>Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (Ops Fest)

> As previously posted here, and recently talked about over at one of my favorite local blogs Around The Sun

This Sunday, at 2pm in Peninsula Park (just north of the gazebo) Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will perform “A Midsommer Nights Dreame.”

From their web site:

Ops Fest is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old. When Shakespeare originally penned and performed his plays, theatrical practices were very different than modern audiences are accustomed to.

First Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal. This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. The Ops Fest performs using the same performance techniques as they did in
Shakespeare’s own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic, improvisational feel to the performances

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