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New 1st Folio Facsimile; DC Birthday Party
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0311.  Monday, 17 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Eric Armstrong <
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        Date:   Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 17:05:02 -0400
        Subj:   The new first folio facsimile
 
(2)     From:   Blair Kelly III <
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        Date:   Saturday, 15 Apr 1995 21:54:09 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare Birthday Party in Washington, DC
 
 
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From:           Eric Armstrong <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 17:05:02 -0400
Subject:        The new first folio facsimile
 
I am not sure whether people have heard about this new publication which is a
revelation to me. As I am sure most people know, the remarkable Norton
Facsimile went out of print in 1990 and weighed A TON. Finding a second hand
copy has had me stumped. Yesterday, while in TheatreBooks (in Toronto) I found
a new edition, published by Applause, prepared and introduced by Doug Moston.
ISBN 155783184X for the soft cover edition, though there seems to be a hard
cover edition available for $250. (ouch) The softcover is listed at US$45, and
I got mine in Canada for CDN$62.95. The page size is apparently 90% of the real
thing and so it is a little easier to hold and lug around. The "greatest hits"
method of taking the best pages available has gone a bit further in this
edition, using some pages from the New York Public Library.
 
The introduction covers the basic concepts developed by Patrick Tucker and
those presented by Neil Freeman. It seems that the academics still find this
methodology a little absurd, but actors all over the English speaking world
seem to have embraced. I don't believe that this First Texts mode of
rehearsal/performance will go much further than a means to actor research, but
as such it has made a very large impression on the acting community. I would
love to hear comments on these theories (if they are well known). I have found
that it helps actors to make choices as they learn to study as Shakespearean
role and to learn what really helps them make contact with a character.
 
I look forward to reading a few plays solely from the facsimile and see what
the difference is.
 
Eric.
 
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From:           Blair Kelly III <
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Apr 1995 21:54:09 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare Birthday Party in Washington, DC
 
Fellow SHAKSPEReans,
 
You have always been kind enough to answer questions that members of the
Washington Shakespeare Reading Group pose (and that I post) that we consider
you honorary members of our group.  If any of you will be in the Washington, DC
area the evening of 22 April, please join us in our annual birthday bash for
Bill (Shakespeare - not Clinton).  (The formal invitation is below.)
 
And if any of you can suggest some embarrassing scenes (embarrassing for the
person saying the lines), I would like to hear your suggestions.
 
Blair Kelly III
Secretary, Washington Shakespeare Reading Group

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The Washington Shakespeare Reading Group cordially invites you and a friend to
attend our 1995 Shakespeare Birthday party to be held in Memorial Hall of the
Palisades Community Church
 
          The Palisades Community Church
          5200 Cathedral Avenue NW
          Washington, DC 20016
 
on Saturday 22 April beginning at 6:30 pm.  Dinner, the toast to William
Shakespeare, and Shakespearean entertainment (including Members Choice
Readings) will be the order of the evening.
 
Dr. Kenneth Adelman of the Institute for Contemporary Studies and the
Georgetown School for Continuing Education will give the toast to William
Shakespeare at the party.
 
Members are requested to bring a dish to share for the dinner.
 
Members are also reminded to choose something to read for the Members Choice
portion of the evening.  As always, members without something to read will be
assigned the most embarrassing scene that the Entertainment Director can find!
 
Dress is formal, informal, casual, costume, or what you will.
 
 
                   Blair Kelly III
                   Secretary, Washington Shakespeare Reading Group
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                   Odenton, MD 21113-2102
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