Shakespeare Plays the Classroom

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Stuart E. Omans, Maurice J. O'Sullivan
Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 17, 2015 - Drama - 272 pages
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Bringing Shakespeare to the Sunshine State, this book gathers together a talented group of teachers, choreographers, directors, set designers, musicians, costumers, actors, and artists to discuss how they have adapted the bard's monologues in Miami, assassinated Julius Caesar on the steps of Tallahassee's Capitol, trained students to duel in Florida's Panhandle, placed Shylock on trial in Orlando, and transformed Gainesville into Puck's magical forest.

This guide for teachers and lovers of literature and theater is an original collection of essays exploring the idea that Shakespeare's plays are best approached playfully through performance. Based on their wide-ranging experience as theater professionals and teachers in Florida, New York, London, and Stratford, the authors celebrate Shakespeare's continuing appeal to our complex, diverse culture.

The essays include reflections on acting by the Royal Shakespeare Company's longest-serving member. And there's practical advice on acting; directing; staging fights; designing costumes; and integrating music, dance, masks, and puppets into performances from teachers and others who have refined their methods by performing Shakespeare in the classroom.

 

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Contents

Introduction
Prologue
by Judith Rubinger
by Ben Gunter
by Ellie Conde Lindsay Hunter Heather Williams and Lauren
Playing with Language and Character
by Theo Lotz
by Daniel K Flick
by J Ann Singleton
by Maurice J OSullivan
by Alan Nordstrom
by Judith Rubinger
by Noelle Morris and Andrea Moussaoui
Epilogue
Index
Copyright

by Susan Baron Patricia Hagelin and Mike Zella

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About the author (2015)

Omans is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches Shakespeare and drama.

Maurice is the chairman of the English department at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

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