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Re: Nashville *JC*; Bevington's *A Funeral Elegy*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0640.  Monday, 2 September 1996.

(1)     From:   Jeff Kean <
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        Date:   Sunday, 1 Sep 1996 19:24:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0633 Re: Nashville *JC*

(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Sunday, 01 Sep 1996 22:05:33 -0400
        Subj:   Bevington's *A Funeral Elegy*


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From:           Jeff Kean <
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Date:           Sunday, 1 Sep 1996 19:24:42 -0400
Subject: 7.0633 Re: Nashville *JC*
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0633 Re: Nashville *JC*

>Regarding recent reports of near-identical productions of *JC* in Nashville
and >Melbourne, I would guess these were either directed by, or ripped off
from, Oskar >Eustis who did another such cross-gendered and
video-press-conferenced *JC* at >the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles) in
1991...

Robert S. Cohen

Question:

Is anyone else out there disturbed by the term "ripped off" here? I may be
displaying ignorance but I am not familiar with Oskar Eustis' work. Yet I
directed a similar approach to *JC* in 1992 in Knoxville using the modern
political arena and media as a setting for the show, albeit without
cross-gender casting. My point here is that neither cross-gendering or modern
placement seem to be the intellectual property of anyone in particular. As my
Grad school Theory and Crit instructor used to say (and I paraphrase)  The
Greeks invented our theatrical form, the Romans added sit-com, and no one has
come up with anything original since then.

Jeff Kean

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 01 Sep 1996 22:05:33 -0400
Subject:        Bevington's *A Funeral Elegy*

David Bevington does include *A Funeral Elegy* in his updated fourth edition of
the Complete Works, but he includes it as "uncertain" (1698). And the elegy is,
strangely, NOT included in the table of contents. It's on pages 1699-1706.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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