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Re: Old Bill
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1869  Tuesday, 2 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Nov 1999 11:21:37 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 10.1855 Re: Old Bill

[2]     From:   Wes Folkerth <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Nov 1999 20:57:29 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Old Bill


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Nov 1999 11:21:37 -0800
Subject: Re: Old Bill
Comment:        SHK 10.1855 Re: Old Bill

Responding to Sean Laurence question:

>Does the fact that Jiang was taken to the Globe really
>tell us anything about its production?

I think it must.  It tells us at least this much: If protestor's are
carted off so Mr. Jiang would not be challenged or offended, then we may
assume that the Globe's production of JC would not offend or challenge
in the same way.  In other words, no one would stand on the stage and
shout, "Slap Jiang and make him treat Chinese dissidents better.  Free
Tibet!"

It doesn't tell us much else.  I have seen the production and the ideas
that could challenge President Jaing are not cut.  They are there on the
stage.  R2 may be my choice for a play to present to him, or maybe
Titus, but JC will do.

Being a mock Elizabethan production, down to men playing female
characters and a morris dance at the end, it could have certainly been
more confrontational.  What if it had been set in Beijing, for example?
Maybe in modern Chinese dress.  What if someone was dressed in Jiang's
typical style?  Hmmm.

Well, I assume Mark didn't know Jaing would be in attendance when the
play was planned, and a production should not be shaped for one member
of the audience anyway.

I think that many of Sean's points were well made and cogently argued,
though I do think there is a bit more of a difference between one side
and another than the rhetoric early in his post suggests.

I can't help thinking that the best way attacking President Jaing is on
the picket line and with letters to MPs and Congress, not by taking
swipes at The Globe Theatre.  Sean and I certainly agree there.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Wes Folkerth <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Nov 1999 20:57:29 -0500
Subject:        Re: Old Bill

A dissidence is but a chev'ril glove to a good wit?

Wes Folkerth
Montreal
 

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