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Re: Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0298.  Saturday, 15 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Sharon Beth Cinnamon <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Apr 1995 00:00:24 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0276 Re: Shakespeare and Company
 
(2)     From:   Steven Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
        Date:   Saturday, 15 Apr 95 07:02:10 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0276  Re: Shakespeare and Company
 
 
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From:           Sharon Beth Cinnamon <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Apr 1995 00:00:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0276 Re: Shakespeare and Company
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0276 Re: Shakespeare and Company
 
I trained with Shakespeare & Co.the summer of '93.  Their teaching methods and
their attention to voice (Linklater) and text are wonderful, especially for
teachers.  But the program is not for everyone -- a fact they make clear during
the audition/screening process.  It's emotionally and physically challenging.
 
I'm currently swamped in the last two weeks of the semester, like many of you,
so I have no time to elaborate.  However, if anyone has specific questions I'd
love to answer them.
 
--Sharon Cinnamon
 
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From:           Steven Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
Date:           Saturday, 15 Apr 95 07:02:10 EDT
Subject: 6.0276  Re: Shakespeare and Company
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0276  Re: Shakespeare and Company
 
A cautionary tale about Shakespeare and Company's training and its stresses:
some years ago at a demonstration of their methods, a participant wrenched a
shoulder during one of the physical exercises.  Rather than sending for help,
the leader encouraged the participant to "tough it out."  This was supposed to
be part of the benefit (and seems to have been drawn from or modeled on what
was then fashionable "est" training-indoctrination).  Only after repeated
requests and the insistence of other participants was medical help called, and
the participant was found to have dislocated the joint.  Many kinds of training
can lead to benefits; intense physical dedication and mental stress can also
warp or wound.  "True believers" seem to be among the many folk that W.
Shakespeare warns us about.
 
Gardening in the minefield,
                           Steve Urkowitz
 

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