Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions by Alan C. DessenRescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions by Alan C. Dessen

Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern Productions

byAlan C. Dessen

Hardcover | July 15, 2002

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Alan Dessen focuses on the playtexts used for staging Shakespeare's plays, from almost three hundred productions of the last twenty five years. Dessen examines the process of rescripting--when directors make cuts to streamline the playscript, save running time, etc., and rewriting--when more extensive changes are made. He assesses what is lost and gained by rescripting, and the demands of presenting to contemporary audiences words targeted at players, playgoers, and playhouses that no longer exist. The results are of interest to theatrical professionals and historians.
Title:Rescripting Shakespeare: The Text, the Director, and Modern ProductionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:July 15, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521810299

ISBN - 13:9780521810296


Table of Contents

1. 'Let it be hid': price tags, trade-offs, and economies; 2. Rescripting Shakespeare's contemporaries; 3. Adjustments and improvements; 4. Inserting an intermission-interval; 5. What's in an ending? Rescripting final scenes; 6. Rescripting stage directions and actions; 7. Compressing Henry VI; 8. The tamings of the shrews: rescripting the First Folio; 9. The editor as rescripter; 10. Conclusion: What's not here.

Editorial Reviews

"In his current book, which draws so richly on his knowledge of choices made by directors and the opportunities lost or gained thereby, Dessen offers a fascinating history of nearly three decades of Anglo-American Shakespearean production and, in the process, makes a judicious case for not too blithely altering a script in the interest of clarification or contemporary relevance. In its appeal to examine afresh the received texts, Dessen's book couldn't be more timely." Essays in Theatre James C. Bulman, Allegheny College