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Do Shakespeare’s Tragedies Still Work?

Synopsis
A panel discussion, moderated by Bill Buford, on Shakespeare’s tragedies and their continuing relevance. Director Matthew Warchus discusses his modern-dress production of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and actress Tina Packer talks about her involvement in ‘The Lear’ project, a cross-gender version of King Lear which casts Olympia Dukakis as Lear and Packer as the Fool. The panelists, who also include Anthony Lane and Simon Schama (writers for The New Yorker) all speak about the ‘messiness’ of the tragedies and the fine line between comedy and tragedy. They debate the issue of the over familiarity of certain texts, the comparative approaches to Shakespeare by American and British actors and the relevance of the tragedies to modern audiences. A Q&A session with the audience follows.
Series
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
28 May 1998
Duration
77 mins

Credits

Producer
Mary Sharp Cronson
Contributor
Anthony Lane; Bill Buford; Matthew Warchus; Simon Schama; Tina Packer

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet; King Lear; Macbeth; Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); tragedy; Gender-blind casting

Production Company

Name

StreamingCulture

Notes
Part of the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

Archive

Name

Dance Collection, Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Email
dance@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/dan/dan.html External site opens in new window
Phone
212 870 1657
Fax
212 870 1869
Address
New York Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York
NY 10023 7498

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