Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0725. Tuesday, 26 September 1995.
Date: Monday, 25 Sep 1995 23:10:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Jack Meets Alice
"Jack and Alice"--that is, Jack Falstaff and Dame Alice, the Merry Wife of
Bath. Shakespeare should have written it, but he nodded and penned instead
_The Merry Wives of Windsor_. Too bad, but we're here to rectify his lapse,
and we could use a hand or mind from you.
My senior English major seminarians at Rollins College (in Winter Park,
Florida) are turning our modest talents to this project, collaborating to
compose a new dramatic comedy, perhaps a musical comedy, in a style we hope
both Chaucer and Shakespeare will approve (we trust their spirits are
supervising our endeavor).
Rude mechanicals though we must be in such an grandiose enterprise, we feel
compelled to bring about the meeting of these two comedic monuments (or
monsters), Jack and Alice. We posit that the Canterbury pilgrims Jack robbed
in 1H4 were Geoffrey's jolly company. (The time's off by a tad, but what o'
that, it's near enough.)
We're busy now drenching ourselves in Chaucer's tales and portraits, and we'll
soon review the four plays representing Sir John Sack and Sugar. So, while
we're steeping, we appeal to you to join our earnest game.
Tell us what episodes you suppose must ensue from this most rare encounter.
What wit sallies will scintillate? What songs will be sung? What plots and
counterplots will brood and hatch? What themes will resonate? And how can we
pull all this off, yet do no violence to the original story lines?
Collude with us, we beseech you. Join in our sport. We welcome your
imagination and your wit, with which we know you to be nobly graced and well
With humble thanks,