Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 91. Monday, 25 Mar 1991.
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 91 16:12:04 EST
Subject: SHAKSPER at the Vancouver SAA
Thank-you all for your patience during SHAKSPER's brief hiatus; let
me assure you that it was worth it. The Shakespeare Association of
America kindly supplied an exhibitor's table for SHAKSPER at its
conference in Vancouver, and leased an appropriate computer and display
for the twenty-five minute demonstration. Many thanks to Nancy Hodge
and Jill Bagwell of the Association for making SHAKSPER's presence
It was a pleasure to meet with current and prospective members of
this conference, and I was gratified at the level of interest
demonstrated among even the most conservative of scholars. Already
today I have signed on three new members, two from the University of
British Columbia itself, and I am confident that we will soon be
joined by many others who picked up the SHAKSPER brochure or viewed
Particular thanks are due to Michael Warren of the University of
California at Santa Cruz; his personal endorsement of SHAKSPER in
his Presidential Address during the conference luncheon triggered
more interest in my exhibit than all the posters and flyers I could
muster! Also many thanks to Steve Urkowitz of the City University of
New York, who triggered a second wave of interest later in the
conference by his very kind words about SHAKSPER in his session paper.
Thanks too to all of you who have privately encouraged your
colleagues to join us.
Although the Trustees of the Shakespeare Association were unable
to officially "endorse" the SHAKSPER conference, they have agreed
to publish a sizable announcement in the SAA Bulletin, which is
more than I could reasonably ask. Combined with the two influential
personal endorsements mentioned above, this will raise SHAKSPER's
profile among our non-Bitnetted colleagues considerably, and should
lead to the increases in membership and resources I suggested in
my earlier note.
The SHAKSPER brochures and paper handouts proved very popular, and
disappeared from the table in record time. (This considerably
lightened my luggage on the return trip!) I still have a number of
SHAKSPER Sampler Diskettes, however, and Demonstration/Simulation
diskettes available, should members of SHAKSPER themselves be
interested. The Sampler Diskettes contain logbooks for SHAKSPER's
first eight months, biography files, sample files from the Fileserver,
etc.-- all material which you can easily obtain via the Fileserver.
The diskette is designed, however, for those who do not yet have
Bitnet access, as a taste to whet their appetites. The demonstration/
simulation is the 25-minute demo which explains global networks,
electronic mail, and SHAKSPER to those with no familiarity whatsoever
with the basic concepts. This demonstration might be useful to
encourage e-mail use in your departments, although it is admittedly
not comprehensive, nor perhaps the most brilliant demonstration of
its kind (although I am not aware of any similar demonstration
Both diskettes are available only in 720kb IBM 3.5-inch format,
although the demonstration is also available on a single 1.44mb
diskette. The demonstration requires VGA graphics and a hard disk
to run, and is optimized for a 386 processor. The media charge
is five dollars per diskette, to cover media, photocopying, and
mailing expenses -- although if you send me a self-addressed
envelope and a blank diskette, I may be able to spring for the
postage. Interested members can contact me via e-mail.
While in Vancouver I picked up a number of interesting and
valuable announcements, which will begin appearing on SHAKSPER
as time permits. (The first appears today). Anyone with comments,
reviews, or questions arising from seminars or sessions in Vancouver
is welcome to send them along.
Welcome to our new members, welcome back to those of you who
waited so patiently, and welcome home to those of you who were also in
University of Toronto
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 89. Tuesday, 19 Mar 1991.
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 91 21:57:15 EST
Subject: Shakespeare in Gdansk?
[In the spirit of free electronic communication, endorsed by Ficino's
editor, Willard McCarty, I here reprint an interesting piece from
today's mailing, Ficino 1.0193. KS]
I transcribe from a photocopy sent to me by Brian Parker, of the Dept of
English at the U of Toronto.
A SHAKESPEAREAN THEATRE IN GDANSK?
Yes, this is not a typographical error, nor is it a fantasy of an
amateur historian: a theatre of this type really existed in Gdansk (a
city of over one thousand years) for nearly two centuries, since its
erection in 1610. In its architectural design based on one of the
theatres in Shakespeare's London (namely, on the _Fortune_), this was in
fact the only known example of such a peculiar theatrical "import" on
the Continent. This was not only the first public theatre in Gdansk, but
also the first one in Poland. As such it may serve as a monument to the
city's culture in the period of its highest development. This was the
largest and the richest city on the Baltic.
The erection of a Shakespearean-in-type theatre in Gdansk would have
been impossible without the activity of professional English players
here, who in the first half of the seventeenth century frequently
performed in Gdansk, especially during the international St Dominic Fair
-- the Gdansk equivalent to the Frankfort Fair. It was these players (in
their times acclaimed as unsurpassed in their profession) who -- during
the lifetime of Shakespeare -- performed his plays in the Gdansk
theatre. We may assume that they also brought the architectural concept
Today, the reconstruction of this theatre in Gdansk is impossible
without the help and support not only of the inhabitants of Gdansk, but
also of all those people who show concern for the cultural past of the
For many reasons this is not a local enterprise. As in London, where the
famous _Globe_ theatre is now being reconstructed, also in Gdansk a
foundation, "Theatrum Gedanense" (sponsored by the British Council, and
also by Peter Hall and Andrzej Wajda), was started for the
reconstruction of the Shakespearean-in-type theatre. This is not aimed
to be a mere monument, but a living theatre, in which all kinds of plays
may be performed. Its stage may also be used by visiting companies, or
by major festivals like the planned Shakespearean Festival of the
Theatre Festival of the Baltic States.
[the address on the photocopy for further information is: Jerzy Limon
(prezes), Theatrum Gedanense, 80-834 Gdansk, ul. Sw. Ducha 2, Poland;
the telephone number is (058) 31-70-21]