The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0585. Wednesday, 21 May 1997.
From: G. L. Horton <
Date: Tuesday, 20 May 1997 10:24:50
Subject: Going to Galway, Dublin, Brighton, and London.
I will be attending the Forth International Women Playwrights Conference
in Galway June 22-29th, where an excerpt from my play "Inquest" will be
part of the conference program. I'm planning to sight-see in Dublin
immediately before or after the Conference, visit a playwright friend
who lives in Brighton, and then spend at least the first week of July in
London. I welcome advice from anyone who knows how to manage
inspirational experience on a Starving Artist budget, and I'd be
delighted to meet fellow SHAKPERians for gossip and inexpensive
playgoing. I want to see Shakespeare, of course: but my other interest
is new plays-plays where the words take precedence over spectacle, and
particularly plays by, about, and/or directed by women.
>I don't "get" how the line "My father-methinks I see my father" (I, ii,
>184) works in the play. It seems too blatant, or too slapstick, or too
>weakly ironic, or too something to fit in with the character of Hamlet
>or the situation. I notice that it is also frequently cut in
I hadn't noticed this-it was certainly in the 2 most recent "Hamlet's
I've seen, and posed no particular problem. I'd say the playing of the
"moment" is up to Horatio: it's his short "Where?" that's difficult,
because while it conveys Horatio's sudden notion that the ghost has
appeared to Hamlet, too, it also sets up Hamlet's response "in my mind's
eye"; which can carry the implication that Hamlet knows that there are
(already) rumors that he is deranged by grief and delusional. Too big a
"take" and the response is smothered by laughter.
>Can this line be "played" in a reasonable way?
I thought it went very well in K.B.'s film.
G.L.Horton -- Newton, MA, USA