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Re: The Tempest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0297  Thursday, 2 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Apr 1998 07:16:33 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0295  Q: The Tempest

[2]     From:   Tiffany Rasovic <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 01 Apr 1998 11:10:32 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0295  Q: The Tempest from Mr Manger

[3]     From:   Lisa Hodgkinson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Apr 1998 20:08:34 +0100
        Subj:   The Tempest

[4]     From:   Scott Crozier <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Apr 1998 09:46:55 +1000
        Subj:   The Tempest Avoidance


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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Apr 1998 07:16:33 EST
Subject: 9.0295  Q: The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0295  Q: The Tempest

Yes, please let there be some discussion on Tempest.  It's one I'm
considering for next year's Shakespeare and I have delved not very
deeply into it yet.  What are current interpretations?  Have we gotten
away from the "colonialist imperative" thing and begun examining more
existential issues?

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company

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From:           Tiffany Rasovic <
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Date:           Wednesday, 01 Apr 1998 11:10:32 +0100
Subject: 9.0295  Q: The Tempest from Mr Manger
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0295  Q: The Tempest from Mr Manger

Dear Stuart,

I couldn't agree more-let's stay fresh!  I am writing about the Tempest
right now, and I would love to talk with you about it...  and with
anyone else!

How about a quotation?

                These our actors
(As I foretold you) were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air,
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit shall dissolve,
And like this insubstantial pageant faded
Leave not a rack behind.  We are such stuff
as a dreams are made on; and our little life
is rounded with a sleep.

Prospero, IV. i. 148-157

Does it get any better than this? Pick a thread and let's begin!

Yours, TR

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From:           Lisa Hodgkinson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Apr 1998 20:08:34 +0100
Subject:        The Tempest

Having just returned from a rather good (if not excellent) production of
The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford I am also keen
to discuss this play. Rather than wondering *why* we are not talking
about it I pose a question (well, passed on from my students actually):
If we regard Prospero as a 'stage manager' or 'masque presenter' do we
then also have to see him as a god-like figure in terms of the amount of
control he holds over characters in 'his play'? If we do see him like
this, then does this belittle other interpretations as everything has to
be counted as under his direction? It was interesting to see at
Stratford, and also at an amateur production I saw recently, a Prospero
that could not always control the spirits at the masque.

Thanks, in anticipation of any comments, Lisa Hodgkinson.

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From:           Scott Crozier <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Apr 1998 09:46:55 +1000
Subject:        The Tempest Avoidance

In reply to Stuart Manger's plea for discussion about The Tempest I
would like to speculate the following: the play deals with unsavoury and
difficult issues which require some soul searching from a western
perspective.  Last year I directed a production of the play which
pointed the finger at Prospero; the island itself was his cloak, Miranda
had been allowed to become feral and Caliban was tethered like the
monkey mentioned in KL.  The audience response to this was interesting.
A number mentioned that they missed the romantic vision of the play (I
equate this a little with missing Mendelssohn in MND) but I also put it
down to not wanting to accept that the play does deal with issues of
colonialism and the subjugation of indigenous people which leave a
bitter taste in the mouths of Australians at present.  I enjoy most of
the discussion on the list although I do delete postings with which I
have no interest.

Regards,
Scott Crozier
 

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