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Re: Libby Appel; Shakespeare Summer Festivals
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0494.  Monday, 1 July 1996.

(1)     From:   Rinda Frye <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Jun 96  14:36:36 EDT
        Subj:   SHK 7.0475  Re: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

(2)     From:   Armstrong Eric <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Jun 1996 15:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0488 *SNL* Spring 1996, Shakespeare Summer Festivals


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From:           Rinda Frye <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Jun 96  14:36:36 EDT
Subject: Re: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Comment:        SHK 7.0475  Re: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I thought that Libby Appel was about to move to Ashland, I assumed as artistic
director.  If so, that should bode well for the festival.  I just saw her
production of The Tempest at the Indiana Rep last month and it was quite good.
The production used just 7 actors, rather elegantly--Ariel and Miranda doubled,
as did Caliban and Antonio, which made for some interesting psychological
permutations in their relationship with Prospero.  The cast was multi-racial
and the Trinculo/Francisco doubling was performed by a woman--all of which
seemed to underline the theatrical magic of the piece.  The stage was largely
bare--occasionally an actor dragged on a huge piece of driftwood to sit on, and
Ariel at one point sat on the proverbial swing which seems to defend from the
flies of so many Shakespearean productions these days, and the stage space was
defined by screens which functioned as scrims when lit with rear projections
from behind (for the banquet and Juno masque).  All in all, though, it was a
lovely production, well spoken, with an emphasis on the language and the
actors' ability to transform themselves as needed by the play, rather than on
pageantry and elaborate costume.  Sorry I don't have the cast list in front of
me in my office.  If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to share that.

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Date:           Friday, 28 Jun 1996 15:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0488 *SNL* Spring 1996, Shakespeare Summer Festivals
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0488 *SNL* Spring 1996, Shakespeare Summer Festivals

I would like to include two productions not really in Festivals but based in
Toronto this summer.

1. Shakespeare in the Rough, at Winslow Park 1 blk south of the Danforth,
between Logan and Carlaw, presents WT outdoors Friday, Saturdays and Sundays,
Jul 19 - Aug 25 '96 at 2:00 p.m. Free, with a pass the hat at the end. Dir.
Dawn Mari McCaugherty.

2. Shakespeare in the Park, (Canadian Stage Company) , at High Park, presents
MND. [sorry don't have dates or times]. Also pay-what-you-can.

Regards,
Eric Armstrong.
 

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