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Re: WT Productions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0133.  Monday, 27 January 1997.

(1)     From:   John King <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Jan 1997 17:43:53 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0108  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions

(2)     From:   Norm Holland <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Jan 97 22:04:59 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0123  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions

(3)     From:   Kenneth Adelman <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Jan 1997 22:40:19 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0108 Re: WT Productions and Intermissions


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From:           John King <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Jan 1997 17:43:53 -0600
Subject: 8.0108  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0108  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions

>>has anyone ever seen the doubling of Antigonus and Autolycus? What are your
>>thoughts on cutting the Cleomenes/Dion scene?

When I was in the play at Arizona Shakespeare Festival a few years ago, we
doubled Antigonus with FLORIZEL, which gave the actor playing the roles- who
was blessed with a great face which made him convincing both as an older man
and as a young prince- a real chance to show his versatility; it also worked
very well to tie the two characters together in a sort of karmic symmetry, the
first being an unwilling betrayer of Perdita, and the second redeeming that
betrayal with his love, assuming the role of protector that Antigonus was
forced to abandon.  I was Autolycus, and was doubled in the first half as
Archidamus, as well as one of Leontes' lords- and the bear. As for the
Cleomenes/Dion scene, we did originally cut it.  But during rehearsals it
became apparent that the play needed that moment of quiet awe, which the scene
provides, at that point in the action.  So, much to the delight of the actors
playing those roles, we reinstated it, albeit with some cuts.  If you are
interested in what those were, you can e-mail me privately and I'll try to dig
up my script.

John King

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From:           Norm Holland <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Jan 97 22:04:59 EST
Subject: 8.0123  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0123  Re: WT Productions and Intermissions

Whoever changed the bear to a dragon was not doing justice to Sh's wit.  Right
after Antigonus' bear-pursued exit, the old shepherd notes that we have here,
"a barne, a very pretty barne."  "Barne" (=child) is an old past participle of
"bear."  In effect, the play has Antigonus "bear" the child and then, perhaps
because the processes of birth have been so disrupted by his master's jealousy,
he is done in by a "bear."  So don't change it to a dragon, unless you want to
have Antigonus drag in the baby.  --Best, Norm Holland

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From:           Kenneth Adelman <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Jan 1997 22:40:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0108 Re: WT Productions and Intermissions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0108 Re: WT Productions and Intermissions

The Utah Shakespeare Festival's production of "Winter's Tale" last summer was
phenomenal, but then again we're faithful atendees to that Festival.

For 8 years our family has made a "pilgrimage" to the Festival -- last year
having an assorted group totalling 53 in our party -- since we believe that the
productions, setting, and leadership of USF are the best anywhere. We've been
to Stratford, Conn. and Stratford, Ontario and left each a bit disappointed.
But that has NEVER been the case with USF.

Hence if you're looking anywhere for a family outing with tremendous
productions, next-day seminars which can't be beat (the "Ace & Jerry" show,
lead by two scholars with a lot of audience participation) make sure you get to
Cedar City this summer. You won't regret it. No-one we've ever brought there
has!

Ken Adelman
 

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