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Re: Hamlet/Ophelia; Plea for Advice on Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0446.  Friday, 11 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Nick Clary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Apr 1997 11:27:33 -0400
        Subj:   Hamlet/Ophelia

[2]     From:   Harry Teplitz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Apr 1997 09:26:01 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Plea for Advice on Hamlet


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From:           Nick Clary <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Apr 1997 11:27:33 -0400
Subject:        Hamlet/Ophelia

Susan Keegan writes, "I think everyone is missing the boat on Ophelia.
Consider the phrase, 'Frailty, they name is woman.'  We have already
seen Ophelia bow to pressure from both her brother and father, including
handing over her mail to Polonius."

Does it matter that Hamlet's remark is made in 1.2, before we have seen
the bowings to pressure that you mention?

Nick Clary

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From:           Harry Teplitz <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Apr 1997 09:26:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Plea for Advice on Hamlet

This is yet another plea for advice on an upcoming production.  Starting
in a June, I will be directing Hamlet.  I was hoping that with all the
interest recently in Polonius and Ophelia, people might like to offer
advice (other than "just say no"....), warnings, suggestions, etc.  I've
read a number of books discussing famous productions, including the very
entertaining _Hamlet: A User's Guide_, which I highly recommend.

The production will be a sort of community theater project.  Most of the
actors are recent graduates from UCLA, with varying amounts of
experience.  The theater will be small, the lights simple (or at least
inexpensive), and the set minimal.

My "concept" (although I've never been fond of that term) for the show
is leaning towards a pretty activist Hamlet.  I'm going to focus on his
relationship to Claudius and his father more than Ophelia and Gertrude.
I'm hoping to cut the play to no more than 2.5 hours, but to keep most
of the characters (including Fortinbras).

If anyone is interested in the details of my idea, please check out
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~teplitz/hamlet_concept.html.  The document is
a little long, so I thought it was better not to post the whole thing
here.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have, either in email or
posted here.

-- Harry Teplitz
 

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