Working from the premise that the stage performer's primary functions derive from celebrative rituals, this book describes the figure of the actor as anti-character in premodern popular theatre. It focuses on Aristophanes' Frogs , the medieval mystery plays, and Shakespeare's As You Like It .
LESLEY WADE SOULE is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter, where she teaches directing, acting, theatre history, and the staging of Shakespeare. She has published translations of Slovenian plays, as well as scholarly articles on medieval and Elizabethan drama. She is coeditor of the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance.