Robert Fripp Dark Sovereign

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Dark Sovereign

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William Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Richard the Third" branded King Richard with a nightmare reputation. British author Robert Fripp launches a direct attack on Shakespeare's interpretation by writing his "Dark Sovereign" in Shakespeare's English -- fluently!  That's a first in four centuries. Longer than Hamlet, Fripp's "Dark Sovereign" dramatises the genuine tragedy of King Richard III while, overnight, becoming the longest existing play written in Renaissance English. Fripp produced investigative television at CBC-TV in Toronto for a decade before setting out to overturn Shakespeare's verdict on Richard III.

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Media release -- Playwright slams Shakespeare, defends Richard III
Toronto - September 22, 2011 - For the first time in four centuries a modern writer has challenged William Shakespeare by writing a full-length play in the Bard's Renaissance English--fluently. Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Richard the Third as Tudor propaganda for the Court of Queen Elizabeth I, portraying King Richard III as a misshapen sociopath and killer. Author and copywriter Robert Fripp, the series producer for a decade of CBC-TV's long-running investigative program, 'The Fifth Estate', took four years to pen his counter-attack on Shakespeare's play. Fripp's Dark Sovereign tells the real tale of Richard's troubled reign.
     "At last!" comments New York director Nathaniel Merchant. "Here is the antidote to the scurrilous but seductive play by Shakespeare. Fripp shocks with his skillful and uncanny use of verse and his portrait of Richard as a man, not a caricature or stock villain."
     "It's not wildly revisionist," says Fripp. "Just wildly different. Dark Sovereign seldom gives Richard's character more benefit of the doubt than you find in reliable histories. Dark Sovereign runs close to the northern English counties' long-held view that Richard was a benign, capable ruler: He was caught between a rock and a hard place in a smouldering civil war (England's Wars of the Roses) that went up in flames. Dark Sovereign dramatises the snake-pit of that conflict with a human, not a demonic, face. It's a stronger story without Shakespeare's character assassination."
     Then why put the word 'Dark' in the title? "The word carries the sixteenth century sense you find in dark horse and dark star," says Fripp. "It suggests a quality unknown; and that is certainly true of Richard III, smeared with his enemy's propaganda for four centuries".
     Art historian Claude Marks, who moved from London to lecture at New York's Metropolitan Museum, called Dark Sovereign "a cultural accomplishment of the highest order". Not only that: Dark Sovereign is longer than Hamlet. Overnight it becomes the longest play written in Renaissance English. No wonder Samuel Liff, Senior Theatrical Agent at the William Morris Agency, described Dark Sovereign to the author's agent, Jennifer Watts, as "The most courageous thing I ever saw in theater. A good play, too."
     "Many authors, including Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and the six teams of scholars who produced the King James Bible were writing in what we call 'the Golden Age' of the English language", says Fripp. "It's a beautiful language. It's mine and it's yours. It's yours to read, too". He should know. As a boy, Fripp won a choral scholarship into Salisbury Cathedral choir where he recited, chanted and sang sixteenth century English for five years. ~
    

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"At last we have an antidote to the scurrilous but seductive play by Shakespeare! Fripp shocks with his skillful and uncanny use of verse and his portrait of Richard as a man, not a caricature or stock villain. He has sought new and vital ways to theatrically explore these well-worn characters, and as a director the play is damned enticing. There are passages that sing from the page, and perhaps I am greedy, but I'm always asking for more of Robert Fripp's music." / Nathaniel Merchant, Director of opera and theatre, New York  "This play is the result of painstaking research and remarkable patience... You've chosen a challenging route--one avoided by other contemporary playwrights like Bond and Stoppard who reconstruct Shakespeare from a modern perspective... I'd be very interested in seeing this staged." / Susan Hardy Butler, Retired, Faculty of English, University of Toronto

"As a tour de force, it would have been impressive on the linguistic level alone, but becomes quite wonderful when you add to this the reworking of the historical sources, the allusive revisionism vis-à-vis Shakespeare, and the sheer dramatic inventiveness...
     "The parts I was especially struck by included your introduction and general management of Thomas (on my first reading, this was what first persuaded me that correcting Shakespeare's play was only part of what you were after).
     "Your handling of the wooing of Anne, which struck me as brilliantly-revised Shakespeare: its placement as 1.1, the skill at keeping up the tension one remembers from the prototype while rendering a much higher level of psychological plausibility and registering values that resonate throughout the rest of the play, all this with a combination of playfulness and long-range deep earnestness (also good tone-setting)--damn good." / Reprinted by permission, from a letter to the author by the late John Meagher, Professor of English and Theology, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto

"Dark Sovereign is a quite remarkable play." / Harry J. Boyle, to the author's agent. Dramatist, Former Head of CBC Radio Drama, Former Chair of the Canada Council

"It is admirable; your scholarship is extraordinary. However, the verse form--what led you not to write in iambic pentameter? Was that because it would be too imitative of the Shakespeare play and you were after a more modern feel--everything else is so meticulously exact--so period--your research and investigative strengths--we can't quite work it out? We'd love to get an angle on the thoughts that led you to this decision." / Roger Rees, Actor, Artistic Director, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
     [The author replied:] Christopher Marlowe put pentameter on the English stage, but within a decade Shakespeare discovered that breaking and shifting meter compelled his audiences to concentrate. Four centuries later the metrical styles I develop for Dark Sovereign carry us forward again.
  
"God, I love it. A real actors' play. Dark Sovereign is full of marvellous lines."Morris Good, to the author. Actor, Stratford (Ontario) Festival; Faculty of Drama, Memorial University, Newfoundland
  
"It's wonderful. I'm so impressed. Dark Sovereign is such a brilliant blend of imagination and effort and intelligence. What an amazing adventure this is." / Reva Stern, to the author. Former Artistic Director, the Leah Posluns Theatre, Toronto
  
"Thank you for...the fascinating play by Robert Fripp. Great fun. Quite an extraordinary academic achievement." / Brian Bedford to the author's agent; Actor/Director, The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  
"Your detailed notes about your research into language appropriate for Dark Sovereign also is impressive. No. Damned impressive....
     "I feel certain that a genuine study of your play would be a delightful experience.... Your play wants a full-fledged professional production, ... directed by a director with genuine expertise in directing Shakespeare with respect and love and dedication to the script.
      "Were I at a professional theatre, with a cast trained in Shakespeare, I'd consider your play very, very seriously. I'd be very surprised if you didn't find a Shakespeare Festival eager to present it....
      "All best wishes to you for success getting an outstanding production of Dark Sovereign. It deserves the best." / Dr. Louis E. Catron, Professor of Theatre Emeritus, College of William and Mary, Virginia
  
"I was pleased to hear there is a new play on Richard III. It's about time. Good luck to you! I wish you every success." / Sandra Worth, Author, The Rose of York: Love and War

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