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Home :: Archive :: 1997 :: January ::
Productions: 12th Night and The Tempest
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0074.  Friday, 17 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Matthew W Mitchell-Shiner <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 08:59:55 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   12th Night Productions - Intermission

(2)     From:   Carol Light <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 12:25:21 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0068  Tempest Productions in a Brave New World


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From:           Matthew W Mitchell-Shiner <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 08:59:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        12th Night Productions - Intermission

My journey working on my first Shakespeare production is already one of the
best times of my life.  We finally deceided to cross cast Feste, Fabian and
Valentine; we are setting the play in 1920's Florida - Illyria is now a
fashionable beach resort.

Question for those who have done this show in production with only one
intermission - where did you place it?  We are trying to find a natural break
that ends the first act well, and still maintains a longer first act then
second act.

Thank you.
- Matthew

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From:           Carol Light <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Jan 1997 12:25:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0068  Tempest Productions in a Brave New World
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0068  Tempest Productions in a Brave New World

>Did you see the recent performance on Broadway with actor who played Sejanus in
>"I, Claudius" series as Prospero?

As it happens I did, because it united my two great theatrical loves:
Shakespeare and Star Trek:  the actor was Patrick Stewart, appallingly
underutilized in the Star Trek Next Generation series and most recently, two
Star Trek Interminable movies.

I too, enjoyed the production (which came, I believe, from a Shakespear in the
Parks venue).  It had a Carribean theme, with vodoo and witch-doctors appearing
as the various apparitions.  I thought Patrick Stewart did a very nice job (and
I could listen to that man recite Shakespeare anytime, anyplace, anywhere), but
I didn't much care for the interpreation of Prospero, which I've described as
"the Magician in Spite of Himself".  I found Stewart's Prospero to be much more
timid, much more intimidated by his magical powers, Ariel and even Caliban than
I imagined or have seen in other performances.  But he was a joy to watch, with
all vestigages of hisis role as Jean Luc Picard on Things Trekian completely
absent. In this show, he had a much lighter touch (he even danced),  his whole
body posture and his intonation, expressions, were Shakespearian (he was the
only British accent in the play, and perhaps not so coincidentally, the only
one who sounded as if he were speaking naturally, albeit in verse).

Ariel was played by a woman, a black actress who added wonderful, almost sexual
tension, to the Ariel-Prospero relationship.  She and the other Americans (I
mean, were there no actors with at least West Indian accents available in NYC?)
did fairly well with the text and kept the show moving. It only lit up, alas,
when Mr. Stewart strode the stage.

             List live long and prosper,
                        Carol Light
                        Admitted Amateur
 

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