2007 Shakespeare Festival Dramaturgy Notes
Dramaturg Scott Horstein relates the three Festival Plays to three tenses: Past, Present and Future. Hamlet – “a nostalgic, yet ruthless farewell to the past”; Measure for Measure – “change in the present tense as a new way of life”; and Two Gentlemen of Verona – “ the future through the eyes of those who will inherit it.”
In an interview with Dramaturg Scott Horstein, Darko Tresnjak, Festival Artistic Director and Director of Hamlet, speaks of Hamlet’s struggle, as a young man “not cut out for the role of Revenger,” who, over the course of the play, transforms himself into one.
What’s So Funny About Growing UP?
Dramaturg Scott Horstein discusses the play, possibly Shakespeare’s first comedy, as his attempt “to create a world where love is powerful, unpredictable, and can permanently transform young people until they no longer recognize themselves” and “wildly reject the world they are meant to inherit.”
The Wild Vienna of Measure for Measure.
Scott Horstein compares Shakespeare’s Vienna to fin de siecle (late 19th Century) Vienna, which is the setting for the Festival Production, and “a great city torn by unconscious desires,” a city “seething with passions and contradictions.”
by Dramaturgy Associate Diane Sinor. Colleagues and Friends
Two Old Globe Associate Artists, Costume Designer Robert Morgan and Scenic Designer Ralph Funicello have between them designed over 75 productions for the Globe. Collaboration is a key component of theatre, and the paths of creative artists such as these often cross, forming bonds of artistry and friendship. Ralph and Bob began their careers together in a production at ACT in San Francisco, in 1972. Their work and lives have intersected often over the years, as they developed a working relationship that goes beyond words.