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Taking Shakespeare from Stage to Class
CHESTERTOWN, MD, August 22, 2013—Dr. Kathryn Moncrief’s latest book, Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, is being published this month by Rowman & Littlefield for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Moncrief co-edited the volume with Dr. Kathryn McPherson, a professor at Utah Valley University, and Sarah Enloe, director of education at the American Shakespeare Center.
Described by the publisher as “eclectic, stimulating, and forward-thinking,” the book draws on essays first presented on the Blackfriars stage at the American Shakespeare Center in 2011. It includes work from scholars, teachers and theatrical practitioners (actors, directors, dramaturgs and designers) and promotes ideas that can be translated into classroom experiences.
The essays in Shakespeare Expressed cover such topics as staging choices, the challenge modern actors face as they embody Shakespeare’s characters, how the physical and technical aspects of theater in the Bard’s day affected performances, and how the play texts can continue to enlighten on the stage and in the classroom today.
In addition to her work as co-editor, Moncrief wrote one of the book’s essays (“Remembrances of Yours: Properties, Performance, and Memory in Shakespeare’s Hamlet 3.1.”) and co-wrote another (“Shakespeare Embodied, Expressed, and Enacted”).
This book is her third with co-author McPherson. It follows Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate 2007) and Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction and Performance (Ashgate 2011).