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Re: Winter's Tale Productions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0063.  Thursday, 16 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 10:45:47 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0046 Q: Winter's Tale Productions

(2)     From:   Michael Swanson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 12:08:39 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions

(3)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 19:50:51 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions


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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 10:45:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0046 Q: Winter's Tale Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0046 Q: Winter's Tale Productions

WT was performed as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival season last year.
They keep a scrapbook of reviews in the Members' Lounge and also maintain
archival material from each production. Their production had a female"goddess"
figure who played the Bear and Time. There was also the use of much red
lighting to highlight the inner torment and jealousy of Leontes during the
first half. The OSF general number is 541-482-2111. You could ask first to be
put through to Joan Langley, head of Education. She could route you to the
proper person in charge of the archives.

The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon also maintains a library of
archival material from the RSC seasons, with all reviews, promptbooks, photos,
and in some cases archive viedoes of the productions. This is valuable
production information--if you can get to Stratford. I don't have in front of
me the library number, but the Education office number is (from the US)
011-44-1789-283038, and the staff could route you.

Good luck!

Joanne Walen
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From:           Michael Swanson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 12:08:39 -0600
Subject: 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions

The production of Pericles referred to by Kathleen Brookfield -- with an
African-American female singer playing Gower -- may have been first staged in
1974, the year she gives it, but I doubt it.  The production I saw at Stratford
with Renee Rogers playing this role was in 1986.


Michael Swanson
Chair, Fine Arts Department
Franklin College of Indiana

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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jan 1997 19:50:51 -0500
Subject: 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0056  Re: Winter's Tale Productions

At the Patricia Corbett Theatre in Cincinnati on October 25-29, 1995, Charles
Holmond directed a <italic>Winter's Tale</italic>, with Dale Doerman as
dramaturg, in which Time was (possibly supposed to be) a goddess.  In any case,
Time was a woman (Christine Probts) dressed in diaphanous white material with
one breast exposed.  (I later learned that the breasts was a plastic
prosthesis.) She protected the infant Perdita as well as spoke Time's lines.

I've wondered about the exposed breast of Time.  A maternal suggestion? Time
nurtures?

As I recall, there was no bear.  It was left to our imagination.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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