1998

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1054  Wednesday, 28 October 1998.

From:           RICHARD A BURT <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 27 Oct 1998 14:10:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The Disney sequel (on video) only was released or sale today.  It is a
redoing of _Romeo and Juliet_ with a happy ending.  See Caryn James's
review in last Friday's NY Times, "A _Lion King_ with Girls as Stars."
The subheading is:  "Shakespeare meets Disney as rival clans' children
fall in love-and live." It's on p. B30.

Re: Hamlet and the Supernova of 1572

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1053  Wednesday, 28 October 1998.

From:           Peter Nockolds <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tue, 27 Oct 1998 19:05:37 +0000
Subject:        Please cross-post the message below

From:           Donald W. Olson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 26 Oct 1998 15:57:08 -0600
Subject:        Re: Hamlet and the Supernova of 1572
Sender: History of Astronomy Discussion Group <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

A footnote in the Arden Shakespeare edition of Hamlet suggests that
Capella may be the star described in Act 1, Scene 1, of the play.  Peter
Nockolds has pointed out this footnote, and we also mentioned this
footnote in our current Sky & Telescope article:

Donald W. Olson, Marilynn S. Olson, and Russell L. Doescher, "The Stars
of Hamlet," Sky & Telescope (November, 1998), pp. 68-73.

The information in the Arden edition is derived from a journal article:

G. T. Buckley, "What Star Was Westward from the Pole?"  Notes and
Queries, Volume 208 (November, 1963), pp. 412-413.

Buckley assigns the celestial configuration of Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1,
to what is described as the "midwinter" season -- Buckley specifically
mentions the date of January 19.

Our discussion of the Arden footnote and our reasons for preferring the
month of November (just before Advent) to January (just after Advent)
are detailed in our Sky & Telescope article.  A date in the middle of
November, Julian calendar, places the location of Tycho's supernova in a
position
"westward from the pole" at 1 a.m., local mean time.

As we also note in our current Sky & Telescope article, a number of
possible connections between Tycho Brahe, Thomas Digges, and William
Shakespeare were explored by Owen Gingerich in a previous Sky &
Telescope article:

Owen Gingerich, "Great Conjunctions, Tycho, and Shakespeare," Sky &
Telescope (May, 1981), pp. 394-395.

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Invitation to NYC Bar Association event

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1052  Wednesday, 28 October 1998.

From:           Charles D. Adler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 26 Oct 1998 11:22:01 -0500
Subject:        Invitation to NYC Bar Association event

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is presenting an
evening entitled "TAMING OF THE SHREW: Katherina vs. Petruchio on
Appeal."  This is apparently an argument on appeal of an imagined
lawsuit brought by Kate against Petruchio.  The "Court" is comprised of
rather distinguished state and federal court judges as well as Howard
Kissel, theater critic of The Daily News.  The flier states that
"Evidence from TS will be performed by professional actors and law
professors."

Obviously, there are no guarantees BUT the show is free, the public is
invited and there is a reception sponsored by Citibank following the
program.  This is the premier bar association in NY and generally
operates at a very high level (I should say that I chair its Committee
on Criminal Law).

Date:  Thursday, Ocober 29, 1998 at 7:00 P.M.
Place: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
       42 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues)
       tel. 212/382-6600
Charles.

Q: Lear

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1053  Wednesday, 28 October 1998.

From:           Eduardo del Rio <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 26 Oct 1998 12:41:13 -0600
Subject:        Lear

I am involved in a discussion regarding Lear and would like some help.
Specifically, I am interested in determining what Lear "gives up" in
1.1.  It seems clear that he gives up his land (1.1.31-32), but then in
1.1.43-44 there is: "...we will divest us, both of rule,/Interest of
territory, cares of state,--" Is this a contradiction to the later
1.1.131-32: "Only we still retain/The name, and all the additions to a
king;"?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Let me make my question/position a bit more clear. I realize that there
is a "literal" difference between abdicating title and responsibility
within the fiction of the play. That is, of course, part of the message;
that title and responsibility are inseparable. I guess what is not clear
is how, even within the  fiction of the play, this is something other
characters would allow/believe/accept.

Ed

ACTER

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1051  Wednesday, 28 October 1998.

From:           Cynthia Dessen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 26 Oct 1998 10:47:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        ACTER

Actors from the London Stage, sponsored by ACTER (A Center for Theatre,
Education and Research) will present *The Merchant of Venice* at the
following campuses during Spring 1999: February 13-21, UNC-Chapel
Hill/Hickory Community Theatre & Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, NC;
February 22-28, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; March 1-7, SUNY-Stony
Brook, LI; March 8-14, Boise State University, Boise, ID; March 15-21,
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN/Denver Center Theatre Company,
Denver, CO;March 22-31, SUNY-Albany, NY; April 1-3 Shakespeare
Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA(tentative). Email us or consult
our website for more information on these residencies. Booking for
*Twelfth Night* (Fall 1999) and *All's Well That Ends Well* (Spring
2000) is underway now.

Cynthia Dessen, General Manager, ACTER
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919-967-4265 (phone/fax)
ACTER website: http://www.unc.edu/depts/acter/
Mail to: 1100 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514

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