University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Speak the Speech: Analyzing Shakespearean Text for Performance

Instructor:
Marguerite Honoree du Cheneau


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA106 February 13, 2021
Crs #:
436
Date:
Sat Feb 13
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
5/99
Room:
Theater
Course Category:
Performing Arts
Track:
Theater Performing Arts
Description
"Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue... but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I would as lief the town crier spoke your lines!" How does one go from oddly arranged text printed in an archaic font on a folio-sized page to proclaiming meaning and intent? We will explore this question, looking at scansion, rhetoric, and phrasing, and how they can be used to bring Shakespearean (and other period) texts to life. We'll also look at how to draw on the closest thing to primary sources we have - the quartos produced during Shakespeare's life and the FIrst Folio printed after his death - and use the clues in those documents to inform performance. This class will be part-lecture and discussion, part-participation. Participants will be asked to bring a selection of 6 lines of Shakespearean verse to class - more details to follow by email closer to classtime. Depending on class size, we may not be able work with everyone - but please be prepared to work. All experience levels welcome! Class should run approximately an hour and a half, depending on class size. This class will be recorded, but the recording will be kept only for student and instructor use.