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Re: Hope you can help
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0519  Thursday, 16 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Susan Neill <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2000 20:18:55 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0514 Re: Hope you can help

[2]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Mar 2000 07:09:07 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0492 Hope you can help


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From:           Susan Neill <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Mar 2000 20:18:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 11.0514 Re: Hope you can help
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0514 Re: Hope you can help

Is theatre a search for God? In the sense that any artistic or creative
effort might be thought of as an attempt to understand the self,
individual or human, and to connect with others, yeah, maybe so.  But,
in my mind, it is not the search for the God of any religious tradition.

Susan Neill

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Mar 2000 07:09:07 -0600
Subject: 11.0492 Hope you can help
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0492 Hope you can help

Sarah Boswell asks,

" 1) Is the underlying impetus of theatre through our history from
ritual
 to the avant garde in fact a search for God?"

[All great art is a search for God, or for a formula or abstraction that
elucidates the mystery of the profoundest human experience.]

 "2) Theater cannot hold onto the images it produces."

[Well, these days it can be *filmed*.  Does that satisfy?]

 "3) Theater has an absolute dependence on the past."

 [Yes, for even a science-fiction work about the future must be a
calculus from experience.]

              [L. Swilley]
 

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