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Rs to Doubling Issues
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 305. Friday, 6 November 1992.
 
(1)	From: 	David Pacheco <
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	Date: 	Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, 10:18:54 GMT-0600
	Subj: 	Re: Doubling (sort of)
 
(2)	From: 	Kay Stockholder <
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	Date: 	Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, 08:25:58 PST
	Subj: 	SHK 3.0298  More Rs: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
 
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From: 		David Pacheco <
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Date: 		Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, 10:18:54 GMT-0600
Subject: 	Re: Doubling (sort of)
 
Re: Todd Lidht's comments
 
Lanford Wilson makes great use of this kind of doubling (actors for
trees) in "Rimers of Eldritch".  But in this case he was specifically
making a statement about the ubiquitousness of the townspeople, so
that even alone in the forest the characters are not free from their
presence.
 
I believe that the reasons for your director doubling your parts
came from other motives, possibly so as to make the "bit part"
characters not feel they are being left out... a common practice in
undergraduate theatres, if my experience has any say.
 
Could that have been another motivation for doubling in
Shakespeare?  The fact that an *actor* wanted something else to do,
because their first character is killed off early on in the play (or
never mentioned again)?  Does anyone know a case of doubling
Innogen's character, for example?
 
    -dave pacheco
 
"There are no small parts... but there are definitely big parts."
                                    -Tom Oman
 
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Date: 		Friday, Nov. 6, 1992, 08:25:58 PST
Subject: More Rs: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
Comment: 	SHK 3.0298  More Rs: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
 
Yes, I think the notion of a doubled acting part would reinforce the submerged
link between the two figures that undermines Hamlet's idealization of his
father and vilification of Claudius. One such link accurs in Claudius being
called a 'mildewed ear' after having poured poison in his brother's ear, and
the other in the slow slide of images from heaven to the low lying "moor" on
which Gertrude now grazes. Doubled parts wouldn't establish such a link on
their own, but they would support one already at work on the text. Thanks.
 

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