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Re: Stage Combat
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0291  Saturday, 12 February 2000.

From:           Douglas Chapman <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Feb 2000 11:51:55 EST
Subject: 11.0283 Stage Combat
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0283 Stage Combat

One of the most remarkable moments I ever spent in the theatre was at
the Guthrie in Minneapolis when I was but a wee prat.

A group of us was taken by our director to see MND. I will NEVER forget
the opening. It was a staged fight: the war referred to after the play
began. It was entrancing. Both stylized and real, in dim and flashing
light, even ocassionally sounds through darkness, this as the most
memorable fight I can remember. WHen real war footage is shown on the
news, I hear that fight.

While I do remember some of the actual acted production (it was
excellent), it is that fight which shall always stick in my memory.
Whether haunted or merely memorable, I can not say.

Douglas Chapman

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