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Re: Hamnet; Tempest Doubling
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0903  Sunday, 27 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Justin Bacon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 07:14:10 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0838  Re: Hamnet

[2]     From:   Alan Dessen <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Sep 1998 09:32:17 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0900  Re: Tempest Doubling


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From:           Justin Bacon <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 07:14:10 -0700
Subject: 9.0838  Re: Hamnet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0838  Re: Hamnet

> One can understand a joking self-reference,  but would Shakespeare have
> wanted to make a semi-private reference about Hamnet,  considering his
> short life?

I am, of course, an author of nowhere near Shakespeare's
quality-however, I have often used veiled references in my work in order
to work through and cope with tragedy in my own life. I would find it
completely believable that Shakespeare may have done the same.

Justin Bacon

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Date:           Saturday, 26 Sep 1998 09:32:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0900  Re: Tempest Doubling
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0900  Re: Tempest Doubling

Since 1987 ACTER has toured the U.S. with four five-actor productions of
*The Tempest*, all with the same casting breakdown.  The current Fall
1998 version has John Kane as Prospero-Antonio-Ceres-Master, Paul
Greenwood as Caliban-Gonzalo-Iris, Mairead Carty as
Miranda-Ariel-Adrian-Francisco, Patrick Miller as
Ferdinand-Sebastian-Trinculo, and Stephen Simms as
Stephano-Alonso-Juno-Boatswain.  The group has just finished a week at
U.  of Memphis and will be doing residencies at Roanoke College, Ohio
State U., Lawrence U., U. of Texas-San Antonio, Pomona College,
Wellesley, and U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  As might be
anticipated, the doubling and tripling is most daunting in the final
ensemble scene, but one of the high points of this show is the switching
near the end of 5.1 between Trinculo-Stephano-Prospero and
Sebastian-Alonso-Antonio.

Alan Dessen, Director of ACTER
 

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