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Performance and Literature in the Commedia Dellarte Robert Henke

Performance and Literature in the Commedia Dellarte

Robert Henke

Published December 16th 2010
ISBN : 9780521172387
Paperback
263 pages
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The actors of the commedia dellarte (the sixteenth-century Italian professional theater) usually did not perform from scripted drama. They improvised their performances from a shared plot and thorough knowledge of individual character roles. RobertMoreThe actors of the commedia dellarte (the sixteenth-century Italian professional theater) usually did not perform from scripted drama. They improvised their performances from a shared plot and thorough knowledge of individual character roles. Robert Henke analyzes commedia dellarte texts to demonstrate how the spoken word and written literature were combined in performance. Henke examines primary sources including performance accounts, actors contracts, letters and other documents.