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Re: H5; Mac Ending; Ophelia; Impermanent Permanence
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0973.  Monday, 29 September 1997.

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Sep 1997 13:26:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0967  Announcements

[2]     From:   Tim Richards <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Sep 1997 10:48:03 +0800
        Subj:   Shrew Ending and Macbeth Ending

[3]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Sunday, 28 Sep 1997 16:39:30 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0966  Re: Ophelia

[4]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Sunday, 28 Sep 1997 22:01:50 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0965  Impermanent Permanence


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Sep 1997 13:26:52 -0400
Subject: 8.0967  Announcements
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0967  Announcements

>        Subj:   Great Performances-Henry V at the Globe

How nice that the H5 at the Globe is scheduled for performance on Guy
Fawkes night-had no idea the folks at PBS were so witty.

Explosively,
Dave Evett

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From:           Tim Richards <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Sep 1997 10:48:03 +0800
Subject:        Shrew Ending and Macbeth Ending

People's comments about the inconclusive ending to the Sly story have
reminded me of my similar feelings about the witches in Macbeth.  I
remember studying the play as a kid and thinking that it was
asymmetrical; that having initiated and guided events, the witches
should have appeared again at the conclusion of the play to view the
results of their handiwork.  When I appeared in the play earlier this
year this  feeling resurfaced.  As we were using an Elizabethan style
theatre with balconies etc., I would have had them appear at the upper
galleries, laughing madly as the opposing troops ploughed into each
other.  Has anyone seen the witches included in this or any other way
near the conclusion of the play?

Tim Richards.

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 28 Sep 1997 16:39:30 -0400
Subject: 8.0966  Re: Ophelia
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0966  Re: Ophelia

Dave Evett's suggestion that Ophelia "is a complicated figure of speech,
not a person, and need not be accounted for by anything in particular
outside the text" seems to be based on a rather minimalistic vision of
reading and interpretation. In fact, readers are not (and probably never
have been) circumscribed by the texts they are reading. Readers actively
add a great deal to texts, and we all make assumptions about characters
that have no textual foundation. We assume that Ophelia had a mother.
Don't we?  Or, when we go to see <italic>Hamlet</italic>, do we merely
appreciate the verbal construct that is Ophelia?  Does Ophelia have no
dimension beyond the rhetorical? Since I have recently been involved in
the rehearsal and production of <italic>Hamlet</italic>, I'd say that a
good actor (like Jill Westerby in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival's
production) transcends the lines, and, in fact, uses them to create the
appearance of a real woman, and not, no not, a complicated figure of
speech.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Sunday, 28 Sep 1997 22:01:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0965  Impermanent Permanence
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0965  Impermanent Permanence

To Norm Holland and others who are feeling a groundshift in
"contributions to knowledge," I would like to recommend A. S. Byatt's
novel, *Possession: A Romance*.  I picked it up on a whim in the
bookstore the other night, and it is consuming far more of my time than
it ought.  It is quite simply breath-taking, and I do not use to
exaggerate.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
 

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