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The Actors Speak

Michele Athos Guidi

Jenni Lea-Jones

Linda Powell

Paul Spera

Francesca Sarah Toich

Michelle Uranowitz

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abstract

The Merchant ‘in’ Venice brought together an international cast of actors. In this chapter six of them recall the experience of workshopping then rehearsing Shakespeare’s play for the site-specific production they brought to the Ghetto in 2016. They think about the pressures of place – speaking these lines in this location – and of history; the challenges of working in several languages and cutting the script to two hours’ running time; the existential trouble of doubling characters who look like opposites; the excitement of inhabiting their roles and reaching their audiences. They reveal the production from the experience of living inside it.

keywords: The Merchant of Venice. Site-specific performance. Performing Shakespeare. Rehearsal. Portia. Shylock. Bassanio. Lancelot Gobbo. Lorenzo. Jessica. Actors on Shakespeare.

Language: en

Published: June 10, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-503-2/004

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