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Qs: Girl Actors; Shrew Induction; ISA
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0254.  Wednesday, 3 April 1996.

(1)     From:   Robert Appelbaum <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Apr 1996 09:54:23 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Girl Actors

(2)     From:   Mike Field <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Apr 1996 16:27:34 -0500
        Subj:   Shrew Induction

(3)     From:   Cary M. Mazer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Apr 1996 07:47:49 -0500
        Subj:   ISA


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From:           Robert Appelbaum <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 1996 09:54:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Girl Actors

If the Elizabethans liked using boys to play girls, later societies have often
used girls to play boys.  It was common in Italian opera.  The American actress
Mary Martin had her biggest Broadway hit playing Peter Pan.  I understand that
on some occasions in the 19th century the part of Romeo was frequently played
by a woman, which to me, among other things, indicates that the Victorians may
have had something of a queer notion as to who Romeo was.  Can anyone supply me
with references to discussions or documents concerning Romeo played as a
"breech part" in the 19th century? All I've been able to come up with so far is
documentation of one particular production late in the century, and offhanded
remarks by a few critics that this kind of production was "common."  Your help
would be very much appreciated.

Robert Appelbaum

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From:           Mike Field <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 1996 16:27:34 -0500
Subject:        Shrew Induction

I wonder who out there has seen Shrew done with the Christopher Sly induction,
the interludes and the epilogue (which all occur as an appendix in the Arden
edition)? Anyone? Does Sly stay on stage the whole time? Does this framing
device distance the story of Kate and Petruchio from us? To what purpose?

Although I would welcome the theoretical I am especially interested in the
practical since this is on behalf of a friend who has decided to stage the
"compleat" Shrew. Anyone with any experience as participant or spectator to
this take on Shrew out there? Any comments at all would be welcome, direct or
to the list.

Mike Field
Johns Hopkins University

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From:           Cary M. Mazer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 1996 07:47:49 -0500
Subject:        ISA

An overseas member of my seminar at the ISA next week (who is not on e-mail)
has just lost her roommate for the week of the ISA conference in Los Angeles
and, at the last minute, is seeking someone with whom she can share
accommodations.  If you are interested, please contact her (in Brazil) by phone
or FAX (before she leaves for the US on Friday).:

Maragarida Rauen
Phone: 55-41-254-8726
FAX:  55-41-257-6120

Thanks.
Cary M. Mazer
 

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