Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Richard III, King Lear

Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Richard III, King Lear

by John Poulsen

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Overview

Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 2 contains four scripts with some of the greatest villains from the world’s best playwright.


This book abridges into Readers’ Theatre format the plays Othello, Richard III, King Lear, and Merry Wives of Windsor, with memorable lines the likes of Richard III who states straight up “I am determined to prove a villain.”



Volume 2 holds 20 minute and 45 minute versions of each play as well as a director’s version with suggestions for making productions more audience ready. This book is built for individuals or groups who want to examine or perform Shakespeare in a condensed and dynamic format.


Praise for Volume 1



This book perfectly meets my needs. I am using it this year with my middle school gifted students who must perform a 10-20 minute Shakespeare scene. I love the readers theatre approach and so do my students. - Amazon


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988274157
Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Series: Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre , #2
Pages: 522
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

John Poulsen B.Ed., Ph.D. (University of Calgary) & M.A. (University of London, England.)

John is an academic, performer, director and writer. As a specialist in Drama Education his research examines diverse fields such as affective attunement, teacher as performer, theatre direction, history of Drama Education, and Shakespeare. John is a founding member of two performing companies masQuirx and Loose Moose Theatre Company (from which came Theatre Sports). He has directed over 50 productions with a focus on classics including Shakespeare and Theatre for Young Audiences collective creation.

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Part One: Introduction to Shakespeare and Readers' Theatre
Chapter 1: Overview 9
Shakespeare is Extraordinary 9
Making Shakespeare Accessible 9
Chapter 2: Readers' Theatre 12
Origin and Purpose 12
Conventions 13
Chapter 3: Shakespeare 17
Sources of Information on Shakespeare 17
Shakespeare's Life 18
Shakespeare in Print 21
Part Two: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains
Chapter 4: Understanding Villainy 25
Machiavelli 25
Story Scales 26
Chapter 5: The Villains 30
Iago 30
Richard Iii 33
Edmund, Goneril, Regan, And Cornwall 35
Falstaff 37
Part Three: Othello
Chapter 6: Othello Background 41
Synopsis 41
Sources 41
Publishing History 42
Why Othello Is Extraordinary 42
Important Productions of Othello 47
Chapter 7: Othello, 45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 50
Suggested Casts for 45-Minute Version 50
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 59
45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 60
Chapter 8: Othello, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 95
Suggested Casts for 20-Minute Version 95
Synopsis, Setting and Character Descriptions 103
20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 104
Chapter 9: Othello, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Director's Script 123
Part Four: Richard III
Chapter 10: Background 147
Synopsis 147
Sources 147
Publishing History 148
Why Is Extraordinary 149
Important Productions of Richard III 151
Chapter 11: Richard III , 45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 154
Suggested Casts For 45-Minute Version 154
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 169
45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 171
Chapter 12: Richard III, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 210
Suggested Casts for 20-Minute Version 210
Synopsis, Setting and Character Descriptions 220
20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 222
Chapter 13: Richard III, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Director's Script 241
Part Five: King Lear
Chapter 14: King Lear Background 264
Synopsis 264
Family Tree 264
Sources 265
Publishing History 267
Why King Lear Is Extraordinary 268
Important Productions Of King Lear 271
Chapter 15: King Lear, 45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 274
Suggested Casts For 45-Minute Version 274
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 288
45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 289
Chapter 16: King Lear, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 332
Suggested Casts For 20-Minute Version 332
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 343
20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 344
Chapter 17: King Lear, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Director's Script 364
Part Six: Merry Wives Of Windsor
Chapter 18: Background 388
Synopsis 388
Sources 388
Publishing History 390
Why Is Extraordinary 391
Important Productions Of Merry Wives Of Windsor 392
Chapter 19: Merry Wives Of Windsor, 45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 394
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 410
Merry Wives Of Windsor 45-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 412
Chapter 20: Merry Wives Of Windsor, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version 455
Suggested Casts For 20-Minute Version 455
Synopsis, Setting, and Character Descriptions 468
20-Minute Readers' Theatre Version Script 470
Chapter 21: Merry Wives Of Windsor, 20-Minute Readers' Theatre Director's Script 491
Bibliography 516
About The Author 519
Books By Five Rivers 520

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