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An Actor Prepares: Three Hundred Years Before Stanislavski



Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre
Friday, September 6, 2024
10:30 a.m. to noon
In this reading of his essay, veteran director and writer, Guy Sprung, suggests a unique presentation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, envisioning it as a London double-decker tourist bus. The top level of the bus visually unfolds the revenge tragedy of Hamlet, while on the lower level, cleverly concealed in typical Elizabethan cryptic fashion, lies a guidebook delving into the intricacies of acting. When juxtaposed with the principles of Konstantin Stanislavski, the acting advice embedded in Hamlet reveals an unexpectedly sophisticated and contemporary nature. Following this innovative presentation, veteran actor David Ferry moderates a discussion featuring award-winning actor Amaka Umeh, director Peter Pasyk and Professor MJ Kidnie from Western University.

Support for The Meighen Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

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