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Re: Red Play, White Play; Festivals
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0975.  Friday, 27 December 1996.

(1)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Dec 96 16:07:39 CST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0972  Qs: Red Play, White Play

(2)     From:   Paul Nelsen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 24 Dec 1996 08:54:14 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0972 : Red Play, White Play

(3)     From:   Skip Nicholson <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Dec 1996 14:19:50 -0800
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Dec 96 16:07:39 CST
Subject: 7.0972  Qs: Red Play, White Play
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0972  Qs: Red Play, White Play

I read in the theater column in our local paper that the two plays opening at
the Globe in 1997 would be _Henry V_ and _The Winter's Tale_. Red and white
make a certain amount of sense. Two additional plays are to be announced in
February.

Chris Gordon

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Date:           Tuesday, 24 Dec 1996 08:54:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0972 : Red Play, White Play
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0972 : Red Play, White Play

Mario Ghezzi asks for explanation of cryptic "red" and "white" references to
plays in a recent brochure for the new Globe.

The premiere season at the Globe begins this summer and will feature four plays
in repertory -- two performed by a "red" company and two by the "white."  Each
company will include about 17 actors.  Two of the plays have been announced so
far:  Henry V (with Richard Olivier) and Winter's Tale. The other two
selections will be revealed in February.  The plan to use two companies of
actors at the new Globe was adopted a couple of years ago.

Paul Nelsen
Marlboro College

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From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Dec 1996 14:19:50 -0800
Subject: 7.0971  Re: Festivals
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0971  Re: Festivals

Ronald Vince wrote:

>Dave Evett mentioned that the the "Stratford Shakespeare Festival" was belying
>its name by devoting only a third of its productions to Shakespeare. The
>festival has for several years been known simply as "The Stratford Festival" in
>recognition, one assumes, of the fact that Dave laments. American musicals
>appear to be the preferred "draw."

While it's true that only four of the twelve plays for the 1997 season at the
Stratford [Ontario, Canada] festival are Shakespeare (Shrew, Romeo, Ricky 3,
and Coriolanus) the implication that the other productions are all of "American
musicals" isn't accurate. Four more are -arguably--classic plays (Oedipus Rex,
Death of a Salesman, Juno and the Paycock, and Equus), two are contemporary
(Eduardo de Filippo's "Filumena" and Dan Needles's "Wingfield Unbound"), and
one is Marisha Chamberlain's adaptation of Alcott's "Little Women." That leaves
one splashy musical, "Camelot." It's not enough Shakespeare for some of us, but
the schedule doesn't really represent the surrender implied in "the lament." We
should note, too, that for two of the past three years the "American" musical
was, in fact, a dazzling and original Canadian production, "Alice Through the
Looking Glass," and another was a spectacular "Pirates of Penzance."

Ontario's still worth the trip from nearly anywhere in North America. Find all
the details at www.ffa.ucalgary.ca/stratford/

Health and Happiness to all for '97 (Joy, gentle friends, &c.)

Skip Nicholson
 

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