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Re: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 864.  Tuesday, 30 November 1993.
 
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1993 09:04:14 -0500 (EST)
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 93 09:22:04 -0500
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1993 09:57:47 -0500 (EST)
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(4)     From:   Gordon Jones <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1993 14:08:15 -0230 (NDT)
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1993 11:51:08 EDT
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 93 21:05:54 EST
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(7)     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1993 22:16:37 -0500 (EST)
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From:           John Cox <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1993 09:04:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
*The Knight of the Burning Pestle* was brilliantly staged by the Young Company
at Stratford Ontario in 1990 and revived in 1991 because of its success.  It
should be in college repertories more frequently.
 
John Cox
 
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 93 09:22:04 -0500
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
*The Knight of the Burning Pestle* is one of my favorite plays as well.
And it has been very recently staged in the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
The play was first put on in the summer of 1990 (I believe) and was so
popular that they staged it again the following year. I only saw the first
version and it was wonderful. They crossdressed almost the entire cast of
the internal play, *The London Merchant* and played the Citizens and Rafe
with gender appropriate actors. I especially enjoyed it since I had just
written an essay on the importance of Nell as the female audience--she
practically stole the show!
 
Laurie Osborne
Dept. of English
Colby College
Waterville, ME 04962
207-872-3304

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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1993 09:57:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
The Stratford Festival (Ontario) did quite a good performance of
_Knight of the Burning Pestle_ during the 1991 season.
 
Katherine West
University of Toronto
 
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1993 14:08:15 -0230 (NDT)
Subject: 4.0850 Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850 Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
It has been staged within the last couple of years at Stratford, Ontario,
in the Tom Patterson theatre, also I believe at Stratford, England, and
certainly in a fine amateur production at Memorial University of
Newfoundland.
 
Gordon Jones
 
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1993 11:51:08 EDT
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE was done here at Le Moyne College seven or eight
years ago, and worked wonderfully; we did it in period.  Stratford, Ontario,
did it a couple of years in a row, modernizing it (the merchant keeps
pulling out his credit card).  Both productions opened up the play's
interaction between various kinds of reality, fiction, illusion ("Stay,
illusion" is perhaps my favorite line from the play), delusion, and kept
audiences steadily engaged.  It takes a strong directorial hand, though,
to keep the different threads, motifs, and rhythms from blurring; Bill
Morris directed here, and I forget who directed at Stratford.
 
Neil Novelli, Le Moyne College
 
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 93 21:05:54 EST
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
Stratford, Ont, has produced it twice at least in the last four years: I
saw one of the productions and fine it was. NR.
 
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1993 22:16:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0850  Q: *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*
 
Jim:
 
I saw a performance of THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE at Shady Hill School,
Cambridge, Mass., sometime im the early 60s. It was a children's production,
and it was great.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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