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Re: Stage Devils
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0518.  Thursday, 9 June 1994.
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 16:18:51 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0513 Qs: Stage Devils
 
(2)     From:   Skip Shand <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 14:04 EDT
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(3)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
        Date:   Wednesday, 08 Jun 1994 21:03:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0513  Qs: Stage Devils
 
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 16:18:51 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0513 Qs: Stage Devils
 
RE:  John Cox's search for stage devils --
 
The listing of Middleton's THE PURITAN is incorrect.  There is a fake conjuring
of devils, but certainly no devils appear.  That is the point of the conjuring
scene, I believe.  Since the other plays on the list actually have devils
appearing on stage, perhaps this one should be deleted?
 
Helen Ostovich
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jun 1994 14:04 EDT
Subject: 5.0513  Qs: Stage Devils
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0513  Qs: Stage Devils
 
It's not a play (perhaps simply because it was written during a plague
closure), but Middleton's *The Black Book*, which I've edited for the
forthcoming Oxford Middleton, reads like a Jacobean one-man show in which
Lucifer rises on the stage of the Globe, tours the underside of London to
gather together his most loyal followers, proclaims his last will and testament
to them (Piers Penniless is the main benificiary), and departs to hell, again
via the stage! The text is very vivid first-person narrative, so much so that
I've been tempted to adapt it for performance. John, if you're interested, I
could perhaps send you my text/intro/notes-- e-mail me directly if that's of
use.
                                        Skip Shand
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Wednesday, 08 Jun 1994 21:03:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0513  Qs: Stage Devils
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0513  Qs: Stage Devils
 
Peele's BATTLE OF ALCAZAR (1588-89) has some incidental devils (third dumb
show).
 
Bill Godshalk
 

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