A Lifetime with Shakespeare: Notes from an American Director of All 38 Plays

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Written by the only American to direct and fight—choreograph all of Shakespeare's plays, this text represents an expert and practical guide to the Bard's oeuvre. From the Henry VI plays through The Tempest, each play is explored in its full theatrical complexity, with particular attention paid to directorial and acting challenges, character quirks and development, and the particularities of Shakespearean language. Directing successes are recounted, but the failures are not shied away from, making this work ...

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Overview

Written by the only American to direct and fight—choreograph all of Shakespeare's plays, this text represents an expert and practical guide to the Bard's oeuvre. From the Henry VI plays through The Tempest, each play is explored in its full theatrical complexity, with particular attention paid to directorial and acting challenges, character quirks and development, and the particularities of Shakespearean language. Directing successes are recounted, but the failures are not shied away from, making this work indispensable for anyone interested in producing plays by Shakespeare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786449538
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Barry has spent 60 years as a professional actor and musician on stage and in films, and has directed more than 300 plays and musicals. He lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword Harry Keyishian Keyishian, Harry 1

Introduction 3

1 Actors, Plays, and Playhouses 5

2 The Taming of the Shrew 17

3 A Midsummer Night's Dream 23

4 Hamlet 31

5 Macbeth 43

6 The Comedy of Errors 53

7 The Two Gentlemen of Verona 57

8 Twelfth Night 60

9 Romeo and Juliet 67

10 Shakespeare's Warrior Plays 75

11 Troilus and Cressida 80

12 Julius Caesar 84

13 Antony and Cleopatra 89

14 Much Ado About Nothing 93

15 Othello 99

16 The Merchant of Venice 107

17 The Tempest 118

18 As You Like It 123

19 Coriolanus 126

20 Measure for Measure 129

21 The Chronicle Plays 133

22 Richard II 137

23 Henry IV, Part 1 143

24 Henry IV, Part 2 150

25 The Merry Wives of Windsor 154

26 Henry V 157

27 Henry VI, Part 1 162

28 Henry VI, Part 2 168

29 Henry VI, Part 3 172

30 Richard III 175

31 Titus Andronicus 180

32 Love's Labour's Lost 184

33 King Lear 188

34 Timon of Athens 201

35 Cymbeline 205

36 Henry VIII 208

37 The Two Noble Kinsmen 215

38 The Winter's Tale 220

39 All's Well That Ends Well 228

40 Pericles, Prince of Tyre 230

41 King John 234

Bibliography 237

Index 239

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