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Qs: Charles's Marginalia; Current thoughts on MND
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0098.  Tuesday, 21 January 1997.

(1)     From:   David Knauer <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jan 1997 12:09:01 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Q: Charles's Marginalia

(2)     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jan 1997 22:04:38 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Q: Current thoughts on MND


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From:           David Knauer <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jan 1997 12:09:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Q: Charles's Marginalia

In doing research for a dissertation chapter on Renaissance readers of drama, I
came across this remark in Andrew Gurr's _The Shakespearean Stage_, 3rd ed.:
"Charles himself read plays, and marked his copies with appreciative comments"
p. 20. Does anyone, including Prof. Gurr, know where Charles's copies are
stored or, better yet, whether his comments have ever been reproduced more
accessibly?

Thanks in advance,
David Knauer

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jan 1997 22:04:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Q: Current thoughts on MND

I have been preparing to direct a production of *Dream* in the fall and, having
directed it sixteen years previously, I'm anxious to explore it with all the
powers my older mind can muster.  I'm fully aware of the
criticisms/readings/productions which explore the Athens/Woods dichotomy, that
of daylight rationality vs. moonlit sexuality.  I did some work in that
direction years ago and am preparing to take it quite a bit further this time.

However, I can't help thinking that perhaps there might be other trains of
thought regarding this play which I have missed, and I would appreciate this
list's help in discussing those ideas, whatever they may be.

Are there other themes to be explored in *MND*?  What might they be?  Are there
areas of the usual dichotomy which you think I might have missed?  Above all,
how might these ideas affect a production of the play?  (Gabriel, if you tell
me that the mechanicals are oppressed workers and we must take their P&T
seriously, I shall hardly forbear hurling things at you...)

I will have access to a university library this summer, but I figured I could
get a headstart here on SHAKSPER.

Thanks for your assistance,
Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
 

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