Yuriy Pavlish and Mitch McCoy of “Coriolanus: From Man to Dragon”

Released Friday, 18th November 2016
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imageThere’s some pretty intense fighting in many of Shakespeare’s works—intense fighting that, in most productions, gets pared down to a couple of sword-clinks in the absence of a skilled fight choreographer, actors prepared to follow said choreography, and the budget and space to make that choreography come to life. Sadly, this is especially true in the independent theatre…
In the case of Combative Theatre, and their partners in Shakespeare in the Square, however, the fight is put front and center. For their show Coriolanus: From Man to Dragon, Omri Kadim adapts the tragedy to really get to its combative core. And as you’ll hear from the background noise in this interview, there’s more than just a few sword-and-shield hits to be seen…
Listen in as director Yuriy Pavlish and fight director Mitch McCoy discuss how they fill in what’s missing from most productions of Coriolanus, finding the right actors for your fight-heavy show, bringing together theatre companies, resonance with current events, and when you should hold on to a production.
“…my belief is that if you just tell the story that Shakespeare put down, and not try to twist it to an agenda, and really ask yourself, ‘what was Shakespeare trying to say?’ and just do it, you will find all of the connections you need to current events, and a thousand years ago, and a thousand years from now…”

Combative Theatre Company & Shakespeare in the Square present
Coriolanus: From Man to Dragon
based on William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
adapted by Omri Kadim
directed by Yuriy Pavlish
fight direction by Mitch McCoy
thru November 20, 2016
Italy Time Theater
238 Bleecker Street
Manhattan
tickets: $18, available via shakespeareinthesquare.com (SOLD OUT)
image image image photos by Emilio Madrid-Kuserimage imagephotos by Zach Terry

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