Instant Shakespeare: A Proven Technique for Actors, Directors, and Teachers

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This book allows performers, directors, and teachers to demystify Shakespeare and perform his texts in ways that are clear, fresh, and unpretentious.
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Editorial Reviews

Accessible to novices…and refreshing for veterans who enjoy viewing familiar matter from a novel perspective.
ForeWord Reviews
It is difficult to recall the last book that offered as much.
Michael York
Persuasive and interesting.
Joan Van Ark
This is a great book! Louis Fantasia makes Shakespeare (and all performing) as easy as Antony, Beatrice, Cleopatra!
Camille Paglia
Louis Fantasia's lively guide is a manifesto of liberation for Shakespeare fans.
Anthony B. Dawson
Louis Fantasia knows his Shakespeare, and knows how to make Shakespeare come alive in the theatre.
Accessible to novices…and refreshing for veterans who enjoy viewing familiar matter from a novel perspective.
Foreword Reviews
It is difficult to recall the last book that offered as much.
Shakespeare Newsletter
The best that can be said for this book is, 'Try it'.... THIS BOOK WORKS!
Shakespeare Magazine
Engaging and useful...particularly valuable to teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635035
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,346,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Fantasia is the director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre's Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute. For ten years he directed the Globe's acting and directing workshop in London, and he has mounted productions at a variety of international festivals and at theatres in England, Europe, Japan, Australia, and across the United States. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Prelude: Banging at Swords 3 Part 2 Introduction: The Absence of Presence 11 Part 3 PART ONE: PRE-PERFORMANCE— INSTANT SHAKESPEARE! Chapter 4 Know What the Words Really Mean— Dialogue 19 Chapter 5 The Histrionic Sensibility 39 Chapter 6 Whose Frog is it Anyway? 44 Chapter 7 Excercise Monologues 47 Chapter 9 Know the Rhythm and Sense of the Line— Character 63 Chapter 10 Know What the Play is About— The Central Event 78 Part 11 Interlude: More Banging at Swords: Encounters at Shakespeare's Globe, 1981-1997 95 Part 12 PART TWO: ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE Chapter 13 Transitions from reading to Performance 107 Chapter 14 Scenes for Excercises 113 Chapter 15 Aspects of Performance: Breath and Impulse 120 Chapter 16 Aspects of Performance: A Practical Study of the Breath 128 Chapter 17 Isabella's Voice 142 Chapter 18 The Ephemeral Nature of the Theatrical Event 154 Chapter 19 A Philosophy of Training and Performance 161 Chapter 20 Presence and the Ontological Sensibility 172 Part 21 Epilogue: Still Banging at Swords— Optional Authenticity and Shakespeare's Globe, 1997-2001 187 Part 22 Acknowledgments 197 Part 23 A Note on Sources 199 Part 24 Index 203

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