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Re: Rosalind & Celia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0271.  Tuesday, 25 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Edward Gero <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 1997 14:52:25 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0266  Re: Rosalind & Celia

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 1997 00:33:38 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Rosalind & Celia


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From:           Edward Gero <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 1997 14:52:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0266  Re: Rosalind & Celia
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0266  Re: Rosalind & Celia

> . .  . that inform some of these comments that challenge the Folger production.
>
> I guess I'll just have to see how McGinnis and company DO this-it COULD
> "get in the way" but it could also serve to emphasize the complexity of
> their relationship and allow US to take Celia less for granted as a
> simple sounding board for Ros.
>
> ------Chris Stroffolino

Just a point of information:

The production in question is being done by The Shakespeare Theatre
(formerly located at the Folger Library, but now a seperate entity
housed at the Lansburgh Building on 7th and E Streets NW) and the
actress in question is Kelly McGillis not McGinnis...

We actors are sticklers for detail especially when it comes to published
mentions.

Regards,
Edward Gero
Company Member
Shakespeare Theatre

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 1997 00:33:38 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Rosalind & Celia

Mark Mann strongly dislikes the suggestion that Rosalind and Celia might
have erotic feelings towards each other:

> Hear Hear!! Please, please, PLEASE spare me the psychosocial
> revisionism...

Epizeuxis such as this often indicates a deep-seated terror of the ideas
being repudiated. Hmm.

> too often "innovations" of this sort are all about the
> director's inability a reckon with what he/she is given on the
> page...and indicates an ego-driven need to "top" what Shakespeare
> has given us...

Note the insistent yoking of psychological terms ('ego' 'drive') with
the archaic sexual language ('top'). The raw sexuality of this
repudiation bursts through in a frenzy of imagined sexual/textual
interpenetration of a 'Shakespeare' which is both a vulnerable body and
a vulnerable text.

> If you have a cause to flog, i.e.  homoeroticism between
> Rosalind and Celia, or Iago and Othello

It is imagined that only with violence ('flog') can the hated idea be
advanced by anyone. And note that this violence is again overtly sexual
(flagellation).

> then get on a soapbox and shout it to the commuters, but keep
> it off the stage

The antithesis of two kinds of 'platforms' is of interest here. The
'commuters' are obviously the 'computers' which, via SHAKSPER, have
disseminated the loathsome idea.

> ...or write a thesis to be read by your closest friends
> and family, who'll applaud your deep, deep insight and
> origionality

The repetitive thrust of 'deep', which drives 'in' the hated idea, leads
naturally to the parapraxis of 'origion'. This speaks clearly of the
'o-region' which it is feared will be penetrated.

Okay Mark, I'm convinced. There IS something in all this Psych 101
stuff!

Gabriel Egan
 

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