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UCLA Center for the Art of Performance: Fall 2020 Performance Research Guide

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is presenting all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays in collaboration with UK based, Forced Entertainment. Each play is free to stream and performed by Forced Ent's actors live in just under an hour.

About the Performances

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is presenting all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays in collaboration with UK based, Forced Entertainment. Each play is just under an hour and performed by one of the Forced Ent’s company of actors, live from their kitchen table.  All the plays are free, and streaming now through Nov. 30. Click here for more info!

Welcome!

I hope that you're enjoying the tabletop performances of Shakespeare's works. I've compiled this digital guide to act as a companion to the performances.

For each play, you will find further information about accessing the complete texts of the plays. Many of the plays are available for free online because the text is in the public domain; however, I've directed to the Folger Shakespeare Library and MIT Shakespeare for free access to these materials. The former provides access to some further reading, critical commentary, and discussion while the latter allows you to search (use CTRL + F) the full text of the works in the HTML to quickly find what you seek.

For those who love a good book in their hands, I've provided a link to the publisher's website for the Arden Shakespeare Third Series version of each play, which include commentary and editorial notes to help you understand the texts, and I've included links to the UCLA Library Catalog record and a Los Angeles Public Library record for these items where possible. Many publishers, including Folger, Norton, and Oxford, publish their own editions of Shakespeare's works that you can find from your public library or favorite bookseller. 

As the tabletop performance series continues, this guide will continue to be updated. Consider it a work in progress. I'm particularly eager to find some fun resources to highlight on the guide for people who are enjoying seeing Shakespeare's works in this fun and exciting tabletop format. Please feel free to send me ideas for resources to add to this digital guide at mattweirick@library.ucla.edu. 

This digital guide is curated by Matthew Weirick Johnson, Librarian for English & History at UCLA Library, and several library student research assistants working for UCLA Library. 

Cheers! And Enjoy!

Matt

Matthew Weirick Johnson
Librarian for Literature & History
Lead for Teaching & Learning

Humanities & Social Sciences Lead
for Research Services

Young Research Library (YRL)

e: mattweirick@library.ucla.edu