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“Fantastic Tricks before High Heaven,” Measure for Measure and Performing Triads

Department of Languages and Literatures, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825, USA
Religions 2020, 11(2), 100; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11020100
Received: 19 January 2020 / Revised: 17 February 2020 / Accepted: 19 February 2020 / Published: 22 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Theatrical Drama)
Reading Measure for Measure through the logic of substitution has been a long-standing critical tradition; the play seems to invite topical, political, and religious parallels at every turn. What if the logic of substitution in the play goes beyond exchange and seeks out a triadic logic instead? This insistent searching for the triad appears most notably in the performance of Measure for Measure by Cheek by Jowl (2013–2019). Cheek By Jowl’s strategies of touring, simplicity, movement, and liberation create a dynamic and ever-evolving performance. This article puts Cheek by Jowl’s performance of Measure for Measure in conversation with C.S. Peirce’s (and subsequent theorists) explorations of triadic logic with Puttenham’s rhetoric of traductio (repetition with variation, and "tranlacing"), in addition to critical work on substitutions in the play. Tracing the superfluity of substitutions in rhetoric and performance of the play allows us to see how the play refuses binaries, and energizes triadic logic as a means to liveness in performance. Both Shakespeare’s play and the Cheek By Jowl production use a triadic structure which suggests the Trinity, foregrounding the body as a site of mediation and liveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: Measure for Measure; Cheek By Jowl; performance; the body; the trinity; Christology; rhetoric; repetition; triadic logic; semiotics Measure for Measure; Cheek By Jowl; performance; the body; the trinity; Christology; rhetoric; repetition; triadic logic; semiotics
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Bryan, E. “Fantastic Tricks before High Heaven,” Measure for Measure and Performing Triads. Religions 2020, 11, 100.

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