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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0752  Monday, 26 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Judith Craig <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 11:33:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0743 Cheap Date

[2]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 20:41:50 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0730 Biographical Index to Elizabethan Theater

[3]     From:   Paul Nelsen <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 22:05:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0734 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

[4]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Apr 1999 11:09:25 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0735 Re: Stage Blood


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From:           Judith Craig <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 11:33:23 -0500
Subject: 10.0743 Cheap Date
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0743 Cheap Date

After seeing "My Own Private Idaho" last night, I think a cheap date to
"A Good Hanging is Better than an Bad Marriage" would benefit both me
and Bardolf, whose "nose is executed, and his fire's out" (Henry V,
3.6.104-5).

Judy Craig

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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 20:41:50 +0000
Subject: 10.0730 Biographical Index to Elizabethan Theater
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0730 Biographical Index to Elizabethan Theater

Many thanks to David Kathman for this biographical index. What a
wonderful tool for a researcher! It has certainly gone into my list of
bookmarks.

Stephanie Hughes

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From:           Paul Nelsen <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 22:05:09 -0500
Subject: 10.0734 Re: Barton's War of the Roses
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0734 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

Jeff Kean's hunt for a copy of John Barton's script for THE WARS OF THE
ROSES cycle reminded me of a book dedicated to recounting the original
RSC productions, directed by Peter Hall.  Finding a copy of Richard
Pearson's A BAND OF ARROGANT AND UNITED HEROES published in London by
Adelphi Press (1990) may be as challenging as locating the Barton text.
But if Kean is seriously interested in the productions, Pearson's book
is worth the effort. In addition to a wealth of anecdotal chronicle
profiling the development of the 1963 epic staging of the cycle, Pearson
includes examples of Barton's (cum Hall) cleverly cobbled together
script.  Appendices include a complete list of titles for the original
77 scenes, with notes indicating which scenes were cut or transposed in
the prompt script for the performed version.

In his "Foreward" to the volume, Peter Hall mentions a "flickering"
black and white video tape of the production (made by the BBC in 1965)
survives.  I wonder where that may be found.  The Shakespeare Centre
Library in Stratford?

Paul Nelsen
Marlboro College

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Apr 1999 11:09:25 EDT
Subject: 10.0735 Re: Stage Blood
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0735 Re: Stage Blood

We used the red dye and Ivory soap flakes combination when we did Henry
VI, Part 3, and had a special basin for all the dead folk to strip off
immediately upon removal from the stage.  Knowing how red is, I was
worried that all our costumes would be ruined forever, but indeed, most
of the color washed right out.  I think the immediate soaking and
washing is what does it, though.  We hedged our bets a little bit by
having those who were about to die be without doublets; the shirts
showed the blood better anyway.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Compay
 

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