Scenes from Shakespeare: fifteen cuttings for the classroom

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Meriwether Pub., Mar 1, 1993 - Drama - 135 pages
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Many instructors teach Shakespeare by studying only one of his many plays, owing to time constraints. Now students are able to easily study a variety of his works and come to a more complete understanding of the world's most famous playwright. Only scenes with small casts, between two and seven characters, are included. Each scene is preceded by character descriptions and plot synopsis so that actors will understand the setting and motivation of the characters. All scenes are between 15 and 25 minutes in length. Ideal for classroom performance or for contests, auditions, or acting workshops. The collection features scenes from Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Jullus Caesar, Othello, and Hamlet. Ideal for the class that only has a three-to-four-week period to study Shakespeare. Contents: Introduction: Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene I; Romeo and Juliet Act III, Scene 1; Romeo and Juliet Act IV, Scene 3; The Merchant of Venice Act I, Scene 3; The Merchant of Venice Act III, Scene 3; Julius Caesar Act II, Scene 2; Julius Caesar Act III, Scene 2; Othelio, Act III, Scene 3; Othello, Act III, Scene 4; Hamlet, Act I, Scene I: Hamlet, Act I, Scene 2; Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5; Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1; Hamlet, Act III, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 4; Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 7.

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Romeo and Juliet Act V Scene 3
The Merchant of Venice Act I Scene 2 27
Hamlet Act I Scene 1

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at King's College and the Graduate School of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare's plays and was Associate Editor of the annual Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England from 1980 to 1989.

Wilson is Head of Exhibitions and Displays at the National Gallery, London.

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