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Haunting History Onstage: Shakespeare in the USA and Canada (Elements in Shakespeare Performance)

Haunting History Onstage: Shakespeare in the USA and Canada (Elements in Shakespeare Performance)

Current price: $22.00
Publication Date: August 15th, 2019
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN:
9781108714846
Pages:
75
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Description

In 2016, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Stratford Festival of Canada mounted marathons through Shakespearean history to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with Tug of War and Breath of Kings. Both productions invited parallels to contemporary political events in their promotion and design, just as the original performances of these works in the Shakespearean era used past events to comment on present realities. Endurathons for cast and audience alike, Tug of War and Breath of Kings used double-casting, stylized treatments of violence and 'firsts' for each company to sweeten the bitter pill of these historical narratives.