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Re: The Capulets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0374  Friday, 5 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Louis Swilley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 09:40:20 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

[2]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 08:31:08 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

[3]     From:   Frances. K. Barasch <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 12:47:39 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

[4]     From:   C. David Frankel<
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 21:11:34 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

[5]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Friday, 5 Mar 1999 10:10:22 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 10.0358 Re: Capulets' Ages

[6]     From:   James Marino <
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        Date:   Friday, 05 Mar 1999 11:55:18 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0358 Re: Capulets' Ages


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From:           Louis Swilley" <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 09:40:20 -0600
Subject: 10.0367 Re: The Capulets
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

>Tonya Tilbeck asks about Lady Capulet's possible erotic interest in
>Paris.
>
>I don't know of any production that played up this motif.  But a long
>time ago, prob. in 1980s I saw a RSC production done in Northern Italian
>Mafia style in which Lady C .is carrying on a love affair with Tybalt.
>She gets hysterical over his death, and that may have inspired this
>tangent to the main action.  The ball scene was done as a cocktail party
>at which Tybalt gave Lady C. an abdominal massage through her dress.  It
>got the audience's attention.  This production has been called "The Alfa
>Romeo Giulietta" production, because Tybalt owned one in firey red which
>was driven onto the stage to awe the audience.  This for the deaths in
>3.1. Tybalt attacks Mercutio with a chain and the latter nimbly skips up
>onto the hood of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta so that T will risk damaging
>his beloved car if he attacks Mercutio with a paint threatening chain
>while he is on it.  A temporary lull in the fighting while Mercutio
>takes another position and then the deaths occur.  As the Alfa Romeo G.
>and the Mafia element will make clear, this was a flashy and imaginative
>production.  But the poetry kind of went down the drain.
>
>Cheers
>John Velz

And doesn't the Zeffirelli film make a similar point about Lady
Capulet's "interest" in Tybalt?  (Do I "remember me" correctly? ) Then,
the MacMillan (?)/Prokofiev/Nureyev/Fonteyn  "Romeo & Juliet" ballet
shows Lady Capulet expressing a grief at the death of Tybalt that is
beyond that to be expected of a mere cousin.

           L. Swilley

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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 08:31:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.0367 Re: The Capulets
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

Zeffirelli's 1968 cinematic text of Romeo and Juliet clearly suggests a
relationship between Lady Capulet (Natasha Parry) and Tybalt (Michael
York) that is more than cousinly in nature (in the Capulet feast scene,
at Tybalt's death).

Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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From:           Frances. K. Barasch <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 12:47:39 EST
Subject: 10.0367 Re: The Capulets
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

To digress on the RSC Alpha Romeo G production mentioned by John Velz:
the Mercutio-Tybalt duel took place in a very Italian piazza, with M and
friends sipping wine, getting drunk enough to look for teenage trouble.
Extras filled the piazza with noisy Lambrettas (real Italian style). and
the duel began after M scratched T's beautiful car with a key.    Lady C
was a cool, self-centered suburban matron type who was having a pedicure
while lying on a chaise upside down during the scene where she tries to
convince Juliet to marry.  The Duke looked like and wore a "John Gatti"
cashmere coat draped over his shoulders. John is right about the poetry:
it got lost but the staging and updating were great.  franceskbarasch

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From:           C. David Frankel<
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 1999 21:11:34 -0500
Subject: 10.0367 Re: The Capulets
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0367 Re: The Capulets

>>I always want to see a Lady C who is in love, or lust, with Paris.
>>My fantasy, and I've never seen it in production.
>
>>Tonya
>
>One of the many things that Baz Luhrmann does correctly in
>his film (and
>those who dismiss the film as cartoonish or simplistic are simply not
>watching with enough attention) is present a Lady Capulet who
>is clearly
>in love (or lust) with Paris, and living vicariously through Juliet.
>It's a marvelous touch, in a film filled with them.
>
>      Matt Bibb
>      Lost Dog Productions

I think Luhrmann has her lusting after Tybalt.

cdf

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Date:           Friday, 5 Mar 1999 10:10:22 -0500
Subject: Re: Capulets' Ages
Comment:        SHK 10.0358 Re: Capulets' Ages

>Romeo and Juliet were in their late 30s-early
>40s. Lady Capulet was in her 20s; Friar Lawrence was in his 20s. I
>didn't find this disruptive at all;

But surely that would make Juliet older than her mother?

By the way, has there *ever* been a professional production of R&J where
Juliet was actually Juliet's age -- 13?

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From:           James Marino <
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Date:           Friday, 05 Mar 1999 11:55:18 -0700
Subject: 10.0358 Re: Capulets' Ages
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0358 Re: Capulets' Ages

Tonya wrote that she had never seen a production with Lady Capulet
lusting for Paris. I felt budgeoned by that point in Luhrman's "William
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet".  Was I fantasizing?

Cheers,
James
 

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