Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Collection
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Collection
Adapted by Cass Foster.
The introduction to SHAKESPEARE is not an easy task. Sometimes the magic can use a little assistance! To make the works of Shakespeare accessible to all ages and levels of education, Cass Foster combines his experience as a professor emeritus of theatre, fight choreographer, and stage director to provide the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series. Foster’s renditions of the timeless tales are not adaptations or modernizations, but rather judiciously condensed versions of the Bard's classics. Titles sold individually or as a set.
Suitable for students 6th Grade and up.
Paperback, perfect-bound. Each script is approximately 70 pages.
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Titles in the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series include:
- Macbeth (ISBN: 978-1-877749-41-4 )
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (ISBN: 978-1-877749-37-7)
- Twelfth Night (ISBN: 978-1-877749-39-1)
- Romeo and Juliet (ISBN: 978-1-877749-38-4)
- The Tempest (ISBN: 978-1-58985-236-5)
- Taming of the Shrew (ISBN: 978-1-58985-220-4)
- Much Ado About Nothing (ISBN: 978-1-877749-42-1)
- Hamlet (ISBN: 978-1-877749-40-7)
“The perfect compromise for readers wishing to enjoy the brilliance of a true master...”
— Marcia Berneger, The Muse Book Reviews
“Rather than retell, the series preserves the original play format and the Bard's language, while providing excellent footnotes to archaic words. It's a smart stepping stone to the real thing.”
— NEA Today
“An ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions. . . the abridged versions offer the excitement of the Shakespeare tales, as well as the wonderful imagery in the prose and verse.”
— Trevor Cairney, Literacy, families and learning
“...chock-full of practical advice and production support. Providing young people with a positive Shakespeare experience will set the stage for a lifetime appreciation of the classics. It is the best gift we can give kids in an age of sound bytes!”
— Marla Truini, Director of Drama/Outreach,
Book Bit by Doc Kirby for WTBF-AM/FM in Troy, Ala. For December 22, 2017
I have just discovered a truly remarkable series from FiveStar Publications: “Sixty-Minute Shakespeare”! I looked at four titles from the series by Cass Foster: The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew.
The Tempest is the newest release, considered the last play written by the Bard (in 1611). Romeo and Juliet is possibly his most famous work (West Side Story without dancers and singers). Taming of the Shrew is a very clever comedy. Much Ado About Nothing was a popular farce.
So why edit the works of the greatest playwright in the English language?
First, these are condensations, not modernizations or adaptations.
Second, not everyone has the wherewithal to produce a full-length Shakespeare play. You might lack the depth of actors, the experience as a director, or the crowd willing to attend. If you are a theater teacher in middle or high school, these could easily describe your situation.
If you are a college drama professor, you might want to give students in a directing class a chance to dip their toes into the shallow water (attempt Shakespeare a little at a time, rather than take on a full-length play.) Or you might want to develop an audience appreciation for Shakespeare, and these carefully-edited versions offer much of the most critical scenes and characters in a shorter production.
Each of these four plays show off different strong plotlines and characters. The Tempest is “a story about family, treachery, and love, revolving around a father’s magical manipulation” that control the love life of his daughter and the political fates of his rivals. Romeo and Juliet is the quintessential young love story. Much Ado About Nothing is a tale of politics, face, mistaken identity and religious persecution. Taming of the Shrew is about adult male-female relationships.
Author and Professor Emeritus of Theater Cass Foster is a lifelong master of Shakespearean theater. As a nationally-known stage-fight choreographer, he devotes himself to making Shakespeare more approachable to students and theater companies through this series.
He has condensed the plays from their 3-hour usual running length to just one hour. That also allow educators to do TWO in one evening!
Check the website www.GetShakespeare.com.
The production rights to the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series are held by Dramatic Publishing. You will need to contact them for permission to produce the play:
311 Washington Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
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