Feb. 14 - March 21, 2021
12:00 pm - 4:00pm [4:00-8:00 on 2-21 only)
This Advanced Play & Scene Study class is designed to help the experienced actor become more alert to Shakespeare, one play at a time! Next up, the Scottish play, MacBeth.
Together we read the play (working from the First Folio). We will glean information from examining line endings, shifts in meter, and rhetorical devices at play, all helping us speak the text vigorously, yet with nuance.
The last two sessions we enter "rehearsal mode", exploring characters and given circumstances through monologues and scenes. This class keeps us in shape to perform, while fine-tuning our ability to "read" and "play" Shakespeare's music with boldness, clarity, and passion.
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"Scene Study with Susan Angelo has significantly increased my understanding of the Bard’s work. Her method of examining text, character analysis, and how to tackle prose and verse has made Shakespeare less intimidating. In fact, she makes reading his plays exciting!There are so many layers to his writing and she helps you pierce them all."
Christopher Loverro, actor, founder of Warriors for Peace
"I came to the Shakespeare Gymnasium and Scene Study classes after being on the “other side of the camera” for over two decades (not to mention that when I was acting, I had never performed Shakespeare!) My fears were quickly put to rest by Susan’s contagious enthusiasm, support, direction, and exercises that help focus the actor on simply what needs to be done. Her remarkable breadth of knowledge about Shakespeare and the technical demands of this kind of text are nothing short of inspiring. She has given me a newfound love of Shakespeare and re-lit my acting bug."
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So far, we've explored:
The concept of Time recurs in many of Shakespeare’s plays,but it is especially palpable in The Winters Tale. Shakespeare explores Time’s passage; its' continuum, its' cycles of death and rebirth, and its' ability to be an agent ofprofound forgiveness. Against the backdrop of winter, chaos brings unspeakable tragedy and loss. But spring eventually comes with its restorative powers of love and acceptance .
King Lear was derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological Celtic king. Shakespeare's version explores themes of family, aging, mental deterioration, loyalty, betrayal, honour, loss of love, yearning for love, forgiveness and ultimately a kind of enlightenment. As George Bernard Shaw wrote, "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear."
The War of the Roses
War of the Roses, (1455–85) was the series of dynastic English civil wars whose violence and civil strife preceded the government of the Tudors. Fought between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, the wars were named many years later from the supposed badges of the contending parties: the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster.