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Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time

Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

A reader on the mind-body problem?

I'm working on a creative project about somebody who gets his brain removed and put in a vat. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Mar 15, 2013 - 27 answers

No one came to the audition. What to do?

My friend is trying to stage his own play at a fringe festival. But when he held auditions, hardly anyone came. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for nuclear protest play...

Help me find this anti-nuclear protest play I saw online at some point in the last two years. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 25, 2012 - 3 answers

What Shakespeare play best fits an unofficial wander-around-town performance?

If you were doing an outdoor guerrilla community Shakespeare play, where each scene was performed in a different public place, which one would you choose? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on May 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Who are the best playwrights of the last fifteen years or so?

What are the best plays written in the last fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by prior on Mar 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Can't we just paint a pigeon blue?

I'm directing a high school play and need to make a bluebird fly away on stage, but using a real bird is out of the question. How can I create this effect? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Dec 9, 2010 - 17 answers

I need to recreate Rocky, in a theatrical setting. Really.

I'm planning a theatrical event in the DC area that will require specialized boxing props, along with maybe some trophies/plaques, all by Tuesday or so. Help? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

How to deal with someone unhinged who has threatened our reputation?

Need some advice on dealing with a mentally ill person over whom I have no control. Several months ago, I along with other people that I know, agreed to help someone put on a show. We run our own community theater company, and we have a lot of contacts – volunteers of all stripes, a couple of professional people, etc. Without detailing everything to the point of giving myself away, there were points along the way where we really thought we should quit, but this person was a friend, and we thought it would work itself out. Long story short, it has not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Taking high schoolers to Broadway?

How can I bring my low-income high school students to an off-Broadway show? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Oct 19, 2009 - 14 answers

ISO: Cake Pan in shape of Comedy/Drama Masks

I'm looking for a cake pan/mold in the shape of the traditional theater comedy/drama masks. [more inside]
posted by He Is Only The Imposter on Oct 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Videos of plays?

Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
posted by prior on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Documentary theater tips?

HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Drama, drama everywhere...but not a play in sight?

Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for trial scenes...

Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jun 10, 2008 - 24 answers

Unperformable plays?

What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 25, 2007 - 24 answers

Good high school plays?

What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Aug 4, 2007 - 41 answers

Is there a specific term for the rotating sets used in some theaters?

I'm thinking of a rotating platform in the floor of the stage. The platform has many partitions to make rooms, with a different set in each room. When the setting of the play changes, the platform is rotated to reveal a different set. While the actors are using one setting during the play, the partitions facing backstage are re-arranged and prepared before they are used. Is there a term for this, or is it just referred to generically?
posted by Niomi on Dec 30, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find text of a monologue from 'Angels in America.

I'm looking for the text of a monologue from 'Angels in America.' [more inside] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 17, 2003 - 11 answers

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