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As with every play we read this quarter we started A Midsummer Night s Dream with only a text Reading the script is the foundation of Shakespeare and the least evolved of the ways that one can experience it There is no one to interpret the words no body movement or voice inflection to indicate meaning or intention All meaning that a reader understands comes from the words alone The simplicity of text provides a broad ground for imagination in that every reader can come away from the text with a different conception of what went on The words are merely the puzzle pieces individuals put together to bring coherence and logic to the play Although we all read generally the same words we can see that vastly different plays arise depending on who interprets them By interpreting the word-clues that Shakespeare wrote into the script to direct the performance of the play we were able to imagine gestures expressions and movements appropriate to the intention of the playwright An example of this can be seen in the different Romeo and Juliets Luhrman clearly had a more modern vision after reading the script than did Zeffirelli did only 18 years before The live performance at the CalPoly theatre also carried with it a very different feel less intense more child-like and sweet with nearly the same words Reading also affects our experience in that without the text we would most likely not be able to enjoy Shakespeare at all having the text makes Shakespeare widely accessible available for free on the web to all that desire it Once the script is obtained anyone can perform Shakespeare even everyday non-actor citizens put on Shakespeare whether it be in parks at school or in a forest My experience reading Shakepearean plays has shown me that reading is necessary and fundamental part of grasping the fullness of the works I had wanted to read A Midsummer
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