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Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 871. Wednesday, 1 December 1993.
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 10:35:01EDT
        Subj:   Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 11:19:21 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
(3)     From:   Robert O'Connor <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Dec 1993 09:34:41 +0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
(4)     From:   Melissa Aaron <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 18:26:06 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0866 Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
(5)     From:   Sarah Werner <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Dec 93 0:08:37 EST
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From:           J. M. Richardson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 10:35:01EDT
Subject:        Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
Here are some items to add to the bibliographies: SHAKESPEARE, THE
CHARACTER: A BIBLIO0GRAPHY and SHAKESPEARE SPINOFFS
 
For Shakespeare the Character:
 
Anthony Burgess, "Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare's
Love-life",  William Heinemann Ltd. 1964 (novel)
 
Anthony Burgess, "Enderby's Dark Lady", McGraw-Hill, 1984 (novel)
 
Anthony Burgess, "A Meeting at Valladolid," in "The Devil's Mode",
Hutchinson, 1989 (short story)
 
I believe that just last year Robert Nye  published a novel entitled
"Mrs. Shakespeare"; a quick check through the "Times Literary
Supplement" could verify this. Presumably, Shakespeare appears as a
character in this book.
 
For Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
"Hamlet Goes Business", Film: dir. Aki Kaurismaen (a caustic
critique of the modern corporate state; in Finnish with English
subtitles). Shown on TV Ontario last year.
 
Robert Nye, "Falstaff", Hamish Hamilton 1976 and Penguin Books 1983
(novel).
 
"Scenes from Macbeth", Film: written and dir. by Chris Philpott.
Shown on TV Ontario last year.
 
Sting, "Nothing Like the Sun", record album.
 
J.M. (Mike) Richardson
English Dept., Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ont.
jrichard@cs_acad_lan.lakeheadu.ca
 
[After this round of discussing spinoffs slows down, I'll update the two files
and let everyone know.  --HMC]
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 11:19:21 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
The _Desdemona_ in question is a new play by Paula Vogel of Brown Univ., author
of _The Baltimore Waltz_, and presents Desdemona and her innocence in a new
light.
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Dec 1993 09:34:41 +0700
Subject: 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
Has anyone else out there read Robert Nye's book 'Falstaff'?  It's not on
the fileserver list.  I think it was published in the late sixties.  It's
one of my favourite spinoffs.
 
ROC
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1993 18:26:06 +0200
Subject: 4.0866 Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0866 Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
What about Colin MacInnes' *Three Years to Play*?  It takes a long time to get
down to scratch but it turns out that the characters "live" As You Like It
before it's written, one of them gets a job working for the Globe and tells
Shakespeare, and is written into the play as the first Audrey.
 
There was also a musical comedy version of The Merchant of Venice on off-off
Broadway about 15 years ago, but I don't remember what it was called.
 
I also recommend Peter Ustinov's *Romanoff and Juliet*. It is available in play
form and there is a cheesy film version with Sandra Dee.
 
Good luck!
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Dec 93 0:08:37 EST
Subject: 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0866  Re: Shakespeare Spinoffs
 
I believe that the rewrite of _Othello_ in question is actually _Desdemona: A
Play About A Handkerchief_, Paula Vogel's play that's wrapping up this week in
NY.  And speaking of rewrites, I'd add Aime Cesaire's _A Tempest_, a marvellous
piece of political drama, and extremely teachable.
 
Sarah Werner
University of Pennsylvania
 

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