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Re: Gymnomacbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0970  Thursday, 10 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Milla Riggio <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 12:37:43 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 17:05:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth

[3]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 19:18:14 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth


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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 12:37:43 -0400
Subject: 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth

Well, of course, there is the sleepwalking scene in Polanski's MACBETH,
which was partly co-"sponsored" by Hugh Hefner.  The hearsay, probably
apocryphal, story is that Polanski showed Hefner the sleepwalking scene
with the lovely lady in the nude and that is all Hefner saw before the
film was released.  What he saw is what he got.

Milla Riggio

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 17:05:47 -0400
Subject: 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth

I wonder if this isn't the same show put on by a Mike Pinter, owner of
the Club Bwana Cocktail Lounge in Castlebury Florida.  he tried to get
around new laws limiting public nudity by doing a sketch of Macbeth.  he
was on NPR's All Things Considered last May 28.

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 19:18:14 -0600
Subject: 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0962 Gymnomacbeth

Mort Nickell wrote:

>According to The Charlotte Observer of 06.08.99, some performers in
>Orlando revealed a new wrinkle in performing Macbeth when, according to
>the paper, "The owner of an adult nightclub and three dancers who
>challenged an anti-nudity ordinance by performing Macbeth in the buff
>were charged Monday with violating the law." I really doubt if this
>exposes a new way to perform this work, since I'm relatively sure some
>enterprising soul has thought of this before-maybe not for Stratford in
>Ontario or Warwickshire, but probably at some lesser known venue. It
>would certainly cut expenses for costumes to the bare bones.

Here's an article about the performance as it appeared on cnn.com, but
before the owner and dancer were charged.

Dave Kathman

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>From cnn.com:

Strrip club performs `Macbeth' to challenge anti-nudity law

May 29, 1999
Web posted at: 10:53 AM EDT (1453 GMT)

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) -- Skipping the usual oil wrestling match, an
adult nightclub challenged an anti-nudity law Friday night by performing
part of "Macbeth" in the nude.

Three dancers at Club Juana performed the opening witches scene from
William Shakespeare's play as well as an adaptation of a play by the
Marquis de Sade.

The performance was intended to challenge Seminole County's anti-nudity
ordinance. Since the ordinance was approved in November, the dancers
have been forced to wear at least a G-string and pasties.

The law exempts "bona fide performances"-which, according to county
officials, refers to legitimate theater.

"We're trying to say to the public, 'Look at this. Your government
officials have prevented nudity but they're exempting bona fide
nudity,"' said Steven Mason, Club Juana's attorney. "Whose bona fide
nudity? It's hypocritical."

Officers from the county sheriff's department videotaped the
performances and will decide whether to charge the women.

The show was not typical adult entertainment, said Lt.  Sammy Gibson,
commander of the City/County Investigative Bureau. "There was some
choreography to it and some reading parts and speech parts and
literature parts," he said.

"I feel comfortable enough in saying that they were not professional
theater-type performers," he said. "They had not been-or excelled-in any
theatrical school."

Between the "theater" performances, the strippers returned to dancing in
G-strings and pasties.

Dancers and club owners also have attacked the ordinance in court with
four lawsuits, which are still pending.
 

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