Shakespeare Acting Workshop
‘Shakespeare’s One-On-One: Great Two-Person Scenes’
Starting session: Saturday, February 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time
Regular rehearsals start Saturday, March 6: Saturdays and Sundays—all 1:00-4:00 p.m. Central Time
Performances (online — and in-person, if safety permits): Late April (ending May 2)
A new Acting Workshop of Shakespeare’s dominantly two-character scenes starts soon! We will conduct it both online (on Zoom), and, later, in-person if safety permits … so, wherever you are, you can take part with us, safely!
Some of Shakespeare’s very greatest writing came when he placed just two characters together. Just think of:
Macbeth — Lady Macbeth
King Lear — Cordelia
Viola — Olivia
Romeo — Juliet
Autolycus — Young Shepherd (Clown)
Hamlet — Ophelia
Falstaff — Prince Hal
Brutus — Cassius
Othello — Iago
Angelo — Isabella
Our YSP Spring Workshop concentrates on Shakespeare’s great scenes that were dominated by just two characters — some scenes light and comic, some deadly serious. The two-character format in each scene simplifies staging and blocking problems, and allows us to concentrate on the understanding, speaking, and acting in an exceptionally focused way.
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1. During each rehearsal, we will divide our actors and directors into three groups at the YSP Playhouse — the upstairs stage, the downstairs stage, and the outside yard (or, if it is raining, the inside ramp area).
2. At no time will there be more than 10 people in any area.
3. To preserve “social distancing,” we will specially mark seats (and enforce the markings) so that actors will not sit next to one another at rehearsals — and in fact will remain at least six feet apart.
4. Every actor and director will wear a face mask throughout each rehearsal.
5. We will temporarily modify blocking so that characters who are normally close together during a scene will be kept further apart during rehearsals.
6. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the theater, and we’ll insist on its use.
7. We will ask each actor to go, one at a time, to wash his/her/their hands several times during each rehearsal.
8. We will do certain special rehearsals, with individual characters or scenes, online on Zoom, for those actors who can do so. This will further reduce overall exposure.
9. We will sanitize all of YSP’s doorknobs, bathrooms, kitchen area, etc. daily, after each rehearsal.
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