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Re; *Catch My Soul*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0230.  Monday, 20 March 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Louis Scheeder <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Mar 1995 23:42:54 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Catch My Soul
 
(2)     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Mar 1995 09:40:53 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0226 Re: Hippie *Othello*
 
 
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From:           Louis Scheeder <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Mar 1995 23:42:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Catch My Soul
 
I saw *Catch My Soul* in July of 1971 in the West End.  (A very hot summer by
English standards.)  It was a *rock* Othello - taking off from previous *rock*
productions of the period - *Your Own Thing* and the other Twelfth Night
musical from the same late sixties (67-68) period of off-Broadway.  CMS was set
in the Louisiana bayous.  Summer of 71 was towards the end of its run and my
memory recalls a fairly tatty production, with a dancing chorus woefully
inadequate, even for the West End at that time.  Much hearfelt emotion.
British views of American racism - towards both African-Americans and Asians -
played a large role in the reception of the piece.  The actor playing * Othello
* performed a curtain speech in which he thanked the British audiences for
allowing him both a stage and a voice.  Other period details - there were
ashtrays on the back of the seats and everyone seemed to be smoking (myself
included) during the performance.  Britain was going metric that summer and
both shillings and pence were circulating.  Nixon abandoned the gold standard
and currencies were allowed to float.  Memories of Olivier's Shylock at the
OldVic/National and Anthony Hopkins in *Woman Killed with Kindness* are more
fresh.  thanks.  had almost forgotten the CMS experience.
 
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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Mar 1995 09:40:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0226 Re: Hippie *Othello*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0226 Re: Hippie *Othello*
 
Dear J.A.Y., Quite possibly the "rock" OTHELLO you're searching for is CATCH MY
SOUL: SANTA FE SATAN. USA 1973. Dir. Patrick McGoohan. Originally it was on
stage in the 60's in London's West End, where I first saw it and was quite
amazed. In truth I didn't know what to make of it. Santa Fe Satan of course
turns out to be none other than Iago and Othello smothers Desdemona to
pulsating rock rhythms. It's a kind of Shakespearean JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.
McGoohan earlier appeared in ALL NIGHT LONG GB 1962, dir. Basil Dearden, which
did for jazz what CATCH MY SOUL did for rock. Johnny Dankworth and David
Brubeck appear among other musicians in this intriguing version. Ken Rothwell
 

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