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Re: First Times with Shakspeare
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0178.  Thursday, 3 March 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Chris Kendall <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Mar 1994 10:53:06 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   First times
 
(2)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 02 Mar 1994 16:05:36 -0600
        Subj:   Re: Introductory Experiences with Shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Chris Kendall <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Mar 1994 10:53:06 -0700 (MST)
Subject:        First times
 
From my early high-school days, my father and I would play a game involving
quotes from Shakespeare.  One of us would quote a passage and the other
would have to name the play.  Extra points were awarded for character, act,
scene, addressee, etc.  This game went on for years, that is until I got
better at it than he, then it sort of fell out of favor.
 
Funny, I think the same thing happened with chess.
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 02 Mar 1994 16:05:36 -0600
Subject:        Re: Introductory Experiences with Shakespeare
 
I remember watching Shakespearean productions on that amazing new invention,
television, in the 1950s, but was most memorably introduced to the playwright
in my sophomore year in high school when we read *Julius Caeser*. This was
before the public school I attended discovered I was bright and put me into
college prep courses, so my class was a very mixed bag. Our amazing teacher,
Daniel Przybylowski, managed to get ALL of us involved with an astonishing
array of teaching skills that I envy to this day. My love affair has continued
ever since, and I introduced my children to Will with a production of *Romeo
and Juliet* which they saw when they were 7 and 5 years old. They're still
hooked now at the advanced ages of 14 and 12. In fact, daughter Jane played a
small part in and served as assistant director for her middle school's
production of *R and J* last year. We also trekked to Chicago from the Twin
Cities four years ago this spring to see Kenneth Branagh's company perform *A
Midsummer Night's Dream* and *King Lear* (with Emma Thompson as the fool!).
Terrific shows, both of them! And, as with other languages, children seems to
have much less difficulty attuning their ears to Elizabethan English than
college age students or adults.
 
--Chris Gordon, English, U of Minnesota
 

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