Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 27. Sunday, 2 Feb 1992.
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1992 21:03:24 -0500
Subject: 3.0024 N&Q: PD Hamlet Videos?
Comment: Re: SHK 3.0024 N&Q: PD Hamlet Videos?
The availability of "public domain" videos of Shakespearean productions
remains a mystery. But a partial listing of non-professional
productions does appear in the annual World Shakespeare Bibliography, a
fine service. I wonder if the editors of the bibliography might
indicate or ask the various production venues to indicate the
availability of "archival" videos, or even promptbooks, or production
photos or design sketches. One auxiliary task (for those who have the
energy for it) might be to propose some sort of "protocols" for taping a
production or simply for describing whatever documents remain after the
ephemeral delights of the last night's applause. Ah well. Just last
night I was phoning for a copy of a tape that was made of THE PLAY OF
LAZARUS from the Fleury playbook, a production that I directed twenty
years ago in Greenwich Village. The owner of the tape told me that the
physical object exists, but the playback equipment that would display it
has been defunct for a long while. I'll just tell my performance class
about it and leave much to their imaginations.
Good luck on your searches.