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Re: Subtext; Summer Festivals
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0466.  Tuesday, 15 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Apr 1997 11:47:16 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0457 Re: Subtext & Christianity

[2]     From:   Curt L. Tofteland <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Apr 1997 07:46:13 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0460 Re: Summer Festivals


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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Apr 1997 11:47:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0457 Re: Subtext & Christianity
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0457 Re: Subtext & Christianity

If there is "no subtext" then we really have no need for actors. The
experience of reading a play would be the same as seeing a play, or all
plays would be like "Meet Mr. Lincoln" at Disneyland.  Perhaps what Ms.
Shaw meant was that there was no one correct subtext. This would leave
the horizon wide open for interpretation and would insure career
opportunity for thespians through the next millennium.

Sorry to be so late in responding- I got all wrapped up teaching high
school students how to find their subtext in The Pirates of Penzance
(April 17-20 in Arroyo Grande California. call (805)473-4250 for
directions)

And Hillary- the key to understanding the forced conversion of Shylock
is that Merchant of Venice is a comedy. In Shakespeare's day church
attendance was compulsory...just like paying taxes. In some ways, it was
exactly like paying taxes, as tithing was also compulsory. Wouldn't
modern audiences cheer if some scofflaw who had avoided paying his taxes
was forced to cough up just like everyone else? Say, Leona Helmsley?

Maybe not. Maybe I shouldn't be posting this on April 15.

Tarantara!
Billy Houck

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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Apr 1997 07:46:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0460 Re: Summer Festivals
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0460 Re: Summer Festivals

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