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Two JC Postings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0108  Sunday, 8 February 1998.

[1]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 Feb 1998 18:26:08 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   JC. gen. and spec

[2]     From:   Gregory Crane <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 1998 15:37:07 -0500
        Subj:   New Site for Julius Caesar


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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Feb 1998 18:26:08 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        JC. gen. and spec.

Albert Misseldine asks about 1930s style *JC*.  There are some
photographs of the Orson Welles/John Houseman production (1937) in which
the principals were dressed in fascist uniforms-these in John D.
Ripley's *Stage History of Julius History in England and America*
Cambridge U. Pr.  Also a very lively account of the difficulties of
mounting the play in Houseman's *Run Through: A Memoir* 1972 ch. 7 esp.
There is a lot of misinformation about this production running about, so
it is well to start with a participant, Houseman, who produced (Welles
directed and played Brutus as a liberal in a fascist world).

As for the specific, the explication of 4.3.110 Albert mentions appears
in the 1974 Riverside.  I am happy to note that the editors have thought
better of this reading and replaced it in the 1997 Second Edn. with a
note that the lamb is Brutus.  The 1974 meaning cannot be right given
the context.  One wonders if the 1974 note may have been an oversight.

Pitfalls.  Don't do something that will remind your audience of the Ian
McKellen *Richard III*.  McKellen also did a memorable fascist *Macbeth*
at Stratford in the mid-1970s (1974?) with Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth.
It has become a stock item in theater, this device of interpreting in
1930s or later fascist terms.

Good luck to you from one who directed the play in 1971.

John Velz

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From:           Gregory Crane <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 1998 15:37:07 -0500
Subject:        New Site for Julius Caesar

                                PLEASE POST

We are pleased to announce a working version of a site on Julius
Caesar.  The current emphasis is on Shakespeare's play, but the site
will evolve to include many Roman materials as well.  The major
components of the site now available are:

1) The Furness Variorum edition of Julius Caesar (text, full commentary
and most of the appendices).
2) The Kittredge modernized text and commentary.
3) The Skeat Edition of North's Plutarch
4) Student Projects from a course taught at Tufts this past fall.

The URL is: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/JC/.

Gregory Crane
Associate Professor of Classics
Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Project
Eaton 124
Tufts University
Medford MA 02155

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/About/grc.html
 

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