This can be ordered as a full Takes On Shakes workshop, or here as an Add-On.
Takes on Shakes is a bold new video series exploring iconic scenes from Shakespeare. It's designed to help educators with distance learning. The series challenges assumptions about Shakespearean performance and interpretation. Our diverse team of actors, directors, and Teaching Artists bring their personal perspectives to each episode, and empower kids with the idea that there's no "right way" to perform or appreciate Shakespeare.
Each episode offers fresh, often unexpected 'takes' on famous scenes that interrogate complex, thorny, and sometimes controversial topics in Shakespeare’s canon. In between 'takes', actors and directors explain how creative decisions can have profound effects on how audiences perceive and interpret the play. Included with each episode are curriculum materials that provide educators with detailed content relating to the themes and language of the featured play, as well as discussion questions and activities to enhance student engagement.
The first episode, directed by Chris Steele, imagines the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet as we assume it should be played, followed by 'takes' based on gender norms in the 16th, 19th, and 21st centuries.
The second episode, directed by Akaina Ghosh, explores issues of consent and personal agency in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, addressing how directors' and actors' choices can affect how we experience the comedy in the play.
Cost: 1 video lesson- $99
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