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Qs: Child Parts; Sh in Bush; *King John*; Directing Sh
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0269.  Thursday, 6 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Gabriella C. Marino <
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        Date:   Wednesday,  5 Apr 95 23:40:54 GMT
        Subj:   Child actors
 
(2)     From:   John Mills <JMILLS@ARIZVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Apr 1995 14:53:48 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   [Shakespeare in the Bush]
 
(3)     From:   Ray Allen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Apr 1995 18:44:00 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Arthur's Blinding in *King John*
 
(4)     From:   Lurana OMalley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Apr 1995 06:38:41 -1000
        Subj:   Directing Shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Gabriella C. Marino <
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Date:           Wednesday,  5 Apr 95 23:40:54 GMT
Subject:        Child actors
 
Hello all,
 
I'm a student at the second university of Rome and I'm currently studying
Winter's Tale and The Tempest.
 
My question is this: who played the children's parts in Shakespeare's plays? My
professor doesn't know. This question came to my mind reading Mamillius' part
in Act II Scene I which would be grotesque, IMHO, if spoken by an adult dressed
up as a seven-year-old.
 
Also, how did the actors manage to dress up as women who then disguised
themselves as men? Did they wear a man's disguise on top of their disguise as a
woman?
 
Thank you very much for your help,
 
Gabriella C. Marino
Seconda Universita' di Roma, Tor Vergata
Rome, Italy

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From:           John Mills <JMILLS@ARIZVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 05 Apr 1995 14:53:48 -0700 (MST)
Subject:        [Shakespeare in the Bush]
 
[Editor's Note: We have discussed this essay in the past and at this point I
I would normally recommend the Database Function.  However, because of disk
space problem and because the move to Bowie State has not yet happened, we
only have access to this year's logs and not those of the first five years.
Soon everything will be available, but in the meantime this question goes out
to everyone.  --HMC]
 
A student has asked me to help him track down something called "Shakespeare in
the Bush."  To the best of his recollection it is an account, possibly
fictional, possibly factual of responses to *Hamlet* by a group of African
bushmen.  I remember such a title from many years ago, early 60s perhaps, and
remember it as a factual account of an adaptation/production of the play, in
Swahili, by African students with tribal backgrounds.  But I have no idea where
I saw it.  I would appreciate any information anyone might have on such a
topic, by that title or another.--John Mills, English, Univ. of Arizona.
 
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From:           Ray Allen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Apr 1995 18:44:00 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Arthur's Blinding in *King John*
 
I just finished reading King John, and, despite it's being criticized for being
uneven and poorly ended, I enjoyed it for the verse and prose while trying to
ignore the storyline.
 
In act III John persuades Hubert to kill Arthur, the true heir to the throne of
England.  In Act IV, it turns out that John wants Arthur blinded with hot irons
before being killed.  Why?
 
Up to this point in the story, John hasn't evinced any particular hatred for
Arthur.  I understand, of course, that John wants no rivals for the throne
fomenting rebellion in the land or whipping France into sanctimonious
frenzy--but blinding?  Is this another flaw?  Was it some sort of tradition?
Did I miss a line somewhere?
 
Your comments, answers, speculations will be appreciated.
                Ray Allen
 
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From:           Lurana OMalley <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Apr 1995 06:38:41 -1000
Subject:        Directing Shakespeare
 
Directing Teachers and others:
 
I am currently putting together a theatre course in directing that deals with
directing period ("classic") plays as well as non-realistic drama of the 20th
century. The course is an intermediate directing course which will take the
students beyond the proscenium realism of our department's Beginning Directing
course.
 
One section of the course will deal specificlly with strategies for directing
Shakespeare.
 
Does anyone on the list have pedagogical resource material to suggest on this
topic?
 
I am looking for textbooks in particular but am also interested in articles, or
videos, or other resources.
 
Please post any ideas to the list or to my e-mail below.
 
Many thanks,
 
Lurana Donnels O'Malley
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
1770 East-West Road
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel#  808-956-9609
FAX#  808-956-4234

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