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Re: Assorted MV: Characters, Bassanio, Correction,
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0731. Tuesday, 13 September 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Ralph Alan Cohen <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Sep 1994 15:00:33 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 8 Sep 1994 to 10 Sep 1994
 
(2)     From:   Arthur Pearson <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Sep 1994 10:17:50 -0600
        Subj:   Merchant
 
(3)     From:   Tom Clayton <TSC@UMNACVX.BITNET>
        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Sep 1994 07:32:24 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   MV Characters, etc.
 
(4)     From:   Chip DuFord <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Sep 1994 18:05:00 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0724  Re: MV Characters
 
(5)     From:   Robert Lloyd Neblett <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Sep 1994 13:39:06 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Peter Sellars' MERCHANT
 
 
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From:           Ralph Alan Cohen <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Sep 1994 15:00:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 8 Sep 1994 to 10 Sep 1994
 
David Collins ranks Bassanio with Gratiano as the play's chief anti-semites. I
think he meant Antonio, since it is Antonio (not Bassanio) who spat at Shylock
and kicked him.  In fact, I am indebted to a former actor in the SSE, Darren
Setlow, for his insight into Bassanio.  I must have been going on about how all
the gentiles in the play were anti-semitic, and Darren, who was playing
Bassanio objected.  He pointed out that Bassanio's use of "Jew" is always as a
descriptive reference to Shylock, never as a substitute for his name, and that
he never connects his angry epithets for Shylock to his Jewishness.  And he
does, afterall, invite Shylock to dinner.  Somehow seeing the difference
between Bassanio's habit of mind in thinking about Shylock's being Jewish helps
make even clearer the differnce between hating someone for what he does and
hating him for what he is.
 
Ralph Cohen
James Madison University
 
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From:           Arthur Pearson <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Sep 1994 10:17:50 -0600
Subject:        Merchant
 
Regarding Mr. Godshalk's comments regarding the minor characters Salerio and
Salerino:  while all characters serve a *function*, Shakespeare also gives them
character.  An actor cannot (or should not) play function else the play becomes
little more than an itellectual exercise.  The actor may (must) play character,
in which case the play may come alive.
 
Arthur Pearson
Great Lakes Protection Fund

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From:           Tom Clayton <TSC@UMNACVX.BITNET>
Date:           Tuesday, 13 Sep 1994 07:32:24 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        MV Characters, etc.
 
Not for the first time or, I have no doubt, the last, a phrase dropped out of
my communication where I intended to refer to the "three major INDIVIDUAL-PLAY
editions" of Shakespeare's plays--as Arden, New Cambridge, and Oxford. I
certainly did NOT intend to suggest that any particular collected edition such
as the Oxford was _not_ major. If the Oxford is not a major edition in our
time, whatever its readings or deferrals at any given point, I am an
Oxfordian's uncle.
 
     Cheers, Tom
 
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From:           Chip DuFord <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Sep 1994 18:05:00 EDT
Subject: 5.0724  Re: MV Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0724  Re: MV Characters
 
In response (and support) for Godshalk's (and others) references to Salerio and
Salerino not being worth sweating over, I can speak from recent experience that
the more an actor has to chew on as far as substance of role, the more he'll
enjoy portraying the character (and the character will be richer as well.)  I
just played Salerio (sans Salerino) about 5 years ago, and the character was
already thin enough as it was.  We (I and the actor playing Solanio)
affectionately referred to ourselves as the "scenario" brothers (basically
coming on in between bits of interesting action - i.e. the two suitors - and
delivering exposition about what happened off-stage.)  My advice!!  Stick to
two characters, Salerio and Solanio.  There's a script available from pelican
or penguin with cuts and additions to support this.
 
                                     Chip DuFord
 
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From:           Robert Lloyd Neblett <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Sep 1994 13:39:06 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Peter Sellars' MERCHANT
 
If anyone knows anything about the Goodman production of MERCHANT OF VENICE
directed by the avant-garde Peter Sellars which is running in Chicago, please
let me know about it.  I want to see it, but before I make a trip to Chicago, I
want to know what to expect.  I love Peter Sellars' work (I watched 2 of the 3
Mozart operas he did on PBS and thoroughly enjoyed them), but am curious to see
what he does with the Bard.
 
If you know of any articles or reviews which have been printed regarding this
production, please forward that info as well.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Robert Neblett

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