Category Archives: Pre-Conference

Feb 29 Tweets

Wednesday, February 29

@_plainKate_: Flirting with Fred Adams before breakfast: priceless. #STA12

@ASC_Amy: Love it! RT @jashuma: Hard to tell, but that is @_plainKate_ as a Viking horned cat. Hilarious. #STA12 http://t.co/oNrRMFwv

@ASC_Amy: .@ralphalancohen is up this morning with a #STA12 workshop on #rhetoric. Waiting for the live tweeting to begin!

@ASC_Cass: RT @ASC_Amy: .@ralphalancohen is up this morning with a #STA12 workshop on #rhetoric. Waiting for the live tweeting to begin!

@ladyjshepherd: Roger Rees is in the house! First workshop about to begin: Rhetoric with @ralphalancohen #sta12

@shakespearectr: This morning at #sta12: Ralph Alan Cohen presents on Rhetoric and Acting. Follow along on the conference blog: http://t.co/nBbZ4xQH

@Virtue_In_If: I love the smell of rhetoric in the morning! #STA12

@gmudge: @ralphalancohen in his element. #rhetoric #STA12

@gmudge: @mikelomo’s slides from a yesterday, really easy download:. http://t.co/zqkY2MYx Search “Lomonico” Try Tone/subtext. #STA12 #Shakespeare

@ladyjshepherd: @ralphalancohen rhetoric clues give an actor a variety of valid choices. know your options and make a specific choice #sta12

@ASC_Amy: RT @gmudge: @ralphalancohen in his element. #rhetoric #STA12

@gmudge: Scott Kaiser, #Shakespeare ‘s Wordcraft. http://t.co/68QR24VX recommended by @ralphalancohen #STA12 #rhetoric

@ladyjshepherd: what’s your favorite figure of speech? I have a list of 40…. #sta12

@shakespearectr: From #sta12: Video of @asc_sarahe leading her Cue Scripts workshop: http://t.co/ePCCpNPC

@ASC_Amy: Have you read it? RT @gmudge: Scott Kaiser, #Shakespeare’s Wordcraft. http://t.co/F85RqGIE recommended by @ralphalancohen #STA12 #rhetoric

@_plainKate_: “If God could rhyme, he’d be Richard II.” – Dr Ralph, #STA12

@_plainKate_: “What is the intelligence behind the rhetorical device? Actors need to know why these words in this order.” ~ Tina Packer #STA12

@gmudge: Anyone abroad got suggestions for us? Forum/feedbck for #STA12 pre-conf., planning for next yr. $? #Shakespeare #Education #ActorTraining

@jashuma: Amazing rhetoric workshop from Ralph Cohen of ASC. Now to plan and discuss for next year. A great group of colleagues. #STA12

@gmudge: I’m looking at you, @ASC_Amy, @ASC_Cass, @shakespearetav #STA12 #preconf What’d you like to see, like clown, rhetoric, actor/tchr train?

@PBABnet: RT @_plainKate_: “If God could rhyme, he’d be Richard II.” – Dr Ralph, #STA12

@ladyjshepherd: feedback and brainstorming for next year’s precon. What are we all about? We do, we play, we practice!

@ASC_Cass: @gmudge I think any focus on helping teachers think like directors would be great – how to guide classroom stagings. #sta12

@ASC_Cass: @gmudge Eng. teachers often don’t know what to do w/ kids once have them on feet – management of clsrm staging could be good focus. #sta12

@WomenOfWill: #STA12 What is aporia? Asking and answering your own question. #LameRhetoricJokes

@ASC_Cass: Well, *I* laughed. 😉 RT @WomenOfWill: #STA12 What is aporia? Asking and answering your own question. #LameRhetoricJokes

@ASC_Amy: Perhaps a management bootcamp for organizations going through growing pains / looking to reach next level? #STA12 #preconference ideas

@ASC_Amy: Apropos of the #STA12 morning: RT @shakespearectr: ASC Podcast: Dr. Ralph examines the rhetoric of #ASCRichardIII http://t.co/N5rTgWxx

@_plainKate_: O my gosh, o my gosh, I just took a swim with Steven Urkowitz. #STA12 #geekheaven

@DANICECRAWFORD: RT @WomenOfWill: #STA12 What is aporia? Asking and answering your own question. #LameRhetoricJokes

@jashuma: Roger Rees was great! The conference is fully under weigh! #STA12

@noracbyrd: @Jimhelsinger That couldn’t be more perfect! Now you just need a Garden of Arden! (or a golf course?) #STA12

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Feb. 28 Tweets

Tuesday, February 28

@gmudge: RT @_plainKate_: . @ASC_Sarahe said, “Ben Jonson was an ornery son of a bitch.” #STA12 #shehasapoint

@gmudge: More Clown today from Kevin Coleman, followed by a session from @mikelomo and Bob Young of the Folger. #STA12 #Shakespeare

@jashuma: Time for clowning at #STA12.

@RogueBelle: RT @_plainKate_: . @ASC_Sarahe said, “Ben Jonson was an ornery son of a bitch.” #STA12 #shehasapoint

@ASC_Cass: From the #sta12 blog: Notes on @ASC_Sarahe’s Cue Script workshop: http://t.co/Y4YTo95k

@shakespearectr: News from #sta12: Director of Education @asc_sarahe led a workshop exploration of Cue Scripts yesterday: http://t.co/3cnrrGrt

@OrlandoShakes: Want to follow the Shakespeare Theatre Association’s conference here at Shakes? Search for #STA12. Lots of attendees will be tweeting!

@CentralFLTop5: RT @OrlandoShakes: Want to follow the Shakespeare Theatre Association’s conference here at Shakes? Search for #STA12. Lots of attendees …

@jashuma: I am clowning. It’s an adventure. #STA12

@Jimhelsinger: RT @OrlandoShakes: Want to follow the Shakespeare Theatre Association’s conference here at Shakes? Search for #STA12. Lots of attendees …

@ASC_Amy: RT @flicktor: @shakeandco’s Kevin Coleman & @chesapeakeshake’s Kevin Costa clowning around at the pre-conf http://t.co/X5eiOYqj #STA12

@mikelomo: Watching clowns getting Bofffed @ #STA12.

@Jimhelsinger: “I loved it during the boffing!” @mikelomo #STA12 clown workshop

@WomenOfWill: #STA12 clown class – when we are clowns, we are totally in the present moment.

@gmudge: RT @ASC_Amy: RT @asc_cass: From the #sta12 blog: Notes on @ASC_Sarahe’s Cue Script workshop: http://t.co/WDktLci0

@jashuma: Back for more. #clownsarelessscary #STA12 #inthemoment

@chesapeakeshake: Ian, Lesley and Ian joining Kevin tomorrow in Florida. Yay!! #STA12

@gmudge: Reminded that winning in #clown never so satisfying as glorious failures, and cheating! #STA12 #redlightgreenlight. #henceho

@gmudge: Now imagine that orange hat w/an opera viking helment atop, complete w/braids. MT @mikelomo: Clown pic #STA12 http://t.co/Gjdbnlud #perfect

@jashuma: clown friends #thompsonandninaforever #STA12

@WomenOfWill: #STA12 Quote from the representative from Hawaii: I flew 3,000 miles to play Cat and Mouse? #funinclownclass

@gmudge: “Dont get your hopes up. The Folger will never sell anything.” #FirstFolios #Shakespeare # #STA12

@gmudge: @FolgerLibrary #Twitter page given a great mention in Bob Young and @mikelomo presentation. Also #podcasts on iTunes. #STA12 #Shakespeare

@ASC_Amy: HA! RT @gmudge “Dont get your hopes up. The Folger will never sell anything.” #FirstFolios #Shakespeare # #STA12

@_plainKate_: My clown’s name turns out to be Dervish. #STA12

@gmudge: All 175 #Hamlet quartos have been digitized, and are available online. http://t.co/XlUJITuy. #Shakespeare #STA12 #ageeksdream #dontdrool

@publicradionerd: RT @gmudge: All 175 #Hamlet quartos have been digitized, and are available online. http://t.co/XlUJITuy. #Shakespeare #STA12 #ageeksdrea …

@gmudge: Teaching Shakespeare: you may have used Sh’s insults. But #Shakespeare ‘s Compliments? #STA12 from @FolgerLibrary. Pre and teen energies?

@gmudge: All of us. United against NoFear-type/ “modernized” editions. Hooray @FolgerLibrary and @mikelomo! #STA12

@ASC_Cass: RT @gmudge: All of us. United against NoFear-type/ “modernized” editions. Hooray @FolgerLibrary and @mikelomo! #STA12

@gmudge: O’Brien’s Unfinished Taxonomy graphic: Focus on the word. Teaching just plot/char/theme no help for next yr. http://t.co/C8EtGQRh #STA12

@gmudge: @mikelomo #ReallyInteresting exc: young Orlando actress speaking Juliet’s potion spch to milling crowd who ignores her. #STA12

@gmudge: Comes from Cicely Barry video, http://t.co/3N7J9REM. Avail on Amazon and some on Vimeo. #STA12

@_plainKate_: @chesapeakeshake Yay for the arrival of Ian, Lesley and Jenny! #STA12 (Altho you missed the really cool clowning action)

@Jimhelsinger: Roger Rees is SOLD OUT tomorrow night! @orlandoshakes #STA12

@gmudge: Best for last: @FolgerLibrary hosting Electronic Field trip! Tue 3/6, 1p. Students can see treasures from Folger vault, stage. #STA12 Cont..

@jashuma: Just got to do a short scene with Gary Armagnac. So fun! #STA12 #livingthedream

@Jimhelsinger: My clown’s name is “bjornishish” #STA12. Who knew? @OrlandoShakes

@jashuma: Greenshows: who does em? Utah Shakes does! #STA12

@gmudge: @dkrausnick, Greenshow tends to mock what’s on the mainstage, usually 10 mins long, as Rose leaves and mainstage arrives. #STA12 Age 16-20

@gmudge: Ohio: 25 mins, actors cast in main play. On mainstage b/c folks in seats. ‘Minstrels’ leading to stage. Parody/revelry/swordfight. #STA12

@gmudge: #Greenshow session: Orange County, perf’s are often parody, 15-20 mins, establishes #festival mood/sense of an evening. #STA12 #Shakespeare

@gmudge: Ohio: audience accustomed to eye-contact, shy away less in an aside, direct address. #Greenshow #STA12

@gmudge: Orlando we do pre-shows for Theatre For Youth shows. (TYA) to occupy early arrivals, helps train aud how to respond. Where to do it? #STA12

@noracbyrd: #STA12 is in Orlando; just remembered that also happens to be the same name as 1/2 of my favorite Shakespearean couple;)

@Jimhelsinger: @noracbyrd we have a Rosalind Avenue too, here in #Orlando #STA12

@_plainKate_: @LindaInPhoenix @tjbuffoonery I am at the Shakespeare Theatre Assoc. (#STA12) conference at Orlando Shakes. Great stuff.

@_plainKate_: Loving all the smart conversations at #STA12. So grateful to be here this year w/all these great #Shakespeare practitioners. #theatre

@ladyjshepherd: #sta12 VIDEO – @ASC_Sarahe Working With Cue Scripts and Shakespeare’s Staging Practices http://t.co/AS9r8GPm @OrlandoShakes

@_plainKate_: @jashuma Did you know that the word for a fear of clowns is coulrophobia? #STA12

@jashuma: @_plainKate_ I did not! Thanks for the vocab! 🙂 #STA12

@jashuma: Hard to tell, but that is @_plainKate_ as a Viking horned cat. Hilarious. #STA12 http://t.co/d0RCyz3S

@_plainKate_: RT @jashuma: Hard to tell, but that is @_plainKate_ as a Viking horned cat. Hilarious. #STA12 http://t.co/YufLQtIT

Feb. 26- 27 Tweets

Sunday, February 26

@Jimhelsinger: First #STA12 pre-conference meeting was tonite! Inclusive #Shakespeare, w students from #UCP Notes p on http://t.co/J2cavSSm tomorrow.

@gmudge: Great first session on Shakespeare for students with special needs, working alongside those w/o. Pre-conference #STA12 @OrlandoShakes.

Monday February 27

@gmudge: Editing, cutting for educators, directors, and performers next. SF Shakes presenting. #sta12

@ladyjshepherd: tweeting from #sta12 conference this week. not interested? use Proxlet, TwitBlocker or Twalala to temporarily remove tweets from timeline

@mikelomo: On my way to #STA12 a day late. My #shakespeare presentation is tomorrow.

@Jimhelsinger: #STA12 Arabian gulf #shakespeare uses a narrator in arabic between scenes @Cutting Shakespeare

@ASC_Cass: Wish I could be at #sta12 this week! At least I can follow along on their blog: http://t.co/yOlzKZTw

@ladyjshepherd: RT @gmudge: Editing, cutting for educators, directors, and performers next. SF Shakes presenting. #sta12

@gmudge: Ennals seculation on #Hamlet cuttings Q1 memorial reconstruction, or ‘short/rain pace’ text Q2 ‘scholars’ version. #sta12

@ladyjshepherd: Rebecca Ennals: We live in a director’s culture #sta12

@ladyjshepherd: “these plays have become essential mythologies of our culture” – RE #sta12

@gmudge: RT @ladyjshepherd: “these plays have become essential mythologies of our culture” – RE #sta12

@ASC_Amy: #STA12 in progress @OrlandoShakes! View the program on issu http://t.co/vMAcPs8y (via @ladyjshepherd)

@ASC_Sarahe: #sta12 Rebecca is asking about different versions of hamlet. What gets cut in 90 min?

@ASC_Sarahe: #STA12 how about cast of 5 hamlet? Cast of 9?

@ASC_Amy: #2amt folks interested in #Shakespeare, follow #STA12 this week and see conference blog here: http://t.co/NzlZsLD8

@ASC_Sarahe: #STA12 do you count words or lines to get to your set length?

@publicradionerd: RT @ASC_Amy: #2amt folks interested in #Shakespeare, follow #STA12 this week and see conference blog here: http://t.co/NzlZsLD8

@mikelomo: RT @ASC_Amy: #STA12 in progress @OrlandoShakes! View the program on issu http://t.co/vMAcPs8y (via @ladyjshepherd)

@gmudge: 8-9,000 words = 1 hr cutting. From Ennals 16,000? = 2+ hrs from @Jimhelsinger #sta12 #CuttingShakespeare @NDowns

@gmudge: RT @ASC_Sarahe: #STA12 do you count words or lines to get to your set length?

@ASC_Amy: Will anyone be tweeting from Friday’s #STA12 Management Focus Group on #STA’s new strategic plan? #wanttobethere

@gmudge: @DonaldEWinsor Discussions now on how to cut #Hamlet for various cast sizes. #flashbacks #STA12 #CuttingShakespeare

@ladyjshepherd: @ASC_Amy I’m the designated note-taker for that session and will be tweeting as well 🙂 #sta12

@ASC_Amy: @ladyjshepherd YIPPIEEE! #thankful #sta12

@Jimhelsinger: @ASC_Sarahe #STA12 Like this – Ghost/CrazyHamlet/Play/DeathPol/deathOph/fightpoison/goodnight sweet prince

@Jimhelsinger: #STA12 Anyone know how to do #titus with 9 actors? #shakespeare

@gmudge: RT @Jimhelsinger: @ASC_Sarahe #sta12 words, words, words 16-20,000 for 2:45 with intermission

@ASC_Sarahe: #STA12 loving the 30 cast Hamlet-10 watch w/ each Barn&Fran,6 ghosts here, here, here!

@gmudge: Scene 1 #Hamlet, 1st Folio text, w/100 lines cut, just read at 4 minutes. Longer w/the large HS cast envisioned. #STA12 #CuttingShakespeare

@gmudge: Cast of 5, school tour, -125 lines read 2 mins, and 15 young campers, -150 lines, about 1 min. #Hamlet Sc 1 #STA12 #CuttingShakespeare

@ladyjshepherd: New equity rule requires 2nd stage manager if more than 9 actors, results in shows w/smaller casts #sta12

@WomenOfWill: #STA12 First day of Shakespeare Education Workshops – cutting the first scene of Hamlet five different ways.

@ASC_Amy: RT @womenofwill: #STA12 First day of Shakespeare Education Workshops – cutting the first scene of Hamlet five different ways.

@gmudge: And now…..drumroll pls, #clown with Kevin Coleman of S&Co. #STA12

@Jimhelsinger: #newplay @howlround @orlandoshakes interested in #Shakespeare? Follow #STA12 during the international conference all this week.

@2amt: MT @Jimhelsinger: interested in #Shakespeare? Follow #STA12 during the international conference all this week. #2amt

@TylerJMoss: “RT @womenofwill: #STA12 First day of Shakespeare Education Workshops – cutting the first scene of Hamlet five different ways.”

@noracbyrd: Really jealous of everyone at #STA12 …not to mention sunny Florida…!

@gmudge: Hard to explain how wondrous, generous, beautiful the first #clown session, and the group truly were. #Discoveries, #Recollections #STA12

@gmudge: RT @WomenOfWill: #STA12 First day of Shakespeare Education Workshops – cutting the first scene of Hamlet five different ways.

@ASC_Cass: #STA12 @ASC_Sarahe’s workshop “Working with Cue Scripts and Shakespeare’s staging practices” about to start! Guaranteed awesome. Go!

@gmudge: Next up, #Shakespeare #Cuescripts, presented by @ASC_Sarahe #STA12

@gmudge: #Cuescripts sewn and “rolled.” Poss origin for “role?” Actors now w/a scene from #Merchant. #STA12

@mikelomo: @noracbyrd #sta12 It’s raining here. No sun.

@ladyjshepherd: RT @gmudge: Next up, #Shakespeare #Cuescripts, presented by @ASC_Sarahe #sta12

@gmudge: #Cuescripts actually extant from the period, like “Orlando Furioso,” reveal repeated cues; suggests actor should try to interrupt. #STA12

@publicradionerd: RT @gmudge: #Cuescripts sewn and “rolled.” Poss origin for “role?” Actors now w/a scene from #Merchant. #STA12

@gmudge: @ASC_Sarahe also loves (‘in a happy geeky way’) the book “From #Shakespeare to Sheridan,” on rehearsal practices. #STA12 #Cuescripts

@ladyjshepherd: actors communicate with audience to 1) cast 2) ally 3) seek info, 4) make object of line, 5) include them on convo with character #sta12

@ASC_Amy: MT @gmudge: @ASC_Sarahe loves (‘in a happy geeky way’) the book “From Shakespeare to Sheridan,” on rehearsal practices. #STA12 #Cuescripts

@_plainKate_: First day of #STA12 has been great. Wonderful clown workshop, great @ASC_Sarah cue script workshop. Pause now for rehydration!

@_plainKate_: @ASC_Sarahe said, “Ben Jonson was an ornery son of a bitch.” #STA12 #shehasapoint

@_plainKate_: @noracbyrd No sun in sight: muggy and portentously gray. But the clowning workshop, p. 1, was ah-MAZ-ing. #STA12

@_plainKate_: @mikelomo Looking forward to meeting you! #STA12

@noracbyrd: @mikelomo ‘Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do!’ Hope the rain doesn’t put a damper on the festivities! #STA12

@gmudge: ‘Vistening’ to Kate Ingram, UCF, on Lessac and Laban voice techniques. #Communicationiskey #sta12

@_plainKate_: Learned great stuff today from @ASC_Sarahe and from Sh&Co’s amazing Kevin Coleman. #laughter #smarts #greatcombo #STA12

PHOTOS – courtesy of Ralph Cohen

Enjoyed looking through these as I’ve been waiting for my plane to show up here in Denver. I’ll get these posted to the photo page as well!

Photos Courtesy of Mr. Ralph Alan Cohen

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NOTES – GREEN SHOWS

Shakespeare Green Shows

Leaders: Terry and Tess Burgler (Ohio Shakespeare Festival)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 7:30-10pm

Session Summary: Green shows are an entertaining and often cost-efficient facet of performance for Shakespearean theaters. They can prepare audiences for the show, and allow actors more stage time. Ohio Shakespeare has followed close in suit after an example set by Utah Shakespeare. Green shows are becoming more and more popular and evolving constantly.

Notes:

Green Shows at other Theatres

  • Q: (at Richmond) Are they in any way educational or building up to the main stage shows? Grant: Sometimes. The actors mill about and call themselves Lord Moxley’s Men.
  • Green Show Scripts, often parodies (except parodying Shakespeare)
  • Changing themes, motifs, and styles
  • Q: Is the cast different from company? A: Generally 4-6 apprentices from University
  • Picnicking outside and inside the theatre
  • Richmond: ticketed, outdoor event. Green show takes place all over the grounds, with sloping view over the James River. Some go all out with 6-foot tables and catered banquets. Young company will start on the Southwest side and work their way around the grounds. There are risers and folding chairs for the audience, general admission.
  • New York Classical Theatre: No green shows because of time constraints. Does not fit into a 2-2:20 hour frame. Also, doing a pre-show would set the audience outside of the local that we want the audience to experience.
  • San Francisco: No green show, but “family day” which includes a slew of pre-show activity (air broad-sword fight, crafts, etc.) Looking to put Intern Company into educational green show, to incorporate language with interested audience members.
  • Rochester: Hardly any green shows at all. Free Shakespeare in the park, which supports local ESU Shakespeare competition. They invite finalists to come back and do their monologues in front of audiences before the shows in June.
  • UCF Chair, Chris: At Theatre UCF depending on the show we have done pre-show entertainment. Pre-show for Scapan (sp) included 45-min preshow clowning.
  • Shake&Co: Little of everything going on. Dennis: “These days we tend to have 2 or 3 different shows during the course of the week, each one about ten minutes long, similar to a Monty Python sketch, which tend to mock whatever is in Founder’s theatre.” They do a send up on the Folio, vocalizing punctuation and mispronouncing long spellings, etc.
  • Orlando Shakespeare: Pre-show developed for the Theatre for Young Audiences in order to accommodate busses which arrive too early. Usually themed to the show. There is no good location for pre-shows for Shakespeare as of yet.

Utah Shakespeare

  • Has inspired green shows for generations. There show evolved over the years. First used the students.
  • There would be different themes based off of play (English, Irish, Italian night, etc.) Has been a pre-green show feast, high tea with drag queen Elizabeth I.
  • Now it’s really become a show. We like to view it as another production in our program. 2-3 different shows.
  • Green show in accordance with main stage production
  • Actors go out to the audience and bring them into the world of Elizabethan drama
  • Show runs about 40 minutes
  • Generally a through-line for the green shows. For example, the story this year: Band of Romani being chased through the region.
  • Combination of live music with music tracks

Ohio Green Shows

  • On the stage
  • Major portion of audience that comes to every show early.
  • Tend to run 25 minutes, allowing 4-5 minutes for actors in green show to change for main stage show.
  • Sense of strolling minstrels, starting far away and singing, skipping, and jumping all the way down to the stage
  • 2-3 shows all with separate green shows
  • Model for each show into which the plug new material
  • Pre-show for comedy is musical based and includes special skills of actors. Revelry and parody based.
  • Scripted sense of “What shall we have next? A dance! No, let’s do this!” etc.
  • Button each segment with a “huzzah” so people no when to clap
  • Women do a comedic song, then the men a sea shanty
  • Curtain speech thrown in before the show ends
  • End with a solo or duet that is pleasant and draws audience back in (cool down/closure)
  • Pre-show for history or tragedy included revelry, then longer parody (of any show, not usually show being performed). This works so specifically well for the tragedy because it helps to acclimate the audience to Shakespearean language before the show begins.
  • Your ear is tuning before the play begins.
  • Parodied their own production of King Lear
  • Not a problem at all if audiences get loosened up before watching a tragedy or history
  • Tess: “Silly, but silly in the way that we are making fun of what we are about to do in the most loving way possible, and very silly in a very pointed way. We go all out but we’re very specific and we keep it along. There is absolutely no pausing and your going and your laughing at the end.”
  • Green shows prepare audience members to make eye-contact with actors during soliloquies
  • Many different ways to break the ice for audiences, even just a lone musicians
  • Changes the whole way the play starts
  • However, has some sense of purpose for the pre-show, don’t just throw somebody onstage and say “good luck”
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NOTES – Rhetoric and Performance

Rhetoric and Performance

Leader: Ralph Alan Cohen – American Shakespeare Center
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 9:45am-12:00pm
Resources Used: Handout: Forty Figures of Speech
Resources Mentioned: Book: Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan by Tiffany Stern (2007)

Notes:

Part I: Tools for Actors and Teachers

  • Pretending to be a player is a kind of playing (in terms of students acting in the classroom)
  • When students act they don’t view it as “learning Shakespeare” which helps
  • If you can put students in the place of Shakespeare’s actors with cue scripts, you make play, not work, out of the acting
  • If actors use cue scripts, they find Shakespeare has left them many clues on how to play his words
  • [Overview of Blackfriars theatre at ASC] ASC Blackfriars is exactly like the refurbished Blackfriars in London. Includes balcony, door right, door left, audience in “U” shape around stage, discovery space, trap (see book “Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan).
  • Today’s big assumption: Playwrights used cue scripts to give their actors clues to the performance they had in mind and the individual acytor could find all the clues in his cue script.
  • What were the clues actors looked for? 6 tips
  1. The size of your part
  2. Size of Speeches
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Verse signals
  5. Embedded stage directions
  6. Figures of speech
  • “Size matters!”
  • Vocabulary (forms of address: titles, you/thee)
  • ASC actors must note changes in status between you and thee, as Shakespeare’s actors would have noticed them
  • Lingo can direct actor’s behavior (for example, given a witch’s speech from Macbeth, the actor will recognize the lingo as different and weird and act accordingly)
  • Note regular and irregular lines (ex. ToMORrow AND tomorrow AND tomorrow. “And,” the most average word is stressed. Thusly read the lines certainly creeps in a petty pace.)
  • Rhymed Exits: In Macbeth, 18 of 28 scene endings have rhymed couplets which seem like exit lines, but are followed by more rhymes (as with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, perhaps he rhymes once trying to get her to leave, then has to rhyme again to really make her leave. And this repeats until it works. Or doesn’t. You choose.)
  • Embedded stage directions (as in “Let me clutch thee,” followed by actor reaching for dagger)
  • 18 figures of speech, which Ralph requires his actors to know (ex. Erotema, Epanorthosis, Auxesis, Ellipsis, Parenthesis, Antimetabole)

Part II (activity on handout)

