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Re: Tygres Heart Adaptation H6; Humor
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0514.  Monday, 26 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   David R. Maier <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Jun 1995 13:00:23 -0700
        Subj:   Tygres Heart adaptation of H6
 
(2)     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jun 1995 09:31:06 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0509 Re: Humor
 
 
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From:           David R. Maier <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 Jun 1995 13:00:23 -0700
Subject:        Tygres Heart adaptation of H6
 
In response to an earlier post regarding the Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company's
upcoming production of Henry VI Part Only, Gavin Witt said:
 
"It sounds like a fascinating and difficult project.  On what basis have you
all chosen to cut material--trying to reduce the whole to a distillation of the
original narrative, or focusing on particular elements at the expense of
others?  And with what size cast will it be presented?"
 
The principal focus of the adaptation will be the leadership trajectory from
the height of Henry V to the depths of Richard III.  Tygres Heart has produced
one history each season in order (commencing with King John in its initial
season!!!!).  The focus has been on the issues of power and the question which
haunts all of the histories, i.e., what makes a good leader? Through a variety
of production concepts the company has highlighted the idiosyncracies presented
in each of the histories, always looking at those leadership qualities which
work and those which don't, at least as seen through lens of Shakespeare's
work.
 
Henry V represents the pinnacle of leadership and Richard III represents the
depths.  Between these two are the H6 plays.  Jan Powell's goal in the
adaptation is to focus on those elements in the three parts, both foreign and
domestic, which illuminate the incredible slide to the dark side.
 
With respect to the size of the cast, the principals have been cast but until
the editing is complete it will not be clear how much doubling will be
possible.  It is expected to be in the range of 20.
 
--
David Maier

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Date:           Monday, 26 Jun 1995 09:31:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0509 Re: Humor
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0509 Re: Humor
 
Dear Gail Burns, I'm glad that you brought up THE DIARY OF A NOBODY, an
absolutely hilarious account of the true misery of life in Victorian suburban
England. Poor Mr. Pooter and his dear wife, Carrie, and friends, Comings and
Gowing, etc., perhaps can only be appreciated by other authentic nobodys, with
nightmarish social lives. Originally sketches in PUNCH, my edition has as
co-author with George Grosssmith, Weedon Grosssmith. It's Bristol: Arrowsmith,
10th ed., 1935. I'm indebted to the good friend, and fellow Shakespearean, who
led me to it. Yours for more of comings and goings, Ken Rothwell
 

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