The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1822 Monday, 25 October 1999.
Date: Sunday, 24 Oct 1999 20:06:00 EDT
Subject: How to "archive" a production?
Are there sites for depositing and accessing contemporary productions of
early plays (including but not necessarily limited to Shakespeare)?
I just finished a production of three Wakefield Master plays: Killing of
Abel, Noah's Flood, and the 2nd Shepherds play. Great fun, lively cast,
rollicking audiences. We have a stack of photos, a promptbook with
cuts, revisions, blocking and music, and even a videotape. If you want
to see how we solved the problems of Cain's plowteam, the counting-out
game of Cain's sacrifice, and the burning of the offerings, or our flood
for Noah, or tossing Mak in the blanket, I could tell you, show photos,
run the video. But likely you wouldn't know to ask. I wouldn't (don't
right now) know how to get the material out there.
Anyone know about setting "protocols" for what to save for sharing? How
to? Can you recommend website weavers? Are there magic words or
exemplary sites to use when talking to e-cognoscenti?
Anyone interested in building an archive?
For these early plays I know there is a just-begun website connected to
the RORD/ PERFORM people (somehow now buried in my e-mail software) to
display images of Medieval drama productions.
But what about Shakespeare? I remember a wonderful production of
PERICLES at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Photographic images or
director's notes would be a fabulous teaching resource.