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Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0888  Thursday, 24 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Daniel Traister <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 10:21:20 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakespeare Spin-offs

[2]     From:   Scott Oldenburg <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 12:32:29 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0879 Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs (pop music/Wishbone)

[3]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 20:22:29 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0879  Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs


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From:           Daniel Traister <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 10:21:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakespeare Spin-offs

Ed Taft writes: "In regard to Brent Whitted's inquiry about Shakespeare
spin-offs, there is a play called "The Most Lamentable Tragedy and Death
of Omelet and Oatmealia," which I came across about 15 years ago.
[Honest!] I can't remember any longer the author or the context, but
some learned member of this net will doubtless be able to supply this
information." Although not especially learned in such matters, I can
provide the information for which Mr. Taft asks:

Borland, Ona Winants [also entered as Haverkamp, Ona Winants], *The
lamentable tragedy of Omelet and Oatmealia: in song and verse* (Chicago,
Dramatic, 1916), a copy reported at Northwestern University Library
(MAIN 808.2 C697 v.13) in Collection of American and English plays; v.
13. The University of Michigan, Brown, and NYPL all use the Haverkamp
form of the name and all have microform copies of what appears to be a
Chicago, ca.  1912[?], printing, part of Sergel's acting drama ; no. 616
("Dedicated in loving loyalty to the class of 1901, Smith College"-which
may provide a clue to the auspices under which *Omelet and Oatmealia*
was first produced; perhaps Martin Antonetti, of Smith's special
collections department, can answer such a question). Presumably, NUC
pre-'56 will report additional copies, but I have not checked that
source before writing this reply.

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From:           Scott Oldenburg <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 12:32:29 -0700
Subject: 9.0879 Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs (pop music/Wishbone)
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0879 Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs (pop music/Wishbone)

As for spin-offs, pop music appropriates Shakespeare in interesting and
sometimes baffling ways.  Below is a short list of what I could compile
(excluding one line allusions):

1.  Thatcher On Acid, a British anarcho-punk rock band, sings Macbeth's
"Is this the dagger" speech to distorted three chord rock.  It's the
last song on their album "Yurp thing."

2.  The Family Cat, a British pop group, plays a love song from Hamlet's
point of view...I have since lost the name of the song (just
"Ophelia"?).

3.  Richard E Grant recites Hamlet over dance music

4.  Ruben Blades plays a song called "Caliban" using this character as a
way of raising issues surrounding the status of Latin America in the
world.

5.  Blythe Power plays a song called "Dave Mac" which I'm told has
something to do with Macbeth.

I'd be interested in any other additions to this list.

Also, in addition to Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest, Wishbone has also
done scenes from H4.

Cheers,
Scott Oldenburg

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 20:22:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0879  Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0879  Re: Shakespeare Spin-offs

Moliere and Shakespeare

Last Thursday the ex-Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Jean-Louis Roux-who
is also the province's most honoured francophone actor-and I played the
roles of Moliere and Shakespeare in a playlet commissioned from Antonine
Maillet, the Acadian playwright, by the Canadian federal government for
its Symposium on Bilingual Countries.  The piece has Shakespeare reading
some of the "To be or not..." passage in Maillet's new French
translation of *Hamlet* for le Theatre du Rideau Vert in Montreal, and
Moliere doing some of it in English.

Chunks of French alexandrines and English iambic pentameters mingled
cacophonously but nicely. Our National Arts Centre built a fine stage in
the Ottawa Congress Centre, and the production will be televised some
time in October under studio conditions. As a gentleman from the
Argentinian Embassy remarked at lunch, it was the first time most of the
Canadian political delegates has seen a play in ten years...

        Harry Hill
        Montreal
 

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