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Twelfth Night
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0839.  Friday, 15 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Whit Wales <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 13:52:04 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0831  Re: Twelfth Night Cross Casting

(2)     From:   Douglas Abel <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 16:48:49 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0834  Re: TN


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From:           Whit Wales <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 13:52:04 -0500
Subject: 7.0831  Re: Twelfth Night Cross Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0831  Re: Twelfth Night Cross Casting

>The company you are referring to is probably Tina Packer's "Company of Women."
>They work out of Western Massachusetts (mostly Smith College). Or it might be
>Lisa Wolpe's "LA Women's Shakespeare Theatre."  There may be other all-female
>Shakespeare companies, but these two are probably the most prominent.

To further split hairs:

I believe that the Company of Women is directed by Kristin Linklater. Tina
Packer remains Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company, the group which
she and Kristin founded. S& Co. resides at Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, MA.

Whit Wales

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Date:           Thursday, 14 Nov 1996 16:48:49 -0700
Subject: 7.0834  Re: TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0834  Re: TN

My item on 12Th Night had the first line delighted, which read something like:

I recently directed a student production of Twelfth Night.  I also played
Orsino, etc.

Thanks,
Douglas Abel

[Editor's Note: Here is the entry as intended.  --HMC]

I recently directed a student production of 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.
 

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