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Re: The List; Chaste Maid; Parodies; CD ROMs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0191.  Sunday, 10 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Saturday, 09 Mar 1996 12:08:33 +0200
        Subj:   The List

(2)     From:   Gavin H Witt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 9 Mar 96 4:18:28 CST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0188 Chaste Maid in Cheapside Production

(3)     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Saturday, 09 Mar 1996 14:14:18 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0187  Re: Parodies

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        Date:   Saturday, 9 Mar 1996 20:12:36 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare on CD ROM


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From:           Florence Amit <
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Date:           Saturday, 09 Mar 1996 12:08:33 +0200
Subject:        The List

As Susan Mather suggests, just as the Ellizabethan theater was an unparalleled
opportunity for Shakespeare, the electronic conference may be for people who
did not get their degrees on time, like women, actors and other late comers.

                                                 Florence Amit

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From:           Gavin H Witt <
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Date:           Saturday, 9 Mar 96 4:18:28 CST
Subject: 7.0188 Chaste Maid in Cheapside Production
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0188 Chaste Maid in Cheapside Production

What a delight to hear that others are devoting themselves to non-Shakespearean
early modern drama, a body of work all too often left unexplored by American
companies--puzzlingly, given the rich and wondrous body of theatrical texts
(non-royalty, at that) available, with tremendously contemporary concerns.

Best  of luck with _Revenger's Tragedy_.  Interesting how the tragedies seem to
attract relatively more attention; _'Tis Pity_, _Duchess_, _White Devil_, etc.
Who's seen a production of _The Shoemaker's Holiday_ or _The Island Princess_
lately?

I'm a member of a new Equity ensemble in Chicago, greasy joan & co., with a
similar mission to produce neglected classics (though with a somewhat broader
perspective than only early modern).  Our production of _The Changeling_ opens
on March 15 and plays Thu-Sun through April 14 at Famous Door Theatre in
Chicago.  Anyone in the area or passing through should feel more than welcome
to attend; we'd love to have you.

I'm interested to know if there is anyone else on the list who similarly finds
themselves, with no slackened loyalty to the supreme achievement of
Shakespeare's literary or dramatic art, seeking out the full range of E'bethan
and Jacobean drama in production.  What has your experience been with audiences
reception of these works, given that they will tend to hold them up to the most
familiar model, namely Shakespeare or possibly Jonson?

Gavin Witt

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Saturday, 09 Mar 1996 14:14:18 +0000
Subject: 7.0187  Re: Parodies
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0187  Re: Parodies

In my experience the best parodies were Alan Melville's on the BBC in the late
fifties. He did the tavern scenes from the Henry IV's, full of forced jollity
and the incomprehensible oaths and quiddities that provoked it...not unlike the
RSC's *Much Ado* of 1991, as a matter of fact. Things such as "Take *that* for
a swing'd codpiece!" and other much less accessible imprecations.

Next in excellence for catching the sheer rapid boredom of
historical/geographical pentameter was, of course, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore,
Michael Bentine, Alan Bennett et al in their "Hence, saucy Worcester" sketch at
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1959, revived in the popular "Beyond The
Fringe".

Parody is a loving art, is it not, depending on assured facility and empathy
with the forms of the work parodied. Victor Borge collapsed this art into a
broader comedy for a broader audience, all power to him, but one of the best
remains Shakespeare's *The Mousetrap* in *Hamlet*, which provides pleasures of
its own for the less initiated in the audience as well as the knowing and
sometimes mean joys in those who recognise the full details of the parody. I
knew a Shakespeare professor who taught *The Mousetrap*, that delicious piece
of Danish Blue, with detailed praise, finding it some of the best verse in
*Hamlet*. How's that for a tin ear?

        Harry Hill
        [work nearly complete on recording the Elegy unparodically]

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From:           Derek Hamilton <
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Date:           Saturday, 9 Mar 1996 20:12:36 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare on CD ROM

Dear Nora,

The good news is that there is a *World Library's Greatest Books Collection* CD
ROM which contains 150 titles including all Shakespeare's plays, the Bible, the
Koran, and rather a lot of other titles of (mostly) American books.  I paid
$22. (Canadian) at a store in New Brunswick, Canada; I don't know what the
thing would cost elsewhere.  The address is World Library, Inc., 12914 Haster
Street, Garden Grove, CA 92640, Tel. 714-748-7197; FAX 714-748-7198.

The Bad news is that I don't know what the source text is, and there is no
critical apparatus.  The CD ROM works well as a concordance, though, if you
don't care particularly about the accuracy of the text.

Cheers,
Derek Hamilton
 

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