Curating material from Applause's Shakescenes: Shakespeare for Two by John Russell Brown, Once More unto the Speech, Dear Friends by Neil Freeman, The Applause Shakespeare Library, and Applause First Folio Editions, we've created the must-have workbook series for Shakespeare plays. Along with tips on approaching and working on the play and tackling the speeches, Applause Shakespeare Workbook: A Midsummer Night's Dream includes highlighted essential passages.
To fully appreciate A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is essential to understand the play as a living text that must be spoken aloud to be fully understood. This workbook provides the tools to more fully explore the text through commentary and understand the rhetorical tradition that Shakespeare was part of, as well as clues offered from the First Folio. Applause Shakespeare Workbook: A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes the Demetrius/Helena scene and speeches from Titania, Oberon, and Theseus. This workbook will open your appreciation for the many diverse possibilities of interpreting the text, which is the key to Shakespeare's longevity.Other titles available in the series: Applause Shakespeare Workbook: Romeo and JulietApplause Shakespeare Workbook: Julius CaesarApplause Shakespeare Workbook: MacbethApplause Shakespeare Workbook: OthelloApplause Shakespeare Workbook: The Tempest
Paul Sugarman is an actor, editor, writer, and teacher of Shakespeare. He is founder of the Instant Shakespeare Company, which presents annual readings of all of Shakespeare's plays in New York City. He worked with the Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University as a teacher and performer, working as a verse coach and assistant playmaster as well as appearing in many of their productions. For ASC he has published annotated acting editions of Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Three Musketeers. With the ATC Conservatory Players he has worked as dramaturg and actor. For Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, he edited John Russell Brown's publication of Shakescenes: Shakespeare for Two and The Applause Shakespeare Library, as well as Neil Freeman’s Applause First Folio Editions and The Applause First Folio of Shakespeare in Modern Type. He has published pocket editions of all of Shakespeare's plays using the original settings of the First Folio in modern type for Puck Press. Sugarman received a BFA from New York University and studied with Kristin Linklater and Tina Packer at Shakespeare & Company.