Tue. 6/5 – Shakespeare Performance, Day 2

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read through a Shakespeare dramatic selection to get a sense of the work to be done to perform a scene with your own acting company.

Open your packets to Page 3, “A Comedy of Errors, Act I Scene 2”

Backstory:

  • Antipholus is nobleman from Syracuse and has a servant named Dromio.

BUT

  • Antipholus has a long lost twin brother by the same name who is from Ephesus, and a servant, named Dromio, who is a long lost twin of the twin’s servant.
  • Both sets of twins–the noblemen and their servants–were born on the same day, the noblemen’s father having bought the servant twins for his sons from a poor woman.
  • Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio of Syracuse visit the city of Ephesus in search of their long-lost twins.
  • Soon after arriving, Antipholus of Syracuse sends Dromio of Syracuse to pay for a hotel.  Almost immediately he runs into Dromio of Ephesus, wondering why he is back so soon.

Other Scene Choices:

Macbeth Act 2 Scene 3: After Macbeth murders the king, who stayed over on a visit to his home, another nobleman comes to visit the king, and finds him dead.

Iago’s Soliloquy from Othello: Iago is the head advisor to a powerful general named Othello.  After Cassio, a young military leader under Othello embarrasses himself and loses his position, Iago encourages him to speak to Othello’s beautiful and kind wife, Desdemona, to win back the general’s favor.  Iago sees this as a chance to hatch a plot to make Othello suspect his wife of taking a romantic interest in Cassio, destroy their marriage and take them all down.

Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1:  Guards on a night watch see a ghost.  They are superstitious and wonder what it might foreshadow.