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Re: Shakespeare Course: Text and Theater
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0603.  Thursday, 3 August 1995.
 
From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Aug 1995 13:36:36 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare: Text and Theater Course
 
I would like members of the list to be aware of a one-week course,
"Shakespeare: Text and Theater" to be offered through the Shakespeare Centre at
Stratford-uon-Avon, England, June 16-22, 1996. It is designed for anyone
interested in seeing and discussing performance choices in six RSC productions.
Undergraduate or graduate credit is available through the University of Nevada,
Reno. Those who would like a syllabus and further information can reply
privately to me at 
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I have included the syllabus so you can see that this is an educational, not a
profit-making endeavor. If you publish the notice, you may wish to publish the
syllabus, too, or not. I'm not sure what your policy is on these issues.
Thanks. Joanne
 
Syllabus:
 
Joanne Walen
Shakespeare Express
11500 Pickens Drive
Reno, Nevada 89511
Telephone: 702-852-1637
e-mail: 
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August 2, 1995
 
It looks as if the Shakespeare Express will take off to Stratford for the
week of June 16-22, 1996. Or it might be June 23-29, depending on which week
is "dark" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Dr. Robert Smallwood
and I are at present planning on the earlier week, but we can't be absolutely
sure until the RSC schedule is released in early February.
 
The estimated cost of the course: lodging, meals (breakfast and dinner),
coaches, tickets, classes, and collection from the airport and return would
be about L455 per person (based on a group of 20); at a 1.6 exchange
rate--subject to change--that's $728 for seven days, with airfare extra. I
will work on getting a group airfare rate; however, people who are not in
Reno should be able to depart from their own cities. Favorable rates out of
Reno seem to hover around $700-800 during June. Lodging is in guest houses (B
& B's), with breakfasts and dinners provided on the non-London evenings.
Lunches are at a place of your own choice.
 
A timetable of events for the week would look something like this (play
titles can't be listed until after February), based on a similar one-week
course for this year:
 
Sunday: Arrive in Stratford; dinner at the guest houses
 
Monday: 10:00 am, Dr. Smallwood introduces the course; 11:00 am, tea (every
day); 11:30 am, "Shakespeare and Stratford"; 2:30 pm, lecture on Play 1; 4:00
pm, RSC session #1(personnel, actors); 7:30 pm, performance of Play 1
 
Tuesday: 9:15 am, visit Shakespeare's Birthplace; 10:00 am, discussion of
Play 1; 11:30 am, lecture on Play 2; 2:00 pm, depart by coach for London
theater; 7:15 pm, performance of Play 2
 
Wednesday: 10:00 am, discussion of Play 2; 11:30 am, RSC session #2; 1:45 pm,
depart by coach for visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage at Shottery and Mary
Arden's home at Wilmcote; 4:15 pm, lecture on Play 3; 7:30 pm, performance of
Play 3 at RSC with backstage tour after the play
 
Thursday: 9:30 am, discussion of Play 3; 11:00 am, lecture on Play 4; 1:30
pm, matinee performance of Play 4; free evening (could see an additional
play)
 
Friday: 10:00 am, discussion of Play 4; 11:30 am,  lecture on Play 5; 2:30
pm, lecture on Play 6; 4:00 pm, RSC session #3; 7:30 pm, performance of Play
5
 
Saturday: 9:30 am, discussion of Play 5; 11:00 am, RSC session #4; 2:00 pm,
depart by coach for London; 7:15 pm, performance of Play 6. End of course.
 
Sunday: depart from London for home or other travel
 
As you can see, this would be quite a packed week. It is not designed as a
course for teaching how to use performance in the classroom, but rather how
to "read" performance text--hence the title-- Shakespeare: Text and Theater.
 
Credit would be available through the University of Nevada, Reno, probably
two graduate or undergraduate credits in either English or Education.
 

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