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Qs: *R3*; Doubling in *Ham.*; Anthology Request
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0886.  Thursday, 3 November 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Selene A. Athas <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Nov 1994 5:57 pm EST (22:57:49 UT)
        Subj:   Richard III
 
(2)     From:   David Joseph Kathman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Nov 94 18:45:38 CST
        Subj:   Doubling in *Hamlet*
 
(3)     From:   Thomas G. Bishop <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 2 Nov 1994 17:03:49 -0500
        Subj:   Anthology Request
 
 
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From:           Selene A. Athas <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Nov 1994 5:57 pm EST (22:57:49 UT)
Subject:        Richard III
 
This question goes out to anyone willing or able to answer it: I am a senior in
college working towards a BFA in Acting and currently taking an acting
Shakespeare course.  I am about to begin working on Scene ii of Act I of
Richard III, Lady Anne and Richard.  What is the significance of the use of
iambic trimeter in a portion of the scene?  Also, any other insight into the
scene, characters, and play in general would be much appreciated.
 
Thank you!
Selene Athas (
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From:           David Joseph Kathman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Nov 94 18:45:38 CST
Subject:        Doubling in *Hamlet*
 
As I was writing the other day about Don Foster's computer study of the
roles Shakespeare played as an actor (that message hasn't been posted yet
as I write, but probably will be by the time this appears), I remembered
that, according to Foster's tests, the two roles Shakespeare played in
*Hamlet* were the Ghost and the Player King --- when you think about it,
and inspired bit of doubling.  The question occured to me --- is this
ever done nowadays?  Has anyone ever seen a production of Hamlet where
the same actor played the Ghost and the Player King, and if so, what was
the effect?  There would seem to be some interesting possibilities there,
but I've never seen a production of *Hamlet* with extensive doubling, so
I don't know firsthand.
 
Thanks,
Dave Kathman

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From:           Thomas G. Bishop <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Nov 1994 17:03:49 -0500
Subject:        Anthology Request
 
I am teaching a graduate course in English Renaissance Drama next semester
and am looking to save my students some money by ordering an anthology of
plays to work from. However, I have had no luck finding a decent one that's
actually in print. Ayer Co had Schelling and Black's Typical Elizabethan
Plays in reprint until recently, but have informed me that it's no longer
available. Can anyone give me any suggestions of other anthologies I might
use? If not, does someone want to approach a publishing company with me to
develop a new one? Or is there no longer any demand for such things?
 
Yours in bafflement,
Tom Bishop
Case Western Reserve University
 

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