Play vs. Production ROMEO AND JULIET THE PLAY http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4q-JPLnA8Mc/T50-Erkh-lI/AAAAAAAAAIw/ sfT1GqptkmE/s1600/oxford-romeo.jpg William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is a play, published in 1597, that has been performed thousands of times around the world since its first production. The play, like any play (Shakespeare or otherwise), exists only as words on a page until those words are brought to life onstage, which is obviously the playwrights purpose.
How are these classic plays made interesting or new? In production! Romeo and Juliet The Production The Director of a theatrical production (or film) is responsible for the creative direction of the play. The Director makes decisions for how to best approach the play and bring it to life. These decisions include: Casting Time Period/Setting Costumes/Wardrobe Set Design/Lighting Creative Approach to the text http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sq9tANDtqoI/UaX1iNeaK8I/ AAAAAAAAM48/xhv-lPnareI/s1600/RomeoJuliet2013.jpg PERIOD SPECIFIC(?)
Most people visualize Shakespeares plays with swords, doublets, big dresses, and cod pieces. This is referred to as being period specific. Due to Shakespeares language being synonymous with the Elizabethan Period, people feel that the rest of the production needs to be as well. While this can still be done very effectively; limiting your appreciation of Shakespeare to this is a dangerous (and boring!) way to approach Shakespeares work in production. http://brightestyoungthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/01h_romeo_juliet.jpg WHY IS SHAKESPEARE STILL RELEVANT?
http://www.articlesweb.org/blog/wp-content/gallery/a-theatre-for-shakespeare-dramas/a-theatre-forshakespeare-dramas-3.jpg Shakespeares plays have survived, and are still performed and studied in High Schools around the world, because the themes and ideas explored within them are timeless. Romeo and Juliet alone explores numerous themes, including the impulsiveness of love, inevitability of fate, dangers of pride and rivalry, and adolescent rebellion, which everyone can relate to in some way. Shakespeares work and ideas are not limited to just the Elizabethan Era, so why should it be when it is performed?
INTERESTING APPROACHES TO SHAKESPEARE Stratford Festivals 2014 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream was set in a Stratford backyard and was framed around a same-sex marriage, and included cross gender casting of Lysander and Titania. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T3e20aT55lg/U4ubTCmMvZI/ AAAAAAAAUDA/3-GHMiLqQz0/ s1600/033_Midsummer+Nights+Dream_On+The+Run_MC.jpg http://www.montrealgazette.com/cms/binary/10021995.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nsAXx1tAbWQ/U5YcI2xUXUI/AAAAAAAABs0/ PZWXKqomJA8/s1600/Midsummer+Nights+Dream+-+2014+089.jpg CREATIVE APPROACHES TO ROMEO AND JULIET Most productions of Romeo and Juliet seem to centre around and attempt to enhance one key plot point: the CONFLICT!
What would cause these two households to have such an ancient grudge? Why would they not want their children together? Consider some of these options: Race Gender Historical Cultural Differences Corporations (Baz Luhrmann) Other approaches focus on symbolism, themes and motifs, or specific lines of dialogue that shape the entire production. http://newimages.bwwstatic.com/upload10/659567/MM45756.jpg MODERNIZING SHAKESPEARE http://aidyreviews.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/RJ_02867.jpg
http://fashiongrunge.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/l_117509_b58e6e03.jpeg PERIOD SPECIFIC VS. MODERN SHAKESPEARE Period Specific Elements Modern Elements Costumes Doublets, dresses, etc. Setting Modern clothes (casual or formal) Elegant, classical, bare stage Weapons
Transportation Language Shakespeares Text Weapons Guns, knives, found weapons Horses, carriages Setting Gritty, interesting locations Swords/rapiers, bucklers, daggers Costumes Transportation Cars, motorcycles, bicycles
Language Shakespeares Text!! MODERN PRODUCTION MODERN LANGUAGE? http://d11ww39v4tlqxd.cloudfront.net/productions/romeo-and-julietshakespeares-globe/Gallery/romeo-and-juliet-1-gallery-prodheadbg.jpg Students struggle with the concept of a modern design and approach to Shakespeare with the classical language. Keep an open mind! Whats the issue with modernizing Shakespeare? Its no longer Shakespeare! You cant call Romeo and Juliet Romeo and
Juliet if Romeo says Whoa, check her out! I like what I see! instead of Did my heart love til now? forswear it, sight! / For I neer saw true beauty till this night (I.v.51-52). That is an adaptation, not a production! We have been looking at various adaptations of the play throughout this Unit; consider some of the decisions that you have seen. VARIOUS PRODUCTIONS OF ROMEO AND JULIET For example, consider the effectiveness of Luhrmanns modern and highly-stylized production as we viewed Act One. Recall how the characters were portrayed, design choices that were made (costumes and sets), the approach to the central conflict, the delivery of the Prologue, changes to
characters/the script, effectiveness of casting, and anything else you notice! We have also compared the wedding scene with the 1968 and 2013 productions. How were the characters portrayed, what design choices were selected, what lines were omitted in the film when compared with the play? What else have you noticed? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b4/ William_shakespeares_romeo_and_juliet_movie_poster.jpg
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