|taught by Deloss Brown|
WHAT ELSE? An example of the kind of thing we talk about as far as text goes was my column in the January 9, 2008 issue of Back Stage:
|My essay "Where Is Love's Labor's Lost?" was published in the Journal of the Cerise Press (in Paris!--just like ULYSSES) on July 1, 2009.|
|The second part of the essay, (titled, logically enough, "Where is Love's Labor's Won?") was published in the same journal on July 1, 2010.|
|WHERE: The free classes will be taught at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th, on the 12th floor, room 1200. The regular 7-class course will also be taught at beautiful, air-conditioned Shetler, mostly in room 1201, apparently on July 11 and 13th in room 1210. Shetler posts the room. But again, the schedule is here
There is a curriculum for the class, and I will ask you whether you are willing to commit to the entire cycle. I occasionally have impromptu make-up classes for those who have irregular schedules. But you can't understand most of the rest of the class if you don't know what iambic pentameter is. Want a head start? See the discussion at Blank Verse.
That discussion (Blank Verse) sounds very technical and difficult. To understand Shakespeare is not, not, not difficult, and in recent classes I have found myself repeating "Talk like a human being" as the most useful advice I could give. Shakespeare was an actor and a very successful commercial playwright, and he knew what to put into his plays to make them easy and fun to act, and appealing to audiences, and the audiences of Shakespeare's time were no more or less intellectual than a typical Broadway audience of today. Honestly. This is not meant to deprecate the intellectual capacity of the Broadway audience.
|Sample lesson: HAMLET:|
|I have given up any semblance of organized finances. I want you to commit to the whole cycle, unless I behave objectionably, but you may pay me by the class.|
CLASS SIZE? Class size is limited to 8 people (I hope), so that you can work frequently. In practice, the class size has varied between 1 person and 10 people, but the 10-person class got sorted out and reduced to a manageable size.
|Sample lesson: LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST:|
|WHEN? The next cycles will each have 7 evening sessions that will run on Tuesday evenings beginning Jul 11th or July 13thfrom 7:00PM to 10:00PM. Full schedule here. We will use All's Well That Ends Well to study the verse on Tuesdays, and Othello on Thursdays.
There may well be mistakes and typos on this page, which I have been trying to get right since 1994. If there's anything on here that's not clear, please call or write me:
Sample lesson: AS YOU LIKE IT:
Who really wrote those plays?
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The first part of each class (about one and a half hours) is spent studying verse basics so that you will have the knowledge and confidence (and the practice) to handle any kind of Shakespeare challenge. Some of the topics covered are scansion, feminine endings, inverted stresses (trochees), long lines, short lines, lists and antitheses. Don't they sound boring? But they all lead to skills that will help you bring the character to life. If they don't, what good are they to you as an actor?
In the second hour and a half, actors work on scenes and monologues which can be from any Shakespeare play. In fact they can be by any writer at all, so you can use the class to prepare any audition. You should finish the cycle with at least one polished Shakespeare monologue.
In any cycle we always study the verse using one play--Richard III or Love's Labor's Lost for this cycle--because Shakespeare used a different verse style for each play, matching the verse to the content. So we'll also have to discuss the content, and such things as character, intention, subtext, even (horrors!) meaning.
You may (I hope!) wind up with a better knowledge of what the plays are about, which won't hurt you. But mostly this class is meant to teach you how to prepare a Shakespearean audition, and how to prepare the part when you get cast. Most competent teachers are concerned that their students shall be commercial successes, and I hope I am competent.
If you would like more information, please call me at (212) 865-1127. If you leave your phone number, I'll be glad to call you back, and you can ask me any questions you have (e.g., does the instructor have horns and a tail?--because obviously that picture has been retouched). You can also E-mail me; see below. When you come to class, please do not pull my tail.
I also coach privately, not just Shakespeare, any monologue. For more information about any of the above see rates, or please call (212) 865-1127 or
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest.
"If you think I come hither as a lion, it were pity of my life! No, I am no such thing; I am a man as other men are"--and there indeed let him name his name, and tell them plainly he is Snug the joiner. --Will Shakespeare, playwright