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This study presents a reconstruction of the performance of the melancholic character in Golden Age theater. It argues that critics have overlooked the way this character type was acted on the original stage. Using Lope’s El Príncipe melancólico [The Melancholic Prince] as a case-study to speculate on the actor’s paralinguistic gestures and movem…[Read more]
Eduardo Paredes Ocampo deposited The Tangible/Intangible Dialectic in La dama duende: A Critical Appreciation of the CNTC’s 2017 Production in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
The CNTC’s 2017 production of La dama duende presented the transition between the two main characters’ rooms in the third jornada using two illuminated windows at the rear wall of the stage. The comparison between this rendition and other modern productions reveals two problems in adaptation: the fidelity with the original and the und…[Read more]
The horror of the situation at the center of the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis has historically prompted a myriad of attempts to reconcile the apparently sadistic demands of God with normal human sensibilities. The tension–both in the story itself and in critical reactions to the story–is inherently dramatic, but the…[Read more]
This article examines The Tempest in light of artists’ renderings of the play in New Orleans, reflecting on anti-Black racism in Shakespeare’s play and in the Deep South.
Jean de la Taille’s ‘The Famine’ (1573), like the author’s slightly earlier ‘Saul in his Madness’ (1572) is a dramatization of events narrated or mentioned in the biblical Books of Samuel, augmented by excerpts from Josephus’ ‘Antiquities’. This English translation of ‘La Famine’ is based principally on the edition prepared by Kathleen M. Hall…[Read more]
David Amelang deposited David J. Amelang, “From Directions to Descriptions: Reading the Theatrical Nebentext in Ben Jonson’s Workes as an Authorial Outlet” (SEDERI 27, 2017), pp. 7–26. in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
This article explores how certain dramatists in early modern England and in Spain, specifically Ben Jonson and Miguel de Cervantes (with much more emphasis on the former), pursued authority over texts by claiming as their own a new realm which had not been available – or, more accurately, as prominently available – to playwrights before: the sta…[Read more]
David Amelang deposited David J. Amelang, “Comparing the Commercial Theaters of Early Modern London and Madrid” (Renaissance Quarterly 71.2, 2018), pp. 610-644 in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
Comparative studies have revealed uncanny similarities between the theatrical cultures of Shakespearean England and Golden Age Spain, and in particular between the Elizabethan amphitheaters and the Spanish corrales de comedia (courtyard playhouses). Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, Spain’s (and, in particular, Madrid’s) courtyard the…[Read more]
David Amelang deposited David J. Amelang, “A Day in the Life: The Performance of Playgoing in Early Modern Madrid and London” (Bulletin of the Comediantes 70.2, 2018), pp. 111-127 in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
Going to the theater was one of the most distinctive-as well as conspicuous-cultural activities to take place regularly in early modern european cities. Precisely because so many people from all walks of life partook of this highly visible pastime, public theaters became spaces wherein social and cultural boundaries between spectators were easily…[Read more]
David Amelang deposited David J. Amelang, “’A Broken Voice’: Iconic Distress in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” (Anglia 137.1, 2019), pp. 33-52 in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
This article explores the change in dynamics between matter and style in Shakespeare’s way of depicting distress on the early modern stage. During his early years as a dramatist, Shakespeare wrote plays filled with violence and death, but language did not lose its composure at the sight of blood and destruction; it kept on marching to the beat o…[Read more]
David Amelang deposited David J. Amelang, “Playing Gender: Toward a Quantitative Comparison of Female Roles in Lope de Vega and Shakespeare” (Bulletin of the Comediantes 71.1-2, 2019), pp. 119-134 in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
One of the major differences between the otherwise very similar commercial theatrical cultures of early modern Spain and England was that, whereas in England female roles were performed by young, cross-dressed boys, in Spain female performers were prominent in their industry. indeed, actresses in Spain played an active role in the creative process…[Read more]
Jean de la Taille’s “Saül le furieux” (1562) has been described as “the most dramatic play produced by the French Renaissance,” and the author’s preface to the play in the printed edition of 1572, “De l’Art de la Tragedie,” as “certainly the best theoretical essay on the theatre written in France before the classical period.” These estimates by…[Read more]
ON MY WAY TO EAST LONDON from a Shakespeare’s Globe perform- ance in August 2017, I noticed an advertisement in one of the Tube stations. Accompanying the billing for the Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition, Matisse in the Studio, was a quotation from Henri: “a good actor can have a part in ten different plays; an object can play a role in ten diffe…[Read more]
La Vie Monseigneur Saint Fiacre, one of two medieval French plays featuring the misogynistic horticulturalist, has come down to us in a mildly puzzling form, as a saint play with an interpolated farce. While the text indicates that the farce was intended to be played as an integral part of the performance, it is in fact quite unrelated to the…[Read more]
André de la Vigne (1470?-1526?) in the manuscript of his “Mystère de Saint Martin,” performed in the town of Seurre in October 1496, also included a “moralité” and a “farce.” Although they are positioned at the conclusion of the “mystère,” these short plays were undoubtedly integral to the larger performance. At the same time they are via…[Read more]
Performance review of “Romeo and Juliet,” Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2018).
Elizabeth E. Tavares deposited The Chariot in ‘II Tamburlaine’, ‘The Wounds of Civil War’, and ‘The Reign of King Edward III’ in the group Early Modern Theater on Humanities Commons 3 years, 2 months ago
This lemma traces the recycling of a chariot prop on the Elizabethan stage.
The anonymous “Le Sacrifice d’Abraham” performed before Francis I in Paris in 1539 has traditionally been treated–if at all–simply as a variant of an earlier play of the same name published as part of the 15th-century “Mistère du Viel Testament.” More recently, it has been suggested that the play anticipates the direction taken by Théodore de B…[Read more]
Théodore de Bèze (1519-1605), French Reformer and Professor at Lausanne and Geneva, wrote his only play, “Abraham sacrifiant,” in 1550. The only readily available English translation, by Arthur Golding, was published in 1577. The translation offered here, based on the text of the original edition reproduced by Donald Stone, Jr. in “Four R…[Read more]
Four lectures, condensed and sanitized, based on those given to undergraduate students embarking for the first time on the serious study of the history of Western theatre. Unembellished by references to student readings or ad hoc example, by elaborations in response to student questions, or by professorial attempts at humour, they make for…[Read more]
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