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Ideas for Shakespeare and Modern Drama Course
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 175.  Sunday, 19 July 1992.
 
From:		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:		Sunday, July 19, 1992
Subjects:	Ideas for Shakespeare and Modern Drama Course
 
In his review of the 1991 Edinburgh Festival in the most recent *SQ* [43.2
(Summer 1992): 227-332], Gerald M. Berkowitz discusses several plays that may
be appropriate to a Shakespeare and Modern Drama course: *A Porter's Macbeth*
(Macbeth through the Porter's eyes), *Prospero's Magic Book* (*The Tempest*
for pre-schoolers), *Dear Isabel* (a distillation of *Measure for Measure*),
*Wicked Bastard of Venus* (a redefining of *As You Like It*), *Macbeth Speaks*
(a lecture from the historical Macbeth), *The Tempest Mooncalf* (Caliban after
the end of *Tmp.*), *A Savage Reminiscence* (Caliban after reading Rousseau
and Wittgenstein), *Booth* (Edwin Booth uses Shakespeare to help himself out
of a life crisis), and *Cedric III* (a "lost" Shakespeare pastiche).
 
These plays reminided me of a play that made the rounds in summer festivals
during the past few years: *Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)*.
 
Finally, from the SHAKSPER Fileserver SPINOFF file, I found the following:
 
     George Bernard Shaw, *Cymbeline Refinished*
     George Bernard Shaw, *The Macbeth Skit*
     Tom Stoppard, *Dogg's Hamlet*
     Tom Stoppard, *Cahoot's Macbeth*
     Sir John Greer Ervine, *The Lady of Belmont* (Macmillan, 1924)
     Robert Farquhar, *Portia Pulls a Pinch Play* (1930)
     Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, *West Side Story*, 1961, (Musical)
     John Fletcher (Thatcher?), *The Woman's Cries, or The Tamer Tamed*
     George Sidney, *Kiss Me Kate*, 1953, (Musical)
 
Hardy M. Cook

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