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Free Speaker - Tony Vezner, Professor at Concordia University Shakespeares Stage Magic
Richard Goad Theatre
Long Beach, CA
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Free Speaker - Tony Vezner, Professor at Concordia University Shakespeares Stage Magic

Many works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries require moments of stage magic  the appearance of ghosts, gods, and devils, statues coming to life, tempests, and battles. While a practical mind may look for means to make these larger-than-life moments visually believable, Shakespeare took a markedly different approach that celebrated wonder but relied on unconventional means. Shakespeare had an appetite for such moments, inserting fantastical moments in plays where they were unnecessary to the story. In this talk well discuss Shakespeares construction of these moments in plays like Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest, and The Winters Tale. We will also note some influences on Shakespeare from the royal court where visual spectacle was utilized for political purposes.

Tony Vezner is professor of theatre at Concordia University in Irvine and has directed over 75 productions on university, community and professional stages. He serves as the producing artistic director of Concordias professional summer company  Looseleaf Theatre Co. - which has provided free summer Shakespeare to Orange County since 2012. He is a recipient of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Education Award. He has taught on Concordias Around-The-World Semester  travelling with students to 10 countries over 20 weeks to study and serve. Favorite Shakespearean directing credits include Twelfth Night, The Tempest, A Winters Tale, Romeo and Juliet, a 1960s version of As You Like It and a Hamlet staged with 9 actors, 10 chairs, and a drum set.


Richard Goad Theatre (View)
4250 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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