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Re: Dying/Saving Theatre
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0217.  Saturday, 16 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Mar 1996 14:26:31 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: Saving Theatre comment by Terence Hawkes

(2)     From:   Denis Knowles <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Mar 1996 19:50:26 -0800
        Subj:   Dying Theatre

(3)     From:   Harvey Wheeler <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Mar 96 06:35:57 UT
        Subj:   RE: SHK 7.0212  Re: Dying/Saving Theatre


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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Mar 1996 14:26:31 +0000 (HELP)
Subject:        Re: Saving Theatre comment by Terence Hawkes

The prancing viewed as pretentious by the righteously righteous rather than by
the blind self-righteous is preferable to the poorly ambiguous prancing of
political actors in front of the professional avant-garde audience who respond
to anything they think they understand. As an actress friend of mine observed
before the curtain rose on the pair of us doing an Ayckbourn play some years
ago at the second show on a Saturday night, "Who the fuck do they think they
are, my dear, coming in here drunk and bedrugged out of their minds, expecting
us to entertain them and consolidate their opinions? Who the FUCK do they think
they ARE?"

        Harry Hill
        Montreal

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From:           Denis Knowles <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Mar 1996 19:50:26 -0800
Subject:        Dying Theatre

Theatre Dying?  Look up the number of active professional for profit and
non-profit theatres as well as the number of serious part time theatres in the
USA between the years immediately following the second world war, or before it
for that matter, and the number of theatres in the last two decades.  Not for
profit theatres alone grew from a handful to between 3 & 400 as of eight years
ago.  If they are now decreasing in number I have not seen it.

Denis Knowles, AS, BFA, BS

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Date:           Saturday, 16 Mar 96 06:35:57 UT
Subject: 7.0212  Re: Dying/Saving Theatre
Comment:        RE: SHK 7.0212  Re: Dying/Saving Theatre

I'd read otherwise;

>Of course, Plato thought the theatre was dead, too -- or at least, that he
>could kill it.

>Jim Schaefer

This is not relevant to your main point but -

I read the situation...

That with the addition of the third character and the transcription of the oral
Socratic (theatrically performed) dialogue, Plato believed (correctly) that he
could transform the dramatic form into a formal dialectical (performed on the
"porch" in precise stichometric dialogues) education-delivery process.
 

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