  • Tina Packer: The actor should have the knowledge of the figure of speech the character is using, so they know that their character is complex enough to understand it. Why has their character chosen to use it?
  • American Shakespeare Center Shorthand for marking a script: ROADS
    • Repetition (look for this first, underline)
    • Omission (look for this next, circle where they occur)
    • [Addition] (an added word/address, use brackets)
    • Direction (draw an arrow)
    • Substitution (i.e. when you say crown for king ~ ~ above word)
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NOTES – Pre-Conference Wrap Up, Plans for Next Year

Pre-Conference Wrap Up, Plans for Next Year

Leader: Kevin Costa
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 1:15 – 2:30pm

Notes:

  • Is the conference schedule Sun-Wed good? – YES!
    • Sunday night’s topic (Shakespeare with Heart) a little heavy for start of precon
    • Monday schedule was too heavy, Tuesday pace was much better
      • Lessac and Laban class – great but everyone was exhausted
      • highly physical activities and deep conversations are challenging for the night sessions
      • Green Show session could have been at the bar
      • add food and alcohol to p.m. sessions?
    • “I can sleep later…and I can choose what I go to”
      • better to have a full schedule, we’re paying to be here
      • need to ensure people know they have the freedom not to attend everything
        • prize at Blackfriar’s conference for truency
    • keep evenings free? NO!
      • Good to keep it light and casual
      • movie could be great evening activity
  • $50 registration fee – too much or too little? – BARGAIN!
    • Pays for van, clown noses
      • not about what it’s worth but about what we need
      • STA budget should be used to offset some of the costs for a guest artist
    • If price of precon gets too high, will we start competing with main conference?
      • training and educational focus makes it differ from main conference;
        • keep precon more practical, hands on, no institutional focus
        • value in being process oriented, not product
        • difference between training us to be artists and training us to train other people
      • some orgs could send education dir’s to precon and admin staff to main con
        • don’t want to go backwards, there used to be a struggle to get the education involved at all – symbolic split could be problematic
      • many people don’t think of this as a separate preconferece – just first few days of conference
        • rebranding of event
        • “cool conference,” “foreplay”
        • training, practicum, professional development, best practices
      • precon is great for first-timers to get to know people in a more intimate setting
      • good to all be in the same room together rather than segmented
      • any concern that the precon isn’t a good thing? NO!
      • Kevin Costa is the man
    • Could we pay more to make the administration of it easier? Lots of us could get grant money from universities or donors…
    • inexpensive registration is the teaser that gets you into the precon, that’s important
      • institutional vs. first time rate?
      • Add extra if you can pay extra
      • tiered price system based on size of org?
      • Bundle group rates
    • what we’re doing here we’re taking into our next show – advocacy argument
      • “This does nobody any good if we keep it to ourselves”
  • Do we like the idea of a focus/theme that carries over? YES!
    • having one theme we give 3 sessions to is really valuable, allows us to get deep into it
    • good to have a “main course”
    • need to re-contextualize the conference each year to help minimize any angst about “why didn’t we do this?”
    • Any need for precon to follow the theme of main con? Maybe, not necessarily
    • does precon need a MISSION? Maybe a VISION statement to help articulate what we are about: the doing, the playing, the practical “we do, we play, we practice”
      • who is the “we?”
        • who are we serving?
        • non STA members?
          • host interns and staff should be able to attend
          • if you open it to the public it becomes a different event
          • shared vocabulary among STA members, but also great to have people (i.e. administrators) for whom this is all new
          • great way for presenters to practice or test out presentations/classes
        • Size matters, don’t want it to be too large
          • small size = camaraderie
  • What’s the best way to solicit ideas for precon?
    • Ask host company.
    • Do we need a committee?
    • Precon keeps wordpress blog
    • would like to have a place where we all update each other on current education offerings
      • that fits into the regular conference with the nuts and bolts conversations
  • Other topics we could cover
    • webinars?
      • Over the next 5 years, teach each other how to use webinars, wordpress…what else?
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