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Shakespeare

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to
you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it,
as many of your players do, I had as lief the
town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air
too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently;
for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say,
the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget
a temperance that may give it smoothness...

...Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion
be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the
word to the action; with this special o'erstep not
the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is
from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the
first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the
mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature,
scorn her own image, and the very age and body of
the time his form and pressure..."

Hamlet - Hamlet, William Shakespeare

In this class, we study Shakespeare's verse, learning the rules of verse scansion and understanding the human heartbeat of iambic pentameter.   We study the plays for clarity and find the musical laws that apply to the laws of verse and speaking. 

A new kind of 'action' is explored:  the action of speech, acting dramatic or comic poetry. 

  • Text:  Building a Character
  • Scene Work:  Two person scenes from Shakespeare
  • Exercises:  Scansion, Diction, Voice and Movement.

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