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Playing Shakespeare’s Rebels and Tyrants


Edited By Louis Fantasia

Playing Shakespeare’s Rebels and Tyrants is the fourth volume in the Peter Lang series, Playing Shakespeare’s Characters. As in the previous volumes, a broad range of contributors (actors, directors, scholars, educators, etc.) analyze the concepts of rebellion, tyranny, leadership, empathy with not only references to Elizabethan and Jacobean studies, but also to Donald Trump, the social justice movement, and the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Shakespeare's rebels occupy space in both the personal and political, and often quickly turn from rebel to tyrant once in power. How can Shakespeare's text inform current conversations about race, equity, representation, rebellion and tyranny? Who gets to define the power dynamics in Shakespeare’s plays? This volume looks at the Henrys, Hotspurs, Richards, Lears, Brutuses and Caesars, as well as the Juliets, Rosalinds and Cordelias who make up the panoply of Shakespeares rebels and tyrants.

Louis Fantasia: Introduct ion: “’Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.” – Mira Furlan: A Letter to My Co- Citizens – Rebecca Lemon: Here or There: Staging Tyranny in Richard III – Mary Samuelson: Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and American Political Theater in the 1930s: The Case for Intermediality – Baron Kelly: Earle Hyman: The Silent Prophet of Protest – Ann M. Shanahan: “A visor for a visor”: Two Approaches to Staging Romeo and Juliet in a Divided Country – Olivia Buntaine: The Story of Cressida’s Body: The Rebellion of Survivorship in Troilus and Cressida (and Our Responsibility in Storytelling – Charles Duff: “In Boy, go first. You houseless povertie …” Social Justice and Transformation in King Lear – Suraya Keating & Lesley Schisgall Currier: Shakespeare in Blue: The Evolution of Marin Shakespeare Shakespeare in Prison Program – Joyce Halsey: “I know you what you are”: A Quiet Rebellion.