Last Friday Dr.Cohen gave a fascinating talk on the history of the Blackfriers. The Blackfriars seems to have housed an eclectic artistic community of rich and common, puritans, and actors. Here are some photos from Dr. Cohen's talk.
I'm directing the final scene of A Winter's Tale for my Directing final, but I have to prepare like I'm going to do the whole show. Here is my scene chart and doubling chart for a cast of twelve. When I uploaded the scene chart the lines uploaded strangely, you have to imagine the ones that are missing. I'm not sure how to fix that, but I'm sure everyone reading this blog has a good imagination.
I had such a great time putting on the Classical/Epic short version of Pericles. Condensing a play into about six minutes and bringing out elements that revolve around a certain theme is a great exercise as a scholar, actor, and director. I put together the script and I used excerpts from a translation of the original source, Apollonius, as well as a few from our script of "Pericles," to supplement the story and then I filled in the details around them. If anyone would be interested in seeing a copy of the script let me know. It was a great experience working with my classmates on this collaborative effort. Together we came up with a lot of creative ideas.
Roving Shakespeare, the M.F.A. company, will be doing "King Lear" later this month. I have loved everything they have done so far, their shows are very colorful and creative.
Preview is Sunday, January 26 in Masonic Blue
Opening Night is January 28 in the Blackfriars Playhouse
Performances begin at 7:30 pm.
These are pay as you like it performances.
The new term starts today and I just had my first class, Performance of the Language. We will be studying and then putting on a production of the play Pericles. I am very excited. I will play Lysimachus and third pirate, so I am very excited. Our whole first year is taking the class at once, which is wonderful because we're such a tight knit group.
The first half of term we will explore the play together and we are to focus on exploring rather than interpreting the play, a wonderful approach which should generate some beautiful creative work.
This week we are focusing on seeing the play through three different storytelling lenses: the Epic/Apollonian; the Romantic/Medieval/Gower; and the Early Modern/ Shakespeare's Contemporaries.
We have been divided up into three groups and we are to spend about two hours putting together a 5-7 minute production of Pericles each group with a different focus which we will all present on Friday. Mine is the Epic/Apollonian focus, which is great because I'm a fan of the Odyssey, Greek myths, and also very familiar with the Mediterranean, so I was hoping to be in this focus group.
I'll keep you updated with more information on this fun assignment as the week develops!
Nora Manca Wickman was the founding Artistic Director of Storefront Shakespeare and has a MFA and MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA
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