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Re: Parallel Scenes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0233. Tuesday, 18 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Adrian Kiernander <
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        Date:   Monday, February 17, 1997
        Subj:   SHK 8.0227  Re: Parallel Scenes

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <DaleLyles@AOL>COM>
        Date:   Monday, February 17, 1997
        Subj:   Re: Parallel Scenes


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From:           Adrian Kiernander <
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Date:           Monday, February 17, 1997
Subject: Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        SHK 8.0227  Re: Parallel Scenes

Bernice

Several years ago David Groves, a colleague from Victoria University in
Wellington, did a wonderful cut-and-paste student production of parallel
scenes from _Twelfth Night_ and the commedia erudita play that
Shakespeare used as a model, _Gl'Ingannati_. The same male actor played
both Sebastian and his equivalent (whose name I've forgotten), and in
the final scene where the two plots came together he was confronted with
two identical twin sisters. It was dazzlingly clever and extraordinarily
moving.

The pattern was alternating scenes from both plays until the last, when
the final scenes from each play were interwoven almost line by line.

It's a technique I'd recommend.

I should mention that David teaches both Theatre and Italian and this
was part of the Italian Department program, so the Shakespeare scenes
were performed in English and the _Gl'Ingannati_ scenes in Italian. This
again was a wonderful effect, but the whole production could have worked
as well theatrically in English only.

Adrian

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From:           Dale Lyles <DaleLyles@AOL>COM>
Date:           Monday, February 17, 1997
Subject:        Re: Parallel Scenes

"Mish-mosh of MM and MAdo"????  What on earth???  The mind boggles.
Please elucidate.

Thanks,
Dale Lyles
 

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