1994

*Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet*

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0042.  Tuesday, 18 January 1994.
 
From:           Blair Kelly III <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 17 Jan 1994 19:31:45 -0500
Subject:        Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet
 
I highly recommend to all SHAKSPEReans in the Washington, DC area the
play *Good Night, Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet* performed by the
Woolly Mammoth Theater Company until 13 February.
 
This play, by Ann-Marie MacDonald, is hilariously funny as well as
being a feast for lovers of the language of the Bard.  The acting by
the cast of five is just excellent.  Naturally the play concerns
Shakespeare's works of Othello and Romeo and Juliet, but to say much
more will give too much away.  Suffice it to say that I came away
yesterday with new insights into the characters of Desdemona and
Juliet.  I hope to find time in my busy schedule to see the performance
again, (something I rarely do) --- it is that good.
 
Wolly Mammoth's box office is 202-393-3939.
(I have no financial connection with Wolly Mammoth.)
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Blair Kelly III         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Re: Sack

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0041.  Sunday, 16 January 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Thomas G. Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Saturday, 15 Jan 94 16:30:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0038  Re: Sack
 
(2)     From:   Dennis Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 1994 13:49 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
 
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From:           Thomas G. Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 94 16:30:48 -0500
Subject: 5.0038  Re: Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0038  Re: Sack
 
The only advice I can offer the beer-drinking undergraduates longing for
Falstaffian swill is a visit to Auckland, New Zealand. In the middle of
downtown is a small pub called the Shakespeare Tavern, which brews a variety
of potions under its own roof.  Among the more potable of its offerings are:
"Hamlet Pilsener", "King Lear Old Ale", and a particularly nice
"Falstaff Stout"!
 
Happy guzzling,
 
Tom Bishop
 
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From:           Dennis Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 1994 13:49 EST
Subject: 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
To Ron Dwelle:
 
Sack is not a beer but a fortified wine originating in Spain and the Canaries
in the early 16th century, with some relationship to sherry.  The name
derives from Latin siccus (as in French sec), meaning dry.
 
No doubt your local vintner, Tony Parise, could tell you more.

Re: The Passage of Time in *Hamlet*

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0039.  Saturday, 15 January 1994.
 
From:           Piers Lewis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 08:28:13 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 5.0029  Q: The Passage of Time in *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0029  Q: The Passage of Time in *Hamlet*
 
Harley Granville-Barker says, as I remember, that the play ignores time until
Act V because that's what Hamlet is doing.

Re: Hypertext Shakespeare

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0040.  Sunday, 16 January 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Steven Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
        Date:   Saturday, 15 Jan 94 13:11:27 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0026  Hypertext Shakespeare
 
(2)     From:   Dennis Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 12:28 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
 
(3)     From:   Vint Cerf <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Sunday, 16 Jan 94 10:53 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Steven Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 94 13:11:27 EST
Subject: 5.0026  Hypertext Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0026  Hypertext Shakespeare
 
For Michael Best, a wish-list item:  perhaps a file of promptbooks available in
libraries and archives?  Randy McLeod has generated a geographical finding-list
from the play-by-play Shattuck PROMPTBOOKS volume.
 
The hypertext imagination grows by leaps and un-bounds . . .
 
                                          Thank you for your labors.
                                               Urk
 
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From:           Dennis Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 12:28 EST
Subject: 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
 
Bookworm Elctronic Publications of Nashville is producing a CD-Rom hypertext
edition of four popular Shakespeare plays, called The Shakespeare Quartet.
Intended for classroom and other pedogogic use, it will include R&J, MSD,
Hamlet, and Tempest in the Globe texts.  The engine, as they call it, will
allow the reader to call up textual and interpretative commentary, biblio-
graphic assistance, and performance history with pictures - all by highlighting
the lines at issue, or by referring to more general or thematic issues
relevant to the plays.  Its list price, I believe, will be about $50.
 
I know of this because they have leased the electronic rights to my book,
Looking at Shakespeare, for the pictures and performance commentary.  I
know that other scholars have been involved as well.  But I have not yet
seen the final product, so can make no comment on its value.
 
It will work in both Mac and MS/DOS environments.  Whether or not you
agree with the value of electronic-based study, I suspect this kind of
project will be used quite heavily in the future.
 
Dennis Kennedy, University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts
 
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From:           Vint Cerf <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 16 Jan 94 10:53 EST
Subject: 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0035  Re: Hypertext and Shakespeare
 
Michael,
 
Your questions are good ones. On the whole, it seems to me that one can readily
abuse almost any medium, hypertext included. One can also take traditional book
formats and totally abuse them by producing a completely disorganized rendering
of some particular topic.
 
One can produce a hypertext which can be read linearly, but which lends itself
to appeal to ancillary information if the reader is so inclined. Michael
Crichton's Jurassic Park, for example, is published in a hypertext format by
Voyager Press. There are no special clues for hypertext links visible, but one
can click on any word and may be vectored off to a link (usually to a rendering
and sound recording of a particular dinosaur). I think there is enough
flexibility in the concept of hypertext to allow an author to make the links as
apparent or a subtle as he or she desires. One could even turn on or off the
markings, classify them and render only those the reader desires, etc.
 
Vint

Re: Sack

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0038.  Saturday, 15 January 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Ron Macdonald <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:18:26 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Sack
 
(2)     From:   Tom Blackburn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:32:36 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
(3)     From:   Piers Lewis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 00:35:52 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
 
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From:           Ron Macdonald <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:18:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Sack
 
I hope Ronald Dwelle's beer-drinking undergraduates won't be excessively
disappointed, but sack is a wine (and thus not brewed at all), specifically
any of a number of strong, dry (sack is a variant of _sec_, "dry") wines
imported to England from Spain or the Canary Islands.  I believe it was a
"fortified" wine, like sherry or madeira, that is, a wine whose alcoholic
strength has been increased beyond the limit of simple fermentation by the
admixture of a brandy distilled from the wine itself.  Falstaff's "If sack
and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked" suggests that sack was too _sec_
for some English tastes and thus sweetened at the table in the way the
less enlightened of us sweeten coffee.  And isn't there still some sort of
booze marketed under the redundant name "Dry Sack," packaged in burlap as
an allusion to the kind of sack that has absolutely nothing to do with
the name of Falstaff's favorite tipple?
 
                                            Cheers anyway,
                                            Ron Macdonald
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From:           Tom Blackburn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:32:36 +0000
Subject: 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
Ron,
        You would have to inquire at a winery not a brewery for Falstaff's
favorite potable. "Sack" is  fundamentally Sherry (note the still available
brand "Dry Sack," though what Falstaff drank was probably not very dry).
 
Cheers, Tom Blackburn
 
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From:           Piers Lewis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 00:35:52 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
I always thought 'sack' was not beer but sherry--like the Dry Sack currently
available at your local liquor store. Am I wrong?

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