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Re: TN; Laser Discs; Blinding; Inchbald's
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0834.  Thursday, 14 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Douglas Abel <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 16:19:47 -0700
        Subj:   ON A LIGHTER, NON-POLEMICAL, NON-POLITICAL NOTE

(2)     From:   Bill Kemp <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 09:31:51 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Laser Discs of ADO, R3, OTHELLO

(3)     From:   LaRue Love Sloan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 17:34:31 CST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 7.0810  Re: Staging Gloucester's Blinding

(4)     From:   Judy Kennedy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 08:14:42 -0400 (AST)
        Subj:   Re: Inchbald's British Theatre


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From:           Douglas Abel <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 16:19:47 -0700
Subject:        ON A LIGHTER, NON-POLEMICAL, NON-POLITICAL NOTE

Twelfth Night.  I also played Orsino.  During the opening scene, as I was
delivering the "food lf love" speech, our senior English instructor and
Shakespeare expert overheard the following, loudly-whispered conversation
between two junior high students:

        "Is that Shakespeare?"
        "Naw. Shakespeare's dead."
        "That guy didn't write this?"
        "Naw."
        "So who's that guy talkin'?"
        "He's just some old guy."

Mind you, he reports that they laughed in all the right places, so I guess we
did something right.  But I still feel a bit nonplussed.  I don't mind being
mistaken for Shakespeare, although being dead for three and a half centuries is
a bit disconcerting.  But just "some old guy"???

Good term, production season or research efforts to all.

Douglas Abel,
Drama Program Head,
Keyano College,

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From:           Bill Kemp <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 09:31:51 -0500
Subject:        Re: Laser Discs of ADO, R3, OTHELLO

Tom Simone's comment that laser discs offer far superior quality is worth
attention from anyone who depends on videotape to get performance images into
the classroom. In addition, titles on laser disc usually reach the market just
as promptly as do videotape tiles and are cheaper (at least at the beginning).
Kathleen Kendrick reported that the videotape of R3 is $99.95; I bought  the
laser disc a month ago for about $35. One can also order laser discs reliably
(and securely) on WWW. And laser discs are permanent; they don't wear out.

The easiest way to get information about laser discs is reading FAQs for the
news group alt.video.laserdisc.

Bill Kemp
Mary Washington College
Fredericksburg, Va.

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From:           LaRue Love Sloan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Nov 1996 17:34:31 CST
Subject: 7.0810  Re: Staging Gloucester's Blinding
Comment:        RE: SHK 7.0810  Re: Staging Gloucester's Blinding

I agree with Larry that the stage direction for grinding out Gl's eyes with his
boot seems, if not absurd, at least overly literal. I've always taken the line
"upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot" (maybe misquoted a bit--it's from
memory)to mean taking possession of, just as one would take possession of a
"new" land by setting one's foot on it, a la planting flags in the "new world"
or on top of Mt. Everist or on the moon: "one small step for me, one giant leap
for mankind."
                                        LaRue Love Sloan
                                        Northeast Louisiana University
                                        
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From:           Judy Kennedy <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 08:14:42 -0400 (AST)
Subject:        Re: Inchbald's British Theatre

Thanks to the kind people who responded to my query, without calling me an
idiot.  Despite a magnifying glass, I find that it was my eyes at fault, not
the NUC, and that King John is listed in Vol.1. of Inchbald's British Theatre.
Hence it is unlikely that I will find a variant set with Dream.

I am reminded of a depressing novel by A. N. Wilson, in which a scholar who has
lost his eyesight continues his magnum opus with an assistant, never realising
it is riddled with error and nonsense.

Judy Kennedy
 

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