- Paperback: 455 pages
- Publisher: Spark Pub Group; First Edition edition (August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1411498720
- ISBN-13: 978-1411498723
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thinking Shakespeare: A How-to Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable With the Bard Paperback – August, 2007
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At the heart of the work is the premise that the words in Shakespeare are, line by line, the characters THINKING -- and that the question we should be asking continually as we read Shakespeare is: "Why is this character using THESE words NOW?" Because with Shakespeare -- and here is the crux of his genius -- with Shakespeare there is always a reason. If you know how to look (or listen) for those hints, it is as if a veil has been lifted and the characters and scenes come to life.
What is most exciting to me is seeing how much hidden direction (or clear opportunities for variations within the direction) is right there in the text if only your eye and ear were trained to spot it. This depth of reading brings a far, far richer reward, enabling you to see the play enacted in your mind as if it were really happening before you, hear the lines afresh with all their vital energy and nuance, and draw in the emotion investing the characters.
It is to raise the play off the page and breathe life back into it, and through that inspiration see the characters come alive in all the depth and color Shakespeare meant for them to carry.Read more ›
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My daughter recommended this book to me and I am reading aloud to my husband, who is blind. We are enjoying the book and haven't finished it yet. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Vicki A. West