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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 264.  Monday, 26 April 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Zanne Westfall Pardee <WS#1@LAFAYACS.bitnet>
        Date:   Monday, 26 Apr 93 08:32:17 EDT
        Subj:   Volpone's bastards
 
(2)     From:   David Richman <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Apr 1993 11:05:20 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0258  Q: Volpone's Bastards
 
 
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From:           Zanne Westfall Pardee <WS#1@LAFAYACS.bitnet>
Date:           Monday, 26 Apr 93 08:32:17 EDT
Subject:        Volpone's bastards
 
I can't say much about the reverberations of the dramatic text for
*Volpone* but I can tell you that following the suggestion that the
zanies are his bastards works very well onstage.  We did the production
at the University of Toronto's Hart House Theatre, directed by Leon
Rubin (who went on to AD and write the book on the RSC's *Nick Nick*)
starring David Parry of Poculi Ludique Societas fame.  As I recall, the
costuming, delivery, and acting played up the paternal relationship,
foregrounding Volpone's genetic and social corruption, and made the
grotesques TRULY grotesque.  Fellini would have liked it.
 
Suzanne Westfall ws#1@lafayacs.bitnet
 
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Date:           Monday, 26 Apr 1993 11:05:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0258  Q: Volpone's Bastards
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0258  Q: Volpone's Bastards
 
I've always taken Mosca's lines as deliciously ambiguous.  Maybe he is making
it up, and then again, maybe Volpone has literally fathered all these
grotesques.  One never knows, do one?
 
David Richman
 

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