‘May I be metamorphosed’: <i>Cardenio</i> by Stages

Terri Bourus

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
‘May I be metamorphosed’: Cardenio by Stages

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This chapter traces how Taylor’s ‘creative reconstruction’ of The History of Cardenio has been tested and developed in performance, from the first publicly performed reading at New York’s Public Theatre in 1994 and others that followed, to the first full production in New Zealand in May 2009. That production, including the rehearsal process and the associated academic colloquium on which this book is based, provided Taylor with the most substantive ideas yet about where the script might best be strengthened, and has led to further revisions, including explorations of race and of bisexuality in Cervantes, Fletcher, and Shakespeare. Each of these versions, and all the directors and actors, have influenced Taylor’s quest to discover something of what the Shakespeare‐Fletcher play might have been like in performance — indeed, in a larger sense, how an idea becomes a script and a script becomes a performance.

Keywords: Cardenio; Shakespeare; Fletcher; Cervantes; Theobald; Gary Taylor; scriptwriting; directors; adaptation; acting/actors

Chapter.  8725 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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