The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1749 Friday, 15 October 1999.
Date: Thursday, 14 Oct 1999 12:07:27 EDT
Subject: Mute Cordelia in Washington
Ive just returned to the list after a long absence, and wanted to let
folks know, if the subject hasn't been broached, that the current
version of KING LEAR at the Washington Shakespeare Theater, features a
mute Cordelia (although not apparently deaf). The actress, who is not
deaf, signs her lines, and these are read by those around her, notably
the Fool, arguing implicitly for a very close relationship between these
two. The King of France also reads for her. Unfortunately, where the
concept breaks down is-where else-"Her voice was ever low and gentle" so
Good production otherwise.
Has anyone ever done this before? If one thinks that the action perpends
around "THY SILENCE BE THY DOWRY", all kinds of nice things follow...
Best to all. HR Greenberg MD endit