Earlycommedia.com is the solution to the 64 page space limit of the SCA’s Compleat Anachronist publication – at least for commedia fans. My dear friend, Dina Ternullo (SCA: Lady Luceta di Cosimo), and I teamed up to write a 2-volume submission to the Compleat Anachronist about SCA period commedia dell’ arte and had WAY too much material to share! Too much, at least for 2 issues of the Compleat Anachronist. So, this blog was born to provide a publication venue for all the material we had to cut from our Compleat Anachronist issues. That includes material that had to be cut for the sake of space and also some material that was not completely within the research scope of the Compleat Anachronist. The CA is the research branch of the SCA, and discussion about modern day issues like fundraising, paying taxes on money raised, leadership of creative groups, theater group behavior dynamics, modern options for technical theater support like signage were not encouraged as material to keep in the final drafts. What you will find on this blog includes material that had to be cut from the CAs due to space, modern references, color photographs, and more stuff we thought of after publication!
So, where to start?
Start with the Compleat Anachronist #172 written by Dina Ternullo and available for US$4.50plus shipping costs on the SCA Marketplace website here: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Store
Click on that link, and type “commedia” in the search box to find the right issue.
Dina’s CA#172, “Characters and Scenarios of Early Commedia dell’ Arte”, was published in June 2016. It was the beginning of a great amount of material for SCA period commedia getting compiled and published. She helped me a great deal with the research and editing for the following Compleat Anachronist, #173, “Bring Sixteenth Century Commedia To Life” which was primarily written by myself with contributions from three other SCA artists and dear friends of mine:
- Drea Leed (SCA: Mistress Drea di Pellegrini) wrote the section on Challenging Costuming.
- Robert Schneider (SCA: The Honorable Lord Eoin Drake) wrote the section on making leather commedia masks.
- Philip Scott Dean (SCA: The Honorable Lord Manus MacDhai – and yes, he’s my awesome husband!) wrote the section on building the tech theater pieces of curtains & flats, footlights, and portable signs.
- Dina Ternullo (SCA: Lady Luceta di Cosimo) helped with research, editing, and helping me shape the whole thing. We are giving her the title of “Contributing Author” like Drea, Drake, and Manus, although that doesn’t quite capture everything that she did to help bring CA#173 to life. It’s hard to give a title to the person who gets a call at midnight to hear “Which book do I use to cite commedia troupes parading around the marketplace before a show to gather a crowd?” or “How do I cite the author of the forward of the translation and do I use the little roman numeral numbers in the endnotes??” or listen to a tearful, stressed-out, deadline-pressured Sophie losing hope that this issue will ever be published. Her complete knowledge of the period resources appropriate for this research, clear headed vision, and ability to gently console and counsel me made her a powerful mentor for this project. I’m sure that without her, the CA#173 would have been a pathetic shadow of the issue actually getting published.
I’ll go into more detail in individual blog posts about the other sections. Stay tuned for posts from each of these contributing authors with more details and pictures on their individual topics. Also watch for posts on topics including:
- online resources for all pre-1620 commedia especially networking with other commedia enthusiasts
- research sources
- groups, leadership, succession and group dynamics in theater troupes
- SCA guilds including a case study of the Known World Players
- money management
- and much more!
When I say “much more” I mean that we will certainly get all the material posted that we had meant for the Compleat Anachronists, but that’s just the beginning for this blog! Earlycommedia.com is a place any SCA commedia enthusiast can post their material to share! If you want to post anything, just let me know. We’ll figure out the best way to do it – you writing a blog post, you uploading files, or you sending me stuff to post/upload for you if you don’t want to learn the ways of WordPress. 😉
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Stay tuned for more commedia awesomeness! 🙂
Lady Sophia the Orange
Commedia Enthusiast, Capocomico of i Firenzi, Founder of i Scandali, Pennsic Commedia Track Co-lead