In Shakespeare in Three Dimensions, Robert Blacker asks us to set aside what we think we know about Shakespeare and rediscover his plays on the page, and as Shakespeare intended, in the rehearsal room and in performance. That process includes stripping away false traditions that have obscured his observations about people and social institutions that are still vital to our lives today. This book explores the verities of power and love in Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, as an example of how to mine the extraordinary detail in all of Shakespeare’s plays, using the knowledge of both theatre practitioners and scholars to excavate and restore them.
Table of Contents
Foreword – Des McAnuff
Part One: Romeo and Juliet: What’s in a Word?
1. The Boys
2. Folios and Quartos
3. Juliet and Romeo
4. The Aural Word: Verse and Prose
5. Mercutio’s Use of Rhetoric
6. Three Households
Part Two: Macbeth: Beyond the Dialogue
7. Dramatic Structure
8. English History in the Scottish Play
9. Mr. & Mrs. Macbeth
10. Remember the Porter
11. The Public Story
12. The Shakespeare Industry
13. The Face of Shakespeare
Coda: Does Shakespeare Need a Facelift?
Robert Blacker was the first dramaturg at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City, and Des McAnuff’s associate artistic director and dramaturg at the Tony-award-winning La Jolla Playhouse for twelve seasons, where he worked on The Who’s Tommy and Steppenwolf’s Grapes of Wrath. Over fifty projects from Blacker’s eight years as artistic director of the Sundance Theatre Labs went on to production, including I Am My Own Wife and The Laramie Project. He worked on 20 productions of Shakespeare at these theatres and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, where he was insitutional dramaturg for five seasons. He has taught Shakespeare studies in graduate theatre programs at Columbia, Iowa, UCSD, and the Yale School of Drama, where he was interim chair of playwriting. His interview is the first of eighty-five articles in The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (2015). He is a graduate of Cornell University.