Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0623. Monday, 18 July 1994.
Date: Saturday, 16 Jul 1994 00:21:38 -0700
Subject: Vacationing Artistic Director seeks London/Stratford
contacts and info
This message is posted for Jan Powell, a member of the List:
I am the Artistic Director of the Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland,
Oregon. I will be vacationing with my 9 year old daughter in England from July
29 through August 15 and am interested in making contact with the theatre
community in London and Stratford, in seeing good theatre and in finding
reasonably priced B&B type accommodations.
Tygres Heart produces uniquely American Shakespeare in an intimate, blood- red
experimental theatre in Portland's Center for the Performing Arts. My company
trains together in Shakespearean stagecraft, the cornerstone of our work being
textual analysis based upon a specific technique of disciplined metrical
interpretation. After a study of the text, we approach the work as though it
had never been performed, the concept springing from a sense of love and
irreverence. (As a side-note, Tygres Heart is hosting the 1995 annual meeting
of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.)
It is important to me to establish a network of theatre scholars and
practitioners to broaden our work and incorporate influences from around the
world. I would like to establish contact with members of the British theatre
community to discuss interpretation, production and the possibility of
1) I would like to talk with production people at the RSC and the National;
also any directors, producers, etc. who are taking unique approaches to the
interpretation of Shakespeare. If anyone could suggest names and a way to make
contact, please let me know.
2) The York Mystery Plays: Are they being produced this year? We hosted them
in Portland several years ago and would like to reestablish contact.
3) I would also appreciate a run-down on current productions and any
suggestions or recommendations of what to see and what to avoid.
4) If anyone knows of any reasonably priced, cozy B&B type accommodations
close-in to London I would appreciate a referral.
5) I would also appreciate a referral if anyone knows of a family in London
with a 9-ish year old child who might like to make an American friend (when my
daughter completely loses patience with all of my other activities).
6) I am directing a production of Henry V this season and have been giving some
thought to a trip to Agincourt and/or Harfleur. Having never been to either of
these places I have no idea whether there is anything there which would make
such a trip worthwhile. Any suggestions on those or other particularly
pertinent Henry V-related sites would be helpful.
7) I would like to contact Clare West, a choreographer with, I believe, either
the English National Opera or the English Touring opera. Her notable work
recently has been with Phillip Glass. Does anyone know how to reach her?
Thank you for your assistance.