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Re: Parallel Scenes
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0185.  Tuesday, 11 February 1997.

(1)     From:   Sarah Werner <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 Feb 1997 12:34:26 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0173  Re: Parallel Scenes

(2)     From:   Brad Morris <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Feb 1997 14:38:25 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Parallel Scenes


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From:           Sarah Werner <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Feb 1997 12:34:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0173  Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0173  Re: Parallel Scenes

If your friend is interested in doing parallel scenes that rewrite Shakespeare
as a political commentary, I'd suggest matching I.ii of _Tempest_ with the
second scene of Aime Cesaire's _A Tempest_.  Originally written for a Black
theatre in French in 1969, Cesaire rewrites the play as an anti-colonialist
story told from Caliban's point of view.  I've taught the two plays as pairs a
number of times, and my students have always responded very well to it.
Richard Miller's English translation of the play can be found from Ubu
Repretory Theater Publications (ISBN 0-913745-15-4).  According to my copy,
production permission can be got from Georges Borchardt, Inc., 136 East 57th
Street, New York, NY, 10022; (212) 753-5785.

Sarah Werner
University of Pennsylvania

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From:           Brad Morris <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Feb 1997 14:38:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Parallel Scenes

In a message dated 97-02-10 12:33:02 EST, you write:

<<Her question: what OTHER plays would work?  Are there other "sets" where a Shn
 >scene and an offshoot's scene would match? Are scripts available at a
 >reasonable cost? Are videotapes available? >>

I can't call up correlating scenes at the moment, but Gus Van Zant's "My Own
Private Idaho" is for all intents and purposes a modern update of R3, only its
narcolepsy instead of scoleosis. It's a fine film, despite the presence of
Keanu Reeves. A little wierd, but good.

Brad
 

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