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Re: Comics; *AYL*; Thanks
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0708, Friday, 22 September 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Tad Davis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 1995 14:32:03 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare and Uncle Scrooge
 
(2)     From:   Peter Schmuckal <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 1995 13:45:46 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0706  Re: *AYL*
 
(3)     From:   Lawrence Manley <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Sep 1995 10:41:47 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Thanks
 
 
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From:           Tad Davis <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 1995 14:32:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Uncle Scrooge
 
I don't remember the story described in the recent message (where Uncle Scrooge
meets Shylock). But I'd like to set the record straight on one point.  The
artist in question is Carl Barks, the "duck man." If you've never read a Carl
Barks adventure story, take a break and give it a try. (I have a Carl Barks
Uncle Scrooge trading card pinned up in my cubicle in the upper left corner of
my Folio-derived poster of Shakespeare, from a flyer advertising "Mr. William
Shakespeares Documentary Life set forth by S. Schoenbaum and Printed according
to the True Originall Copies." That says it all: all three now marry in an
instant. I am contracted to them all.)
 
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From:           Peter Schmuckal <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 1995 13:45:46 -0700
Subject: 6.0706  Re: *AYL*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0706  Re: *AYL*
 
Sarah Richardson recent wrote:
 
>  ... While I respect the aversion to over-conceptualized productions and
>desire to make sure that concept doesn't overwhelm content, I simply don't
>believe it is either possible or desirable to produce Shakespeare that isn't
>conceptualized.  Nor do I understand what it means to simply perform "the
>words."
 
Absolutely!
 
I just had to respond to this post since I think it really hits the mark. As an
actor who performs Shakespeare frequently, I can concure that it is impossible
to just "say the words."  The words themselves are only a small part of the
presentation.  What is is underneath the words and what the character is trying
to accomplish by saying those words is what acting is all about.  You must make
decisions about what the character is trying to do at any given point.  If the
actor doesn't make choices and understand completely what is being said and why
he/she is saying it, then you can bet the audience won't either.
 
               - Peter Schmuckal  <
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From:           Lawrence Manley <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Sep 1995 10:41:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Thanks
 
My thanks to all those Shaksper-ians who responded to my queries about
fictional Marlowe and comic book Shakespeare.  What a wealth of material! Once
again this list demonstrates to me (but how to put it without bringing the
various champions to the lists?) that Shakespeare is universal.
 
Lawrence Manley
Yale University
 

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