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Re: Modern Dress Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0454  Tuesday, 7 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Mar 2000 11:02:35 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0447 Modern Dress Query

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2000 01:42:24 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0447 Modern Dress Query

[3]     From:   Nicole Imbracsio <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 00:44:39 -0700
        Subj:   RE: Modern Dress Query


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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Mar 2000 11:02:35 -0500
Subject: 11.0447 Modern Dress Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0447 Modern Dress Query

Rightly or wrongly, it is often perceived that modern audiences are
unable to identify with productions in "funny" costumes; the shift to
modern dress is supposed to prevent the audience from being even more
uncomfortable (they already have to deal with poetry and unfamiliar
vocabulary). And, of course, except for an established resident company
that has a costume shop and a wardrobe, Renaissance costuming is
difficult and expensive. (Of course, for the Roman plays, all you need
is a bunch of bedsheets.) An actor who is used to jeans and sweatshirts
doesn't necessarily know how to move in a farthingale or doublet (or in
"traditional" casting, a doublet followed by a farthingale!)

Dana

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From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Mar 2000 01:42:24 -0500
Subject: 11.0447 Modern Dress Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0447 Modern Dress Query

Hi, your project is not at all jejune. But do look up 'synchronism' in a
fair-sized dictionary.

John Ramsay
Welland Ontario

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From:           Nicole Imbracsio <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 2000 00:44:39 -0700
Subject:        RE: Modern Dress Query

I have directed several small scenes and workshops in Shakespeare and
Renaissance drama and have found that sometimes modern dress allows
easier adaptation of Shakespeare (etc.) to currrent times (aka. helping
audiences relate).

A fabulous recent example, as I am sure you know of, is the recent film
of Romeo and Juliet (dir. Luhrmann) in which guns are used in the place
of swords (wittingly called stamped with the "rapier" trademark).
Luhrmann wanted to make R&J more accessible to young audiences and
demonstrate the timelessness of the work-and he did a decent job at it.

-N.
 

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