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Re: Productions: TN and WT
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0103.  Wednesday, 22 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 14:22:07 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0090 Re: Productions: 12th Night

(2)     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 18:51:00 +0200
        Subj:   Staging WT


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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 14:22:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0090 Re: Productions: 12th Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0090 Re: Productions: 12th Night

In the Arroyo Grande Eagle Theatre production of Twelfth Night last spring, we
put the intermission between III,1 and III,2 right after Olivia has been
chasing Viola/Cesario around the stage.

This gave the audience something to talk about during intermission, and is
tantilizing enough to make them want to see the second half. Our audiences tend
to be young and or uncultured, so they very seldom know how the story ends
coming in. For this reason, I like to put intermission at some point where the
other shoe is about to drop, but it's still hanging there.

The beginning of III, 2 is also almost exactly the halfway point in the text.

The reason we have intermission in 20th century theatres are so people can
smoke, pee, and to sell concessions.

For some reason people are able to sit in church for 2 hours, they'll watch a
baseball game for 2 hours, they are able to sit in movie theaters for 2 hours,
and at home they'll sit in front of the tv channel surfing for up to 6 hours
without a break, but if you try to do a play without an official intermission,
they cry havoc.

Why is this?

Best wishes,
Billy Houck
Arroyo Grande Eagle Theatre

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jan 1997 18:51:00 +0200
Subject:        Staging WT

I am very enthusiastic about Mark Mann's staging of intervals of WT and TN
alike.  Very inventive theater.  The WT screens not only pleased me but
reminded me as well that after the production closed in which I made my Shak.
debut as the Bear (1965), the director, Sandy Havens, confided in me that he
had wanted to signal the changing of scenes in our production by a stage hand
coming out and turning another gigantic page of a mock-up of a book, the actors
entering through the spine of the book, so to speak.  I have always regretted
that we did not frame the action in that way, bringing "an old tale" on the
stage through a tome. The prod. had other merits, but  I still pine for what
did not happen.  It was, of course, my first Shakespeare but I remember it well
for other things than that.  Good for Mark Mann with the screens and the
interval.  Wish I had been in Columbus to see it.

John Velz
Austin, TX
 

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