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Re: Thersites
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0318.  Friday, 8 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   David Evett <R0870%
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Apr 1994 09:11 ET
        Subj:   Casting Thersites
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Apr 1994 23:49:45 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0314  Re: The BBC Thersites
 
 
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From:           David Evett <R0870%
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Apr 1994 09:11 ET
Subject:        Casting Thersites
 
Directing <Troilus and Cressida> and looking for ways to get more women
involved I cast as Thersites a thin, bony, physically active young woman.  She
was wonderful--dived in and out of the scene from a sort of watchtower we
built for her at one side of the thrust stage, made her hands crawl over the
bodies of the men as she wheedled and sniped, crawled herself to mitigate
wrath or get a better view.  The palpable androgyny not only fit the character
but enhanced other ambiguities of the play.  The costuming was, shall we say,
eclectic; she fitted herself out in green tennis shoes, T-shirt, and black
jeans; this was before I'd ever seen Jonathan Dollimore, and I'm afraid I find
it hard to read his stuff now without thinking of Thersites.  Such are the
hazards of performance criticism.
 
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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Apr 1994 23:49:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0314  Re: The BBC Thersites
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0314  Re: The BBC Thersites
 
Thanks to all those who answered by question. I was especially amused by those
who insisted that the actor who played Thersites had three names: The
Incredible Orlando. Silly me, I thought that Orlando was the name.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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