Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 252. Tuesday, 13 October 1992.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1992, 15:37:00 CST
Subject: RE: Lady Montague's Death
Re Hardy M. Cook's query about Lady Montague's death:
It's been a while since I either read or saw R&J, but the specific
incident here is certainly not alone. For example, I played Adam in
AYLI a few years back: he simply vanishes from the scene after the
"seven ages of man" speech. Why? Some argue it was because
Shakespeare himself played the role, and he needed to get out front
ASAP to fulfill the equivalent of the modern director's role.
Certainly the precipitousness of Adam's departure suggests that the
*actor* was needed elsewhere. The same is probably true of Lady
Montague: and it is probably fruitless to get into chicken-and-egg
discussions about whether 1). she died (or disappeared), with the
happy side-effect of allowing the actor to double or 2). the actor
was needed to double, therefore requiring Lady M to die or disappear.
So I suppose my answer to the final question,
>>I wondered if others think this deduction plausible?<<
would have to be "Yes", although I'm not sure where that takes us...
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