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Re: Twelfth Nights
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0860.  Wednesday, 20 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Ann Blake <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Nov 1996 11:45:52 +1100
        Subj:   cross-casting in TN

(2)     From:   Jodi Clark 303971 <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Nov 1996 20:46:15 +0200 (IST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0849 Re: Twelfth Nights


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From:           Ann Blake <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Nov 1996 11:45:52 +1100
Subject:        cross-casting in TN

In this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival Arden Productions staged a completely
cross-cast 'Twelfth Night', directed by Julian Beckedahl.  This was a
consistently cross-dressed and -cast production: all male roles, down to the
Officers, Priest and Sea Captain, were played by women, and all female by men.
This is Illyria, Lady: ' a land where all that seems real is not...where gender
means nothing'(the programme) In an ABC radio panel on cross-casting and
-dressing Beckedahl defended his scheme as giving his contemporary audience a
version in tune with the varied gender-questioning effects of the original
staging.  It would certainly avoid the nagging questions which partial
cross-casting always throws up.

I wish I'd seen it. From reviews and reports, it seems to have been an
intelligent and dramatically effective solution.

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From:           Jodi Clark 303971 <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Nov 1996 20:46:15 +0200 (IST)
Subject: 7.0849 Re: Twelfth Nights
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0849 Re: Twelfth Nights

This is really just to clarify who is the director of the Company of Women.  As
of their last production, which was King Lear two months ago, Maureen Shea was
the artistic director.  Kristin Linklater played Lear and has had a lot of
involvement with the collaborative effort in forming the group.  Both Linklater
and Shea teach at Emerson College in Boston in addition to their other
projects.

Jodi Clark
Theatre Education Grad. Program
Emerson College
 

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