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Dudley Knight dies at 73; innovative UC Irvine drama teacher
Dudley Knight dies at 73; innovative UC Irvine drama teacher

For more than 20 years at UC Irvine, Dudley Knight devised innovative and sometimes controversial ways of teaching acting students to speak clearly while lending their characters authentic, unforced accents and dialects. He believed that actors in a multicultural society should keep their own voices and fought the orthodox practice of teaching them to use upper-class white speech patterns as the favored norm. Knight, who had retired 10 years ago to Pennsylvania, returned to the campus last month to begin rehearsing his role as King Lear in an outdoor summer festival production of the Shakespeare tragedy. Shortly after greeting friends and fellow cast members during a get-acquainted...

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