from home.
A Courtesan demands Antipholus of Syracuse’s gold chain.
The Courtesan’s Soliloquy

Act Four scene four
Dromio of Ephesus gives Antipholus of Ephesus a whip.
Dromio of Ephesus laments his fate.
Adriana, Luciana, Courtesan and Pinch the Exorcist
Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse enter with swords drawn.

Homework:

2/

27

Day 1

Thurs.

2/

28

Day 2

Fri.




Discuss The Comedy of Errors Act 5

Act Five scene one

Angelo confronts Antipholus of Syracuse for stealing gold chain.
Adriana, Luciana and Courtesan try to break up street fight.
Amelia the Abbess gives Antipholus of Syracuse sanctuary and calms the scene.
The Duke and his men bring Aegeon to his place of execution.
Adriana pleads for her husband’s release from the Abbey.
Servant reports that the madmen have broken free and are causing a riot.
 Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus enter and recapitulate the action.
Aegeon claims that Antipholus of Ephesus is his son.
The Abbess enters with Antipholus of Syracuse and the mystery is resolved.
 The Antipholae and Dromios meet.

Homework: 

 

3/ 2 Day 3 Mon.
3/ 3 Day 4 Tues.


Warm Up: The Four Elements:

  • "The most important thing is that the actors listen to each other, not just with their minds but with their bodies. If the actors can't move, the audience won't be moved." (Glyn MacDonald)

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Voice Exercise: Over the Top

 

 

 

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Warm Up Exercises

Homework:

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10

Day 9

Tues.

3/11Day 10Wed
3/12Day 1Thurs.
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Dress Rehearsal

Voice Exercise: Over the Top

 

The Globe (Powerpoint)

 

Homework: 

Essay Due: Thursday at 3:30 pm

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3/23Day 0Mon.SPRING BREAK
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Good Friday

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Professional Day
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Hamlet at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

4/19Day 0Sun.Performance at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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5/4Day 10Mon.AP's
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5/18Day 10Mon.Awards Day
5/19Day 1Tues.Encounter Begins