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Related to New Globe: All-Male Casting and Audiences
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0677  Wednesday, 22 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Virginia Byrne <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:19:44 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jul 1998 12:52:54 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 9.0672  Re: Globe Audience

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jul 1998 10:15:25 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

[4]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:40:49 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

[5]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:48:30 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

[6]     From:   Louis Swilley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Jul 1998 07:23:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5


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From:           Virginia Byrne <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:19:44 EDT
Subject: 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

I expect the decision to cast females in the female roles might have
something to do with the plethora of female actors who would be somewhat
disturbed with an all male company.  Economics again rearing its head
but also a concession to 1998 actors.

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jul 1998 12:52:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Globe Audience
Comment:        SHK 9.0672  Re: Globe Audience

At last!  ' . . . young people who are at the Globe with much the same
attitude they might have while being booked at the local police
station'.  Children who don't Love Shakespeare, I'll be bound.  What a
relief!

T. Hawkes

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jul 1998 10:15:25 -0700
Subject: 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

I'd just like to add to William Williams's note on school parties at the
new globe that this is an ongoing difficulty with school parties
generally, and in more than one country.  For one thing, field trips
seem to be assigned when the school year is running down, and the
students are getting antsy.  For another, there seems occasionally to be
a perception (among students, even sometimes among teachers) that a
field trip isn't part of 'school'.  No one is sitting in front of a
blackboard or studying for a test, so it's basically a mildly structured
recess.

I worked one summer at a retired gold mine in Northern Ontario which
functioned as a museum.  We dreaded the week when all of the students
from the local school system were dumped on us.  The irony is that it
was good for almost everyone-the teachers and students got half a day
more or less off, the school board could say it was promoting local
history, and the tour got publicity.  It was good, in fact, for everyone
except someone who wanted to actually teach or learn local history.

The solution to disruptive school groups is to screen classes that are
coming through, making sure that no class gets bulk seating unless
they've actually studied the relevant play in advance, then providing
teaching material to prepare for and debrief from the trip, etc.  In
short, make sure that any school groups passing through are actually
there to study.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:40:49 -0700
Subject: 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

The all male performance I'd like to see would be Twelfth Night. The
undercurrent of gender bending in that play, as it was originally
conceived, is thrown totally off-kilter by having Viola/Cesario played
by a woman. If played by a boy, as it would have been, although the
audience knows on one level that they are supposed to be watching a girl
playing a boy, on another level they are perfectly aware that they are
watching a boy playing a girl playing a boy for the better part of the
play. On this level, Cesario's love for Orsino would be perceived as gay
love, because although he is supposed to be a girl dressed as a boy, he
is, in fact, a boy dressed as a boy. The same thing would be true of As
You Like It. The love routines between Orlando would be between two men
both dressed as men. Was Shakespeare tricking the audience into watching
gay love scenes?

Stephanie H.

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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Jul 1998 11:48:30 -0700
Subject: 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

I hadn't read Michael Friedman's post when I posted regarding an all
male cast for As You Like It. He asks why the Globe hasn't given the
part of Rosalind to a male actor. I think the answer may lie with my
last post. While the French Princess remains a "female" throughout
his/her love scene with Henry, with AYLI, and Rosalind dressed as, and
imitating as best she can, a male, the love scenes between Orlando and
Rosalind may look too much like gay love scenes. Here we may also be
bringing in the question of those hordes of school children, and what
the Globe might regard as "appropriate" for them to see.

Stephanie H.

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From:           Louis Swilley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Jul 1998 07:23:08 -0500
Subject: 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0672  Re: All-Male H5

Years ago, Ronald Pickup, then of course in his salad days, played
Rosalind in an all-male production at the National Theatre - or was that
at Old Vic - anyway, the very wonderful effect (which I hope was indeed
Shakespeare's intention, considering his all-male troupe) was the
delightfully puzzling ambiguity of the lines and reactions as the male
actor pretending to be Rosalind who in turn pretends to be a man
addresses another male actor pretending to be a woman.  The sexual
contexts kept shifting dimensions - to everyone's entertainment and
instruction.
 

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