Young Shakespeare Player's Winter Workshop Performances - Bless Thy Five Wits (and Four Humours!)

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Richard and Anne DiPrima

Shakespeare presents the Human Mind.

Elizabethans believed that, just as the body has five senses, the mind has five wits: common wit, imagination, fantasy, calculation, and memory. They also believed that four basic fluids, or ‘humours,‘ of the body had to be mixed or ‘tempered’ properly, or the mind and emotions would be badly affected. (We still talk of ‘good humor‘ and good and bad ‘tempers‘ and ‘temperaments‘!) As our Workshop scenes will show, these ‘wits’ and ‘humours‘ — and
sometimes their absence or ill mixture! — created the basis of great Shakespearean drama. Shakespeare has been called ‘the greatest psychologist ever to lift a pen.‘ These glorious scenes of passion, humor , and madness will help show why.

See for more information.

Produced by Young Shakespeare Players at YSP Playhouse, 1806 West Lawn Ave., Madison

Performances: March 14-15, 2009

Performance Times: Saturday, March 14 at 6 PM and Sunday, March 15 at 1 PM.

Free admission

Call 608-258-0015 for reservations or more information.

How you can help support MadStage! Radio theater page Submit show information to MadStage Information about performance venues Wisconsin playwrights and scripts page Theater humor page Win Free Tickets! Thanks to all those who've contributed to MadStage in the past year! About MadStage Theater and dance classes, workshops, teachers and schools Performance links Performance-related job and volunteer opportunities, plus internship listings Dance Groups featured on MadStage Theater groups featured on MadStage Performance Calendar Home


Auditions will be held on the following days: