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Re: Street Shakespeare; Revenge Plays
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0345.  Monday, 6 May 1996.

(1)     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Sunday, 5 May 1996 23:15:22 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0339 Re: Street Shakespeare

(2)     From:   Robert F. O'Connor <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 May 1996 16:28:14 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0324  Revenge Plays


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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Sunday, 5 May 1996 23:15:22 -0400
Subject: 7.0339 Re: Street Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0339 Re: Street Shakespeare

Something which always works in high school classes and could be adapted for
performance on the street: play out a series of insults, with appropriate
gestures and insinuations or "fighting stance" or cocktail party chatter, etc.,
etc. The richness of the language comes through, and the subtext is immediately
apparent. This might not sustain your entire performance, but it could
certainly be a part of it. Good sources of activities as well as insults:
_Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit_, (1991) Wayne Hill & Cynthia
Ottchen, MainSail Press, Cambridge (ISBN 0-9518684-0-3); _Shakespeare's Book of
Insults, Insights & Infinite Jests_, (1984) John W. Seder, Templegate Publ.,
Springfield, IL. (ISBN 0-87243-128-2); _Shakespeare for All Occasions_, (1981)
selected by Waldo Johns, Mongoose Publ., Yelm, WA.

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From:           Robert F. O'Connor <
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Date:           Monday, 6 May 1996 16:28:14 +1000
Subject: 7.0324  Revenge Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0324  Revenge Plays

Greetings All!

Gareth Euridge asked about revenge plays.  Great!  I've always had a soft spot
for them, myself.

As far as collections go, there is a Penguin set of four by John Ford, which
includes ''Tis Pity She's a Whore' (a personal favourite) AND 'The Revenger's
Tragedy' - which the editor is quite certain is Ford's, and not Tourner's.  And
thereby hangs a tale.  The Penguins are (usually) not too expensive, either.

But on the issue of revenge plays - have you considered including just ONE
Shakespeare revemge play?  Specifically, 'The Tempest'?

Note, I did say revenge play, not revenge tragedy.  And if you look at 'The
Tempest' from just a slightly different angle, that's what it is . . .

Rob O'Connor

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