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Re: Ghost Light; Q: *WT* Performances in 1994
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0179.  Tuesday, 7 March 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Roger D. Gross <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Mar 1995 20:45:00 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   ghost lights again
 
(2)     From:   A.G. Bennett <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Mar 1995 20:36:49 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   _The Winter's Tale_
 
 
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From:           Roger D. Gross <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Mar 1995 20:45:00 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        ghost lights again
 
I think Alice Marie Kroman has mixed GHOST LIGHT up with GHOST LOAD, another
theatrical phenomenon.
 
I'm not an electrician (as they say) but my understanding is this: when the
lamp load on a theatrical light is not high enough for the capacity of the
resistance device of the dimmer, a light may not completely dim out.  The
standard solution to this problem has been to connect another instrument to the
same circuit and mount it in the basement where it won't be seen.  The combined
wattage draw of the two instruments is sufficient to balance with the dimming
device and so the dim can be complete.  The power draw created by that basement
instrument is a GHOST LOAD.   This phenomenon seems to be characteristic of
both the older type resistance dimmers and the new electronic ones but for
not-quite-the-same reason.
 
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From:           A.G. Bennett <
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Date:           Monday, 06 Mar 1995 20:36:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        _The Winter's Tale_
 
Dear Shaksperians,
 
Does anyone know which theatre companies (besides the RSC) performed _WT_
during their 1994 seasons? Is it a figment of my imagination, or did last year
see a relative explosion in the performance of what has always struck me as one
of the least performed and analysed of Shakespeare's canon?
 
I'm doing a paper on my favourite Shakespeare play for a conference, so I'd be
interested in reading what others have to say on this.
 
Curiously,
Alex Bennett (
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