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Mark Rylance

MARK RYLANCE

  (1960 - )

Nationality:    British
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Mark Rylance (born 18 January 1960) is an English actor, Theatre director and playwright. He spent his youth in America and returned to England in 1978 to train at RADA under Hugh Cruttwell. In 1980 the Glasgow Citizens Theatre gave him his first job, a year in repertoire, a trip to the carnival in Venice with Goldoni, and an Equity card. He played Hamlet at ages sixteen, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, twenty-eight to thirty, at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and forty at Shakespeare's Globe. In the early eighties he and a group of actors formed a Theatre company. the London Theatre of Imagination which evolved into Phoebus Cart. In 1991 he played Prospero in Phoebus Cart's production of the Tempest at the Rollright Stones, and on the Globe building site. That year Sam Wanamaker invited him to join the Artistic Directorate and he subsequently became the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe from 1996 to 2006. During his career he has played in fifty productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has also appeared on Broadway. in many English Theatres, and on film and television. Mark is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple Hall, chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, a friend of the Francis Bacon Trust, President of the Marlowe Society, a Patron and Ambassador of Survival, the movement for tribal people, and Peace Direct, working for non-violent resolution of conflict.

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        Honest Whore, The         I Am Shakespeare         Nice Fish



Honest Whore, The

Synopsis:
Written around 1604 with the assistance or involvement of Thomas Middleton. the play follows the lives of two women, the Princess Infelice and the harlot Bellafront. Set in Italy but drawing on Jacobian underworld London and its prisons, gambling, prostitution, pverty and asylums. Originally written in two parts (plot and sub-plot).

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Original Playwright - Thomas Decker

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XVIII (1998) Page 1073

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I Am Shakespeare

I Am Shakespeare
A fascinating, witty and characteristically exuberant Dramatic exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate. Is it possible that the son of an illiterate tradesman, from a small market town in Warwickshire, could have written the greatest Dramatic works the world has ever seen? It's a question that has puzzled scholars, theatre practitioners and theatregoers for many years. the philosopher, Francis Bacon; the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere; and Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke: all of them have been put forward as the real author of the plays. But why would they hide behind an anonymous actor? Who was the real Bard of Stratford? Why should we care? Mark Rylance is one of a number of leading actors who seriously question the idea that William Shakespeare was the man behind the thirty-seven plays that have moved, inspired and amazed generations. First performed at Chichester Festival theatre in 2007, Rylance's provocative play introduces us to four candidates and their respective claims  whilst asking fundamental questions about what makes a genius, and why it all matters anyway. This is an utterly performable comedy, which raises serious questions about the authorship of Shakespeare's work. Claire van Kampen has written the music to the original production, which is available through us. Please email info@nickhernbooks.co.uk for more information.

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Genre:
comedy of Shakespearean Identity crisis

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXVII (2007) Page 1013

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Nice Fish

Synopsis:
Created by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins, a master of prose poetry whose work is regularly featured on A Prairie Home Companion, this world premiere features original music by Claire van Kampen (Peer Gynt). Nice Fish centers on two men who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season; the ice is melting and the DNR is watching. they are hoping for something essential, immortal, when a construction worker roars across the ice on his snowmobile, spear, dynamite and fancy dress in hand! And the last blizzard of the season is about to begin. .

Notes:
by Mark Rylance (author), Louis Jenkins (author), Louis Jenkins (based on poetry by)

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McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415    06 Apr 2013

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Genre:
play with music

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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