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Shakespeare, Star Trek, and William Shatner
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0334  Friday, 10 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Hugh Howard Davis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 09:09:11 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

[2]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 09:59:31 -0400
        Subj:   William Shatner

[3]     From:   Cary Mazer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 10:14:13 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

[4]     From:   Michael Ullyot <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 12:07:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

[5]     From:   Laura Fargas <
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        Date:   Fridayy, 10 Apr 1998 01:35:33 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

[6]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Apr 1998 09:00:50 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Star Trek Shakespeare web site


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From:           Hugh Howard Davis <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 09:09:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0331  Re: William Shatner
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

Those wondering about the connections between Shakespeare and Star Trek
should recall that, in the sixth film (An Undiscovered Country), the
Klingons (including Christopher Plummer and David Warner) noted that
Shakespeare was their greatest author.

Hugh

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 09:59:31 -0400
Subject:        William Shatner

Actually, Shatner was well known as a "Shakespearean" actor up here in
Canada long before he landed the Star Trek gig, and I believe he was
billed as such when he played Kirk.  He is still remembered in the
McGill University (Montreal) theatre department, and he spent several
years at the Stratford Festival here in Ontario.  (Incidentally, you can
also see him for a split second in the opening sequence of Tyrone
Guthrie's Oedipus Rex - filmed during his stint as a member of the Young
Company).  So, while Patrick Stewart may be a better known Shakespearean
actor over all, he is actually carrying on a tradition started with ol'
Will.  It was no accident, it was just done better the second time
around.

As for the Transformed Man (1968), it was made smack in the middle of
the Star Trek / hippie heyday.  Enough said?  Perhaps, but Richard is
right when he calls it horrendous.  I can't get past 30 seconds of Lucy
in the Sky without collapsing in hysterical laughter.

So now that I've totally embarrassed myself with Trek lore, Enterprise
out.

Tanya "I'm working as fast as I can, Cap'tn" Gough

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From:           Cary Mazer <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 10:14:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0331  Re: William Shatner
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

Mary Jane Miller wrote

> Ah but Shatner played the 'boy' in Julius Caesar - there is a photo of
> him at the feet of Lorne Greene (yes, later to be Pa Cartwright) as
> Brutus looking soulfully into the middle distance and, I think,
> strumming a lyre (Stratford Ontario 1955 or so) .  I can find  the
> reference if anyone really cares to look it up. Odd that Canada supplied
> two such major American icons as Kirk and Cartwright.

I've always loved that photograph, which I've always mentally subtitled
"two Canadian Jews with toupees."

In the passover spirit,
Cary

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From:           Michael Ullyot <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 12:07:09 -0400
Subject: 9.0331  Re: William Shatner
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

A.Gerull cites the prevalence of Shakespearian content in two of the
'Star Trek' series-not to mention the numerous _Hamlet_ citations
throughout the series' sixth film (subtitled 'The Undiscovered Country,'
no less). Has there ever been a comprehensive study of Shakespeare in
pop culture science fiction? If so, what were its conclusions?

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From:           Laura Fargas <
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Date:           Fridayy, 10 Apr 1998 01:35:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0331  Re: William Shatner
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0331  Re: William Shatner

On a recent A&E Biography segment on Shatner, he was said to have spent
time in the troupe at Stratford, Ontario-in the same "class" as
Christopher Plummer.  Maybe the dramatic readings (I'm enjoying
imagining them) represent dashed hopes of bigger parts from the old days
or something.

Laura Fargas

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Apr 1998 09:00:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Star Trek Shakespeare web site

For a pretty good listing of Star Trek episodes in which Shakespeare is
cited or rewritten, go to:

http://www.ivgh.com/amy/trek.html

The list is not exhaustive or completely correct, but it is a good
start.
 

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