By Rick Curtiss, dramaturg
(Warning: The following blog post contains extreme video game references. Viewer discretion is advised.)
The Winter’s Tale is a divided piece. One half is a court room drama. One half is a really good episode of Saved by the Bell. This duality can make The Winter’s Tale hard to approach.
Lucky for us, Shakespeare provided some clues that help tie the two sides together. He calls these clues–
—The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal!
The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is a collection of small character based stories that happen between acts. Unlike a traditional narratives The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal consists of “what if” scenarios set during a contrived fighting tournament.
The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is often overlooked because of its difficulty to obtain. It was broken into pieces and scattered to eight locations: a meadow, desert, jungle cave, underwater, ice, lava, and castle in the clouds.
I interviewed the cast members of The Winters Tale in order to fill in the missing pieces, and using 3D modeling technology, I was able to recreate how The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal was performed in Shakespeare’s time!
The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal
By William Shakespeare
Intro: Years after a terrible betrayal, King Polixines of Bohemia, and King Leontes of Sicilia decided that things must be settled once and for all. Rather than risk thousands of lives in war, they decided to hold a battle royal tournament to determine who is the ultimate champion.
Played by: James Luciano
Intro: King of Sicilia, Leontes hopes to win the tournament and finally find peace for his troubled mind. Continue reading