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.
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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.
Call 608-258-0015 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days: