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Re: Shrew in Performance
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0171.  Wednesday, 6 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 05 Mar 96 16:27:53 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0169  Shrew in Performance

(2)     From:   Daniel M Larner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Mar 1996 18:43:37 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0169 Shrew in Performance


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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Mar 96 16:27:53 EST
Subject: 7.0169  Shrew in Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0169  Shrew in Performance

I found Robert Appelbaum's post very interesting: what indeed can we do if we
want to see more or fewer Shakespeare productions, more or fewer of his
contemporaries' plays, more or fewer original scripts . . . . Formulate it as
you please, but one answer remains the same. If you want more of a certain kind
of production, OFFER STRONG SUPPORT. Financial support is always welcome, but
an academic can also provide dramaturgical support. And most of us are quite
capable of serving as directors or box office staff or performers. Admittedly
these suggestions are of greater use in a community theater setting than a
professional. Yet I do know of community theaters that produce original scripts
and experimental plays.  Forgive me for preaching to the choir, as I
suspect I am doing, but I don't often have the chance to say that I think we
should put our money and our time into supporting the arts.

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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Mar 1996 18:43:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 7.0169 Shrew in Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0169 Shrew in Performance

I founded the New Playwrights Theatre here at Western Washington University in
the 70's, and we have since done several hundred short student works.  There
are several opportunities to stage new works in Seattle, including a festival
each year, but it's meager relative to the need, and not much new gets staged
outside of special occasions like the festival.  I agree with Richard
Applebaum.  In the theatre we need to take up this banner and start staging
more new plays, including in university programs.  If they are good, people
will come.

Daniel Larner
 

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