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Re: Directing; Shakesbear; Newsgroup
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0484.  Thursday, 15 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Suzanne Westfall <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jun 95 11:37 BST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 6.0451 Re: Elizabethan Directors and Directing
 
(2)     From:   David Jackson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jun 95 13:48:14 est
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0479  Re: William Shakesbear
 
(3)     From:   Marty Hyatt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 11:39:49 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Usenet Shakespeare Newsgroup
 
 
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From:           Suzanne Westfall <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jun 95 11:37 BST
Subject: 6.0451 Re: Elizabethan Directors and Directing
Comment:        RE: SHK 6.0451 Re: Elizabethan Directors and Directing
 
In regard to directors, I know that William Cornish was paid for "his pageants"
at the court of Henry VII.  Many master of the Chapel were, I believe,
playwrights, designers, and most likely directors, especially for the children.
 Chamberlains in the Great Households were responsible for organizing
processions and revels, we know from precise orders in household books.
Whether the latter were more akin to contemporary stage managers than directors
is food for further thought.  As an actor and director myself, I know that the
actor frequently lacks an objective view of the play or the blocking, thought I
too have done the quick reblocking on tour routine.
 
The mechanics of acting (voice, blocking, gesture) are fairly easy for the
actors to handle.  The overall artistic unity, however, is another matter.
Directors, or very organic companies can manage this.  Whenever I've worked
without a director, I find that individual styles and interpretations rarely
mesh.  But maybe Shax's gang didn't care so much for unity of style anyway, and
went more for the star turn.
 
Suzanne Westfall

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From:           David Jackson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jun 95 13:48:14 est
Subject: 6.0479  Re: William Shakesbear
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0479  Re: William Shakesbear
 
If you strike out on the bear, and are still looking for something
Shakespearish, try the Bard-In-The-Box. I was given one for my birthday, and
it's certainly something worth having on one's desk. (For those unfamiliar with
it, it's a wooden box, about 6" on each side, from which pops a stuffed WS
holding a quill pen and a sonnet.) I think they run about $20.
 
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From:           Marty Hyatt <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 11:39:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Usenet Shakespeare Newsgroup
 
Fellow SHAKSPERians:
 
There seems to be some confusion regarding the proposed Usenet newsgroup.  The
proposal has nothing to do with SHAKSPER, the mailing list, except that the
announcements regarding the group creation are being posted on SHAKSPER as a
courtesy for everyone's information, since the listmembers have an obvious
interest in Shakespeare.  The proposal is merely to create a new Usenet
newsgroup with Shakespeare as the topic of discussion, NOT to change the
SHAKSPER list in any way.
 
Please help the people that want the new Usenet group, even if you will never
take a look there yourself.  Some people cannot join mailing lists or cannot
join any more mailing lists without mailbox overload.  They can look in on a
Usenet group from time to time as they please without any mailbox consequences.
Some of us on the SHAKSPER list will also look in on the new group.
 
The Call for Votes will be posted soon.  Nobody is forced to vote. But it only
takes a one line email message to help create something useful for some fellow
Shakespeare lovers (hint hint!).
 
Martin Hyatt <
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