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Ben Crystal talks on Original Pronunciation

  • El Museo Cultural 555 Camino de la Familia Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

An Evening with Ben Crystal and original pronunciation

The author of Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard, Ben has also co-authored four books with his father, scholar David Crystal, including Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companion and the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare. He appeared in the 2006 season at the Globe Theatre in London. In 2014 he and his theatre company (Passion in Practice) were awarded one of the inaugural Owls Schreame Awards for innovation in historical theatre, specifically for their work on Shakespearean Original Pronunciation (OP) in performance. That year he produced an original pronunciation production of Macbeth at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe. In 2015 he produced OP shows of Pericles and Henry V.

The ISC and the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe host a public event featuring author, actor, and Passion Practice producer Ben Crystal. Ben will talk about and demonstrate Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation. What did Shakespeare’s accent—and that of his actors and audience—sound like? What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know? Actor and author Ben Crystal (Shakespeare's Words, Shakespeare on Toast) explores the fascinating 400-year-old sound of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, Original Pronunciation, that shows a world full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour, hidden beneath our modern accent readings. And a not-so-subtle world, too.

Friday • October 26 • 7 p.m.
El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia (at the Santa Fe Railyard)

$15 general • $10 students

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