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Re: NY Shakespeare's R&J
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1653  Thursday, 30 September 1999.

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 09:21:07 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J

[2]     From:   David P. McKay <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 10:37:52 EDT
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[3]     From:   James P. Lusardi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 12:34:59 -0500 (CDT)
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 18:12:01 +0100
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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 09:21:07 -0400
Subject: 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J

Yes, I did see it.  I have written about it in an essay I have
forthcoming entitled "No Holes Bard: Homonormativity and the Gay and
Lesbian Romance with Romeo and Juliet." It's forthcoming in Shakespeare
Without Class: Transversal Territory and the Misappropriation of
Cultural Capital, eds. Don Hedrick and Bryan Reynolds (New York: St.
Martin's Press, 2000). Is the script now commercially available?
Supposedly, the play was being turned into a film last Fall.  Never
heard more about it.

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From:           David P. McKay <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 10:37:52 EDT
Subject: 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J

To Dale Lyle:

I was fortunate enough to see Shakespeare's R&J twice: first, at the
beginning of the run with the original cast; and then about two weeks
before it closed, with a revised cast. Although the different casts gave
different overall interpretations to the script, both productions
succeeded (in my opinion) because the actors kept the characters of the
schoolboys separate from the characters in Shakespeare's play. In other
words, the audience was never allowed to forget that what it was
watching was 4 schoolboys playing Shakespeare. In some ways the frame
was more important than the Shakespeare, even though almost all the
dialogue in the script comes from Shakespeare. The way it "worked" was
that to start the boys were playing the Shakespeare for laughs, almost
as camp. But at a very crucial moment (Juliet's first conversation with
her mother and the nurse), the actor playing the schoolboy playing
Juliet began to play the part "straight." The other actors/schoolboys
followed suite, and the Shakespeare characters stopped being caricatures
and became "real."

I gave a paper on this production at the RSA conference in Los Angeles
in March. At the time, the script was still not available and there were
no plans to publish it. I would appreciate it if you could let me know
where you got a hold of it.

Also, I understand that there is an archival video of the first cast at
the Lincoln Center Library. There was also some talk that Joe Calarco,
the director and scriptwriter, was going to turn it into a full-scale
film version. Unfortunately, the last I had heard was that this had
fallen through.

Hope this is helpful.

Best,
David P. McKay

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From:           James P. Lusardi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 12:34:59 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J

Dear Dale Lyles:

Re: Expanded Arts (NY) R&J, see Jane Collins' review in Shakespeare
Bulletin 16.2 (Spring 1998): 16-17.

Yours--Jim Lusardi, Co-Editor, SB

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 1999 18:12:01 +0100
Subject: Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J
Comment:        SHK 10.1648 Q: NY Shakespeare's R&J

Any chance the script would be available in UK? Sounds very
interesting..... ?
 

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