HIGH POINT, N.C., April 13, 2009 – Dr. Jim Casey, professor of English at High Point University, presented a paper on the performance of magic in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Fla.
Casey examined how common knowledge of original practice (how Shakespeare’s company may have actually performed the work) alters the understanding of the play as a whole. His study reveals unique theatre practices such as universal lighting (there was no dimming of the audience lights, even in the indoor theatres, so that actors and spectators could see one another); the use of cue scripts (actors’ parts on a roll on which his lines and cues were written); and the arrangement of the stage so that gallant stools were placed on stage for wealthy and influential patrons to sit above the discovery space (this alters the focal direction of the play-playing to the sides and behind as well as to the “front” and emphasizes the importance of words over action – a play was heard, not seen).
Casey also served on a pedagogy panel at the conference, entitled “Teaching Fantasy and Science Fiction: Audience, Approaches, and Challenges.”
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