IU Theatre Presents “King Lear” In Original 1606 Pronunciation

BY PAUL BICKLEY The new world premiere of a centuries-old play will allow Bloomington audiences to experience the language of King Lear as Shakespeare intended. In May, Indiana University Theatre will present The King Lear Project, an adaptation using original pronunciation (OP). “Our audiences will hear what Lear’s first audiences heard,” says the play’s producer and director, Murray McGibbon, an associate professor of acting and directing at IU. McGibbon spent 2 1/2 years on the adaptation of Shakespeare’s 1606 play. “OP is rich and guttural. It issues from the entire body, anchored in the pit of the stomach; it’s not all in the mouth as we speak,” McGibbon says. “But it’s immediately understandable. It combines Irish, Scottish, and U.S. East […]

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Bloomington WoodWorks: A Different Kind of Co-Op

BY BARB BERGGOETZ A professional woodworker and furniture maker, James Bradley was tired of working alone in his home woodworking shop and having to drive to Indianapolis to buy furniture-grade wood that couldn’t be found locally. To help others avoid the same frustrations, Bradley, 33, started a unique co-op business in Bloomington that saves local woodworkers time, money, and effort, and where he provides instruction to novices and less-experienced woodworkers. In November, Bradley opened Bloomington WoodWorks, located at 415 W. 4th St. It offers people a safe, clean building in which to work on projects, and access to industrial-grade power tools and high-quality wood. “It’s just something I had wanted when I was still working at home,” says Bradley. “I […]

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