Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0687. Thursday, 14 September 1995
From: Jim Helfers <ATJPH@ASUACAD.BITNET>
Date: Thursday, 14 Sep 1995 13:31:47 -0700 (MST)
Subject: As You Like It Queries
Yesterday, the head of our drama program came to me to ask about "As You Like
It." He's an innovative type, and has some staging ideas that include
large-screen T.V.'s as surveillance camera monitors, and a Forest of Arden that
includes both the clothing of L.L. Bean and blue-jean overalls. (Don't ask me
about the staging yet; I get to see it in rehearsal soon, and will describe it
then.) He recruited me to write the program notes.
As you may be able to tell, he sees the world of the court as relatively
sinister (see T.V. idea above), doesn't want to stress the humour-motivated
behavior which Shakespeare suggests (see AYLI I.1.c. 164 -- Oliver -- for my
soul (yet I know not why) hates nothing more than he . . ., or the whole idea
of Jaques as satirist), and wants to bring out in staging some of the internal
tensions in the pastoral scene (more on how he intends to do that later).
I'm especially interested in two things: first, does anyone know of any
readily available "As You Like It" versions on video? How about any audio or
CD-ROM multimedia materials?
Second, what do some of you think I should stress in the program notes? (Things
you say may spark more ideas in the staging department as well). I appreciate
any information and comments, and if we come up with a decently good (or
dreadfully stinky) run, I'll let you know the details.
Grand Canyon University