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Re: More Ado; Race/Class -- US/UK
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 585.  Saturday, 25 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Susan Harris <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Sep 1993 11:29:39 +0501 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting and More Ado
 
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        Date:   Saturday, 25 Sep 1993 1:06:20 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Race/Class; US/UK
 
 
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Date:           Friday, 24 Sep 1993 11:29:39 +0501 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting and More Ado
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0581 Re: Color-Blind Casting and More Ado
 
Just wanted to concur with the poster who liked Washington's scene with
Emma Thompson. I thought Washington, in general, was *great*, but that
scene in particular stood out for me as one of the high points--I think it
showed Branagh's originality better than some of the other decisions.
Every other time I've seen *Much Ado* that scene has been tossed off as
another bit of banter--playing it the way they did, Branagh, Thompson and
Washington gave us more insight into both Pedro and Beatrice in about
thirty seconds than I've seen in entire productions.
 
Also, someone mentioned Josette Simon playing Juliet in 1985--she was the
female lead in that production of *The White Devil* that I was talking
about. I didn't get to see her because she was ill the day we went, but
she was supposed to have been what really made that production happen.
This may have been true, because not much was happening the night I went
(although that may have been Webster's fault).
 
Susan Harris

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Date:           Saturday, 25 Sep 1993 1:06:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Race/Class; US/UK
 
     Edward Pechter wonders why the casting of Denzel Washington in
Branagh's *Ado* continues to enthrall, but "politics" is out.  The answer,
I think, is that race has the same political inflection in the US that class
has in the UK.  After all, I remember George Bush once saying that there
are no class differences in the US.  On the other hand, he never doubted
that race is an objective category.  Well, I guess I'll summer in Kenne-
bunkport next year too.
 
     On the central issue that Pechter raises, is the phrase "communities of
discourse" a term of art one can usefully apply to the "Theoretically
Interesting Point" about different emphases on the two sides of
theAtlantic?
 
Al Cacicedo (
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Albright College
 

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