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Re: Current thoughts on MND
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0102.  Wednesday, 22 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 13:42:19 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0098 Qs: Current thoughts on MND

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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 16:08:25 -0500
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 13:42:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0098 Qs: Current thoughts on MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0098 Qs: Current thoughts on MND

Hi. This isn't a theme, but it's a cute story.

When I cast A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM last summer, the boy who had been cast as
Snug came up to me and whispered:

        "Aw, Mr. Houck, you know I can't memorize no lines."

        I responded: "That's perfect! do it just like that!"

He wandered away, not quite sure what was going on...

Billy Houck
Arroyo Grande Eagle Theatre

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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 16:08:25 -0500
Subject: 8.0098  Qs: Current thoughts on MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0098  Qs: Current thoughts on MND

If the Athens/Wood dichotomy is the spine of the play, I think it plays more
powerfully reversed, _i.e._ in the 20th century, we live in the woods and fear
the denizens of Athens. Several years ago we did such an urban, rap version of
MND that successfully got at the play's dark side. (Our Athens was a landscaped
country club exterior. We boarded it up with graffiti-smeared plywood, changed
the park bench to a bus stop, and replaced the topiaries with trash piles to
effect the transformation, but ....)
 

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