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Re: Children; Hamlets; Sh. in Parking Lot; Poison;
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0687  Friday, 24 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Cary M. Mazer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 13:08:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0686  Re: Children and Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 14:01:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Hamlets on Video

[3]     From:   Martin Jukovsky <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 14:17:08 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

[4]     From:   Tom M Mueller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 21:40:54 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Poison

[5]     From:   John Owen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 23:07:25 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0678  Shakespeare Films and Videos


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From:           Cary M. Mazer <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 13:08:16 -0400
Subject: 9.0686  Re: Children and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0686  Re: Children and Shakespeare

>Kathleen Hannah  wrote:

>Diane Stanley has a few books out that deal with Sakespeare's time, lots
>of nice illustrations. Bruce Coville and Ann Keay Beneduce have both
>recently retold _The Tempest_ in large-format illustrated books.
>Coville also did _Midsummer_, I believe it is. Other retellings include
>E. Nesbit's from the 1890s, Bernard Miles's _Favorite Tales from
>Shakespeare_ (1976) and _Well-Loved Tales from Shakespeare_ (1986),
>Geraldine McCaughrean's _Stories from Shakespeare_ (1994), and, perhaps
>best, Leon Garfield's _Shakespeare Stories_ (1985) and _Shakespeare
>Stories II (199?). There are dozens more.

I grew up with a volume my parents have given me as a birthday present,
_Twenty Tales from Shakespeare_ by Irene Buckman, with a forward by
Peggy Ashcroft (Random House, 1963), designed expressly for parents and
children about to go to see the plays in the theatre.  I don't know how
good the text is (I haven't reread any of it, even after I fetched it
from my bookshelves in my parents' house to put it on the Shakespeare
shelves in my study), though I do remember treasuring-and I treasure
still-the fact that the book is illustrated with photographs (mostly
McBean shots from the 50s) from theatrical performances.  I remember
being intrigued by photographs of more than *one* production for any
given play, an indication, which I must have absorbed even then, that
character resides, not in the sky or in the imagination, but in each
actor's embodiment.

Cary

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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 14:01:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Hamlets on Video

On this subject, there was a 2-part BBC series, interviewing Schell,
Gielgud, Olivier, Barrault, et al., I think the title was "To Be
Hamlet".  Any information on how to get that one would be appreciated
here!

Cheers,
Andy White
Arlington, VA

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From:           Martin Jukovsky <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 14:17:08 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Today's Boston Globe has a good piece on Shakespeare in the Parking Lot-
free open-air productions done in a New York City parking lot.  You can
read it at
<http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe/globehtml/204/Shakespeare_and_company.htm>.
I f the article is no longer at the Globe's site, send me an E-mail and
I'll send it to you.  (Copyright restrictions prohibit me from posting
it here.)

Martin Jukovsky
Cambridge, Mass.

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From:           Tom M Mueller <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 21:40:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Poison

Regarding the poison used in R & J (although if I remember correctly the
original question was concerning Romeo's poison), did anyone consider
Barabas' potion in Marlowe's _The Jew of Malta_ ?

        I drank of poppy and cold mandrake juice,
        And being asleep, belike they thought me dead, (V.i.80-81)

Tom Mueller

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From:           John Owen <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jul 1998 23:07:25 EDT
Subject: 9.0678  Shakespeare Films and Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0678  Shakespeare Films and Videos

>Can anyone recommend a VHS-recorded performance or film (preferably a
>full-performance) of A Mid-Summer Night's Dream?  I'm feeling seasonal .
>. .

You can hardly do better than the easily available BBC version with
Peter McEnery and Helen Mirren. It is beautifully acted and brilliantly
conceived by director Elisha Moshinski.

John Owen
 

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