Here is A Play Fitted: Shakespeare's Storytelling Technology

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Nielsen, Timothy, Drama - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Bloom, Thomas, AS-Drama Operations, University of Virginia

There is the common misconception that the Shakespearean stage was an empty stage made up of bare oak timbers on which the actors wore their own clothing as costumes. In actuality, Shakespeare was at the height of a theatrical tradition hundreds of years in development, with elaborate and careful implementation of the cutting edge technology of 1600’s London. For the modern theatrical design team working to tell Shakespeare’s stories, understanding how this technology was originally used may steer them to the successful joining of word and picture for their own production. This paper will serve as a primer to illustrate to the reader the areas in which Shakespeare uses story-telling technology beyond the text.

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
Shakespeare, Technology, Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, Special Effects, Design, Theatre, Elizabethan, Fireworks, Special Effects, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Original Practice, Globe Theatre, Set Design
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