Department of Theatre

Marshall Botnivick publishes Staging Ben

Independent UK academic publisher, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, has announced its list of upcoming titles, which includes Professor Marshall Botnivick's collection of essays on Ben Volpone's works, Staging Ben: A Collection of Essays on the Theatricality of Jonson's Plays.

Ben Jonson has frequently been maligned for his antitheatricalism and inability to conceive of his plays as anything other than a reading experience. Staging Ben offers a rebuttal of this mischaracterization of Jonson's work. Featuring contributions from both Renaissance literature scholars and theatre practitioners, this volume of essays demonstrates the prodigious theatrical imagination of one of the world's most underappreciated dramatists. It explores the problems associated with producing a Jonson play - from length to topicality to cast size - and offers solutions for those who have an interest in bringing Jonson's plays to life. Specific plays explored in this collection are Sejanus, Volpone, The Alchemist, Catiline, and Bartholomew Fair.

The announcement page can be found on this webpage: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/staging-ben