Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome author and historian Valerie Pye for a discussion and signing of her new book, Unearthing Shakespeare: Embodied Performance and the Globe. The Wednesday, May 17th, 5:00pm event is free and open to the public.
Unearthing Shakespeare is the first book to consider what the Globe, today’s replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, can contribute to a practical understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Valerie Clayman Pye reconsiders the material evidence of Early Modern theatre-making, presenting clear, accessible discussions of historical theatre practice; stages and staging; and the relationship between actor and audience. She relays this into a series of training exercises for actors at all levels. From "Shakesball" and "Telescoping" to Elliptical Energy Training and The Radiating Box, this is a rich set of resources for anyone looking to tackle Shakespeare with authenticity and confidence.
Valerie Clayman Pye is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at LIU Post. She holds a PhD in Performance Practice, Drama and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, where she worked with Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She writes on the intersection between text and performance and about the dynamics of performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her article, “Shakespeare’s Globe: theatre architecture and the performance of authenticity” was recently named one of the most-read articles in the journal Shakespeare in the last three years (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450918.2014.938688). She also holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. Valerie is a professional actor and director whose work has reached audiences in over twenty countries. As a voice and speech coach, Valerie has worked in theatre, film, and television coaching Academy, BAFTA, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award nominees.
The Drama Book Shop, a 2011 Tony Award honoree for Excellence in Theatre, is located at 250 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.