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Re: About This List
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0233.  Thursday, 21 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Mar 1996 22:55:51 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0227 Re: About This List

(2)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Mar 96 09:28:06 -0600
        Subj:   about this list/Barton videos


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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Mar 1996 22:55:51 -0500
Subject: 7.0227 Re: About This List
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0227 Re: About This List

Schoolchildren on this list?  I would think that most people might find it
interesting and perhaps entertaining to hear what my 7-year-old son thought
about his character of Mamillius and indeed about the whole world of *WT*.  He
picked up far more than I would have thought possible, and in fact remembered
lines from scenes that he had the opportunity to see only two or three times.

His thoughts on theatre and acting in general?  "It's like there's a wall
there, and on the other side is a big, black universe."

...which is, I believe, far more pertinent to discussion about Shakespeare than
many academic arguments I have read.

Let's not be snobs.

Dale

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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Mar 96 09:28:06 -0600
Subject:        about this list/Barton videos

In response to Gabriel Egan's request that members of SHAKSPER express their
opinions about list membership: I believe that we should welcome anyone who
loves Shakespeare and is interested in his work, regardless of academic status,
age, professsion, etc. My training is in literature, I teach Shakespeare
(occasionally), I see the plays whenever I can and am most interested in them
as _plays_ (while still finding some of the contemporary theoretical arguments
interesting, if not always enlightening). I spent a month last summer working
with professional theater people in a workshop at Shakespeare and Company and
gained a much deeper appreciation for the work that actors and directors and
technical theater folks do in order to produce the plays. I'm part of a group
that gets together monthly to read the plays aloud--I'm the only academic
currently participating, but everyone is committed and enthusiastic: the
participants range in age from 13 to 50 (anyone else on this list who lives in
the Minneapolis-St Paul area is invited to join us: just e-mail me!). What
continues to make this list interesting to me is the range and variety of
contributions and I would like to see that continue.

On another issue, I just wanted to mention that I have been screening the
series of "Playing Shakespeare" videos produced in Britain with the RSC (Trevor
Nunn hosts the first two, John Barton the rest; there are a total of 11
50-minute tapes). I had seen snippets of these before, but never the whole set.
They are remarkable, and provide some of the most intelligent discussion/
performance of Shakespeare's texts that I have seen. I recommend them
enthusiastically.

Chris Gordon
 

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