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Thursdays, July 7 and 14, 2022 7:00-9:00pm (Korean time)

  • 40 US dollars
  • [2 weeks, 2 hours per week] Location: Zoom

Course Description

Acting Shakespeare's Text Shakespeare embeds lots of keys and clues in his text to help the actor give performances that are complex, innovative, exciting, naturalistic, and action-driven. In this class we explore key ways to bring out the richness of Shakespeare's writing, in a visceral way, in order to reveal exciting possibilities in interpreting character, communicating clearly to the audience, getting at the meanings and intentions of a passage of text, and exploring language as moment-to-moment action. As with all things in acting, the aim is not to find one correct answer, but to find out new, inspiring possibilities for the text. THIS MONTH’S THEME: “Language in Action—Storytelling” This month is a short course (just two sessions) exploring descriptive monologues in which a character tells a detailed story in order to have an effect on another person, using storytelling to shape a narrative about an event that has occurred. In our first week, we explore Benvolio relating the slaying of Mercutio and Tybalt to the Duke in Romeo and Juliet, and in our second week we explore Hotspur justifying keeping his prisoners from the king in Henry IV Part 1. In both of these speeches we will explore techniques that can be used in a range of similar monologues. Based on David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey's The Shakespeare Workbook and Video: A Practical Course for Actors, this class explores monologues specifically selected for this month's topic and utilizes techniques tailored to each monologue to bring out the text’s most salient features, with an eye toward how the discoveries made in these monologues can be applied to other texts.  This course is for actors and directors of all levels who wish to improve their understanding of Shakespeare’s text and performance possibilities. Participants will need: A room with enough space to move around a bit (nothing fancy, just a space that allows you to walk around a little), and in which you can vocalize. Please make sure your space is reasonably free of background noise. Note: In this class we generally get through one speech per week, but some speeches may take more or less time. Specific monologues used each month are likely to remain as stated in the course description, but may be subject to change at the instructors' discretion. Registration deadline: Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 7pm (Korean Standard Time, GMT+9)

Cancellation Policy

Participants may withdraw for a refund up until 5 days prior to the first class. After this there are no refunds for class withdrawals. (We will of course give refunds if we have to cancel a class from our end at any point.)