Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 523. Wednesday, 1 Sept. 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 01 Sep 1993 16:41:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [Re: Karaoke Shakespeare]
Fran Teague's mention of Karaoke Shakespeare reminds me of a display put
on in the hypertext session last April in Atlanta. One stands in front of
a video display monitor while it shows a picture of an actor playing a role
from Shakespeare. From a prompter, one responds to the picture with the
lines from a role of one's choosing--Juliet responding to Romeo, for example.
While this exchange is going on, the whole procedure is videotaped. One can
then play the videotape back, watching oneself interact with the actor, for
all the world as if one were really in the film with that person.
My memory is that an interactive display of this kind is planned for the
new Globe on Bankside. If they can afford it, the unemployed dustmen can
make videotapes of themselves playing a Shakespearean role opposite an actor
of their choosing. Maybe they will regard this as adequate compensation for
the loss of their jobs.