August 20, 2011 Posted by Stebos in Articles

The Synthetic Bard: Dramatic Condensation from the Futurists to The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal has just published my article "The Synthetic Bard: Dramatic Condensation from the Futurists to The Reduced Shakespeare Company" This is the first full-length article on the California-based American troupe that had otherwise received only more general mentions, so I am very excited to finally see it available to the public 🙂
Abstract:

The Futurists criticized Shakespeare as the epitome of passéist drama in several of their manifestos, and, at times, followed up on their own proposal to reshape his dramaturgy through their synthetic techniques. The Reduced Shakespeare Company abridged the entire Bard’s oeuvre to a single evening, but without reference to the Futurists. This article, going beyond the usual placement of the American troupe within the framework of popular Shakespeare, views their work as a contemporary embodiment of the Futurist Synthetic Theatre.

You can freely download the full text from the Polymath website.