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notice about the focused workshop

Posted by acteonputation on 2006.10.14 at 10:34
From Richard -- unedited.. (my notes are at the bottom):
Our first FocusedWorkshop of the fall-winter season starts on Monday! It will be our very basic, and very popular, workshop on understanding, scanning, and using Shakespeare’s rhythm: “Ha! Ha! Keep Time!: Understanding Rhythm and Stress In Shakespeare’s Verse”.

This FocusedWorkshop is perhaps the most fundamental one of all. The great Russian author and Shakespeare translator Boris Pasternak once wrote that, “Rhythm is the basis of Shakespeare’s texts.” Shakespeare used verse for about 70% of the lines in his plays. The rhythm of his verse can be likened to the current of a river. It is what moves and carries along all else in his plays

This brief workshop will teach us to recognize, “scan,”, and evaluate the changes in rhythm – to allow Shakespeare to “direct” our reading and acting through understanding how he used and varied the beautiful rhythms of his verse to express character and emotion.

As with other Focused Workshops, there will be four seminar-style meetings. They will take place on four successive Monday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., October 16-November 6, with a brief “summary performance” on Friday, November 10.

IMPORTANT NOTE: OUR FOCUSED WORKSHOPS ARE USUALLY LIMITED TO ABOUT SIX PARTICIPANTS. SOME HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THIS ONE. IF IT OVERFILLS, WE MAY CONSIDER ADDING A SECOND SESSION ON ANOTHER EVENING – BUT WE WILL NEED TO KNOW THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO, PLEASE REGISTER – OR AT LEAST LET US KNOW YOUR FIRM INTENTION OF DOING SO – RIGHT AWAY!

To answer a few questions we are often asked about the Focused Workshops:

1. Yes, adults as well as young Players are welcome to take part in these sessions.
2. In most cases, Focused Workshops are for veterans of at least one YSP or Shakespeare Circle production.
3. We will proceed with any scheduled FocusedWorkshop as long as we receive two or more registrations.
4. Yes, you are welcome to re-take a FocusedWorkshop that you have already taken – so long as you feel you can get more from it. (Shakespeare’s challenges are limitless, after all!)

[SPECIAL NOTE: The next two Focused Workshops will be 1) “Guards and Gardeners, Attendants and Apothecaries: Acting the Bit Parts in Shakespeare” (November 13-December 18); and “The Cave Where Echo Lies: Understanding Shakespeare’s Uses of Repetition” (over the holidays, exact dates to be announced).

Hope to see you soon in our Focused Workshops!!

Richard

P.S. Look for an email announcement tomorrow about the Fall Shaw play.

Note: During YSP rehearsals, the veterans often speak of 'scanning' lines, of feminine endings, shared lines.. we often feel we are at our best when we discover some new rhythmic abnormality. It's not hard. Join us! It will change your view of shakespeare, poetry, and the written word.

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