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Re: Weimann; Tmp. Allusion; California Sh. Festival
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0526.  Monday, 3 July 1995.
 
(1)     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Jun 1995 23:02:05 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0523  Re: Weimann's Locus and Platea
 
(2)     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Sunday, 02 Jul 95 10:17:19 EDT
        Subj:   Another TEMPEST allusion
 
(3)     From:   Peter Scott <
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        Date:   Saturday, 01 Jul 1995 05:50:38 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   California Shakespeare Festival
 
 
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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Jun 1995 23:02:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0523  Re: Weimann's Locus and Platea
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0523  Re: Weimann's Locus and Platea
 
O.K. I admit it: I remember Weimann speaking about locus and platea -- at
least, I think I remember -- but I don't remember the distinction in any
detail.  And beyond my foggy recollection, I don't own a copy of his book,
and so I'd have to travel through hot, steamy Cincinnati to the library in
order to find out the difference between locus and platea. Can some kind
scholar save me the trip?
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Sunday, 02 Jul 95 10:17:19 EDT
Subject:        Another TEMPEST allusion
 
Percy Mackaye wrote and staged an outdoor, TEMPEST- inspired production called
CALIBAN BY THE YELLOW SANDS in 1916.   It was performed at the College of the
City of New York's stadium to commemorate the tercentenary of Shakespeare's
death.  The text included scenes from other Shakespeare plays besides THE
TEMPEST,
 
Mackaye was the son of James Morrison Steele Mackaye (1842-1894), the energetic
painter /actor /producer /playwright /inventor who gave London its first
American Hamlet and the theater its first overhead electric lighting and
folding seats.  The younger Mackaye wrote numerous plays, including the story
of the Wife of Bath s pursuit of Chaucer and the tetralogy THE MYSTERY OF
HAMLET, KING OF DENMARK - OR WHAT WE WILL, which presents the lives of
Shakespeare's characters in the years leading up to the action in HAMLET.  His
THE SCARECROW is an unjustly neglected American gem.
 
He pioneered the out-door public dramatic spectacle, a uniquely American form
that has all but disappeared except in the various Paul Green-style historical
epics and Anne Hamburger's En Garde Arts productions in New York.  In his
theater writings he opined that the large-scale, municipally supported,
dramatic production reinforced American values of democracy and community.
CALIBAN was not typical of the pageants Mackaye produced, which more often used
local history or folklore themes.  It is an example, though,  of how
Shakespeare was enlisted as the embodiment of national patriotic values in
America as it was in Britain in the WWI era.
 
I know of no modern re-printing of Mackaye's CALIBAN.  The only copy of the
original edition I've ever seen is the one I bought.  You will probably have to
look in a good research library to find it.
 
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From:           Peter Scott <
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Date:           Saturday, 01 Jul 1995 05:50:38 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        California Shakespeare Festival
 
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