You are in charge of the Actors from the London Stage tour of The Spanish Tragedy. You first need to pick five characters from the following list to stage and tour the play.
We’re given a list of characters from plays we’ve read leading up to this: Doctor Faustus, The Jew Of Malta, Twelfth Night, The Changeling, and Volpone. We take five characters from any of these plays and assign to them multiple roles from The Spanish Tragedy. There are some 35 disparate roles in this play and five actors must play all of them. We saw a staging of Twelfth Night earlier in the year that was staged and performed by five actors constantly switching hats (no, literally hats) and assuming multiple characters. It was cool as shit. This is basically That Thing We Did In Class 2.0.
You are to keep a “journal” of the entire directing process including: choosing what parts to cut or emphasize, how you will cast the play, any issues related to casting/fitting characters to actors, any issues related to rehearsal, any problems leading up to the beginning of the tour, and anything else you might think of along the way. You will need a contemporary sensibility in your staging in order to provide for your audiences what they want. You should also take time to show how the characters are interacting with one another, as well as how they’re doing with their new dramatic roles.
Okay so I have to imagine five fictional characters playing the part of multiple other fictional characters, weighing into consideration their individual personalities as character-persons as well as how their personages would contribute to their portrayal of multiple other fictional characters.
My assignment is to imagine and accurately chronicle five fictional characters portraying 35 fictional characters over the span of a four month international college stage tour.
I see people grouse about fandoms and headcanons and ooze over what-ifs and wouldn’t-it-be-cools yeah haha I have transcended into an entirely different plane of meta-existence where I can subsist on a strict diet of dense fog and dog pictures for 500 years, get on my level lolll