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Qs: Advice; Brew; Bastards
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1143.  Thursday, 13 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 15:50:38 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Advice to the Actors -- Research Question

[2]     From:   Joanne Gates <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 17:14:41 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Does Macbeth sell cars?

[3]     From:   Mark Lawhorn <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 13:45:25 -1000
        Subj:   Query re: Henry Fitzroy and Thomas Winter


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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 15:50:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Advice to the Actors -- Research Question

I've recently come across a scenario for a Byzantine Mystery Play (well,
there's some controversy about its being Byzantine, but ...)-- the thing
that struck me, comparing its notes about the actors, along with a
parallel scenario written for the Jeu D'Adam, was its similarity to the
advice Hamlet gives the Players.

The usual stuff-suiting the action to the word, etc.-are there, along
with a few extras, like 'make sure they can read', which makes one
wonder how on earth they thought they could do without literate actors
...

But that's aside from the point.  I'm wondering if any studies have been
done on the evolution of the Advice to Actors, from the medieval period
to the time of Shakespeare.  It seems that there was some standard
warning given to directors of Mysteries, and I was hoping someone had
written or speculated on its evolution.

Anybody help me on this one?

Andy White
Arlington, VA

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From:           Joanne Gates <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 17:14:41 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Does Macbeth sell cars?

As I listened yet again to the ad for the new Lexus, I heard Linda
Hunt's voice say,

Crystal water turns to dark
Boiling currents turn to drums
When something wicked this way comes

There seem to be two visual variants; one has the car coming out of the
mud and being unstrapped from the amphibious landing vehicle.
(subliminal flash of somewhat seductive woman's legs) I take it that the
first two lines are "made up"? I did a quick search of my hard copy
Bartlett's Q, no matches for these lines.  Nothing close in on-line
search of the complete Shakespeare texts for boiling or crystal, but
presumably the ad people have invented their own version of the witches'
brew.

Joanne Gates

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From:           Mark Lawhorn <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Nov 1997 13:45:25 -1000
Subject:        Query re: Henry Fitzroy and Thomas Winter

I would be grateful if someone could point me to sources that include
information regarding Henry VIII's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy,
and/or Wolsey's illegitimate son, Thomas Winter. I know that these
children received "various preferments" during their lifetimes, such as
Fitzroy's being named Duke of Richmond and Lord High Admiral and
Winter's eventual appointment as Archdeacon of Cornwall (despite the
Church of England's bar against the ordination of bastards).  Who
tutored these children? What sort of contact did their respective
fathers maintain with them? On what basis did rumors circulate that
Fitzroy was poisoned by Anne Boleyn and her brother?  Please reply
directly to me at either of the e-mail addresses listed below.  Many
thanks.  Mark

Mark H. Lawhorn
English Dept.
UH Manoa
 

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