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Re: *Hamlet* Interpretations
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 294.  Thursday, 13 May 1993.
 
(1)     From:   RONALD DWELLE <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 May 93 09:34:32 EST
        Subj:   SHK 4.0291  Re: *Hamlet* Interpretation
 
(2)     From:   Kay Stockholder <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 May 93 10:56:58 PDT
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From:           RONALD DWELLE <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 May 93 09:34:32 EST
Subject: Re: *Hamlet* Interpretation
Comment:        SHK 4.0291  Re: *Hamlet* Interpretation
 
Hope College in Holland, Michigan, staged an unusual production of Hamlet this
spring. It was notable for multiple actors (both male and female) playing the
major roles. I think there were 6 actors playing Hamlet (at different times, of
course), 4 Ophelia, and a couple Claudius and Gertrude.
 
The only difficulty--given the extensive cutting of lines--was in figuring out
which character was speaking when a new Hamlet or Ophelia appeared. Otherwise
it was quite effective, with an unusually manifold interpretation of character.
I had never seen a female Hamlet, but it was quite revealing.
 
(I don't know this for sure, but suspect the college had many more accomplished
women actors than men, this year, and the multiple actors helped out. It also
gave more actors the opportunity to play major [and different] roles.)
 
          Ron Dwelle (
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Date:           Thursday, 13 May 93 10:56:58 PDT
Subject: Re: *Hamlet* Interpretation
Comment:        SHK 4.0291  Re: *Hamlet* Interpretation
 
Yes, that is the movie I had in mind. I thought it was pretty good. It didn't
make Hamlet a very attractive character, but it did draw on and highlight
elements that pervade the play. Cynical, but nice. Thanks.
 

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