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Directing Shakespeare Video Podcast, Ep. 1

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:37:49 +0000

In this video-podcast series, I explain how, as a director, I work on a Shakespeare play before meeting with the actors. After making sure I understand what the words mean, I scan the verse lines to learn what Shakespeare is doing metrically. Then, after analyzing the text in a few other ways, I look at [...]

Colonialists, Magicians, Christians and Fathers

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:10:58 +0000

As part of my pre-production prep, I listened to a lecture about “The Tempest” last night. It was from this TTC course: (which is on sale!) The lecturer suggested four ways of looking at the play: 1. As a story about Colonialism. This has become the most common way of reading and producing the [...]

Against Redundancy

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:42:38 +0000

An Obvious Example “Once upon a time, there lived a young princess who had a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, there lived a young princess who had a wicked stepmother. The princess cried herself to sleep each night.” I need to cut one of those “once upon a time” sentences, don’t you agree? Unless [...]


Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:54:59 +0000

I miss designers. I love collaborating with them, but for the past few years, I’ve directed exclusively for a theatre company that performs on a bare stage without sets, props or lighting changes; costumes are street clothes, and there are no costume changes. Paradoxically, this approach has suggested to me new and better ways of [...]

Tell the Story

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 02:05:11 +0000

A young friend asked me how to write original metaphors. He quoted Orwell’s advice: “Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” I’m a huge Orwell fan, and I generally agree with his ideas about writing. Certainly, I admire his push against hackneyed expressions. But [...]

Hi. I’m Marcus.

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 01:36:38 +0000

Nice to meet you. I’m Marcus Geduld, the Artistic Director of Folding Chair. Actress Lisa Blankenship and I founded the company in 2001 and together we produced our first show, “Hedda Gabler,” with me at the helm and Lisa playing the title role. Over the years, Folding Chair has blessed me with the privileged of [...]