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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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‘May I be metamorphosed’: Cardenio by Stages

‘May I be metamorphosed’: Cardenio by Stages

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The Quest for Cardenio

Terri Bourus

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces how Taylor’s ‘creative reconstruction’ of The History of Cardenio has been tested and developed in performance, from the first publicly performed reading at New York’s Public Theatre in 1994 and others that followed, to the first full production in New Zealand in May 2009. That production, including the rehearsal process and the associated academic colloquium on which this book is based, provided Taylor with the most substantive ideas yet about where the script might best be strengthened, and has led to further revisions, including explorations of race and of bisexuality in Cervantes, Fletcher, and Shakespeare. Each of these versions, and all the directors and actors, have influenced Taylor’s quest to discover something of what the Shakespeare‐Fletcher play might have been like in performance — indeed, in a larger sense, how an idea becomes a script and a script becomes a performance.

Keywords:   Cardenio, Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, Theobald, Gary Taylor, scriptwriting, directors, adaptation, acting/actors

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