North American Players of Shakespeare: A Book of Interviews

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University of Delaware Press, hardback, 235 x 155 mm. 432pp Illustrated.
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North American Players of Shakespeare is a unique collection of 21 interviews of experienced actors from Shakespeare theatres and festivals across the United States and Canada. All of the interviews are conducted by noted performance scholars, many of whom regularly review Shakespeare productions in journals such as Shakespeare Bulletin and The Upstart Crow.

The book opens with Samuel Crowl's interview of James Earl Jones, one of America's most distinguished actors and a pioneer in American Shakespearean acting. The remaining interviews are of leading actors from Shakespearean venues across North America, including Theatre at Monmouth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Festival, Folger Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Shenandoah Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA.

The actors discuss numerous important issues in contemporary Shakespearean productions, including the value of specific kinds of actors' training; working relationships between actors and directors; differences between British and North American approaches to playing Shakespeare; festivals' relationships with their audiences and regional differences among audiences; gender-neutral and multi-racial casting; and the actors' individual interpretations of Shakespeare's major characters. Collectively, the interviews celebrate the vitality and ingenuity of American and Canadian Shakespeare productions, and introduce important new voices into Shakespearean performance criticism.

Interviewees: James Earl Jones; Janis Stevens; Phillip Bosco; Michael Stuhlbarg; Andrew Long; Kate Norris; Seana McKenna; Scott Wentworth; Lisa Dodson; Kevin Gudahl; Scott Parkinson; Lawrence Yando; Dan Donohue; Robin Goodrin Nordli; Marco Barricelli; Fran Bennett; Kandis Chappell; Jonathan McMurtry; Keith Scales; Peter Crook; and Stephanie Shine.

Michael W. Shurgot is Professor of Humanities at South Puget Sound Community College.


SKU 9780874139532
Barcode # 9780874139532
Brand AUP
Artist / Author Michael W. SHURGOT (editor)

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