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Re: Future of the Classics
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0524  Thursday, 16 March 2000.

From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Mar 2000 06:45:45 -0600
Subject: 11.0449 Future of the Classics-Is there one?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0449 Future of the Classics-Is there one?

Sarah Boswell asked,

"Have the classics got any relevance in today's society and have they
got a future?"

[The classics have an abiding, an immortal relevance in every society
that was, is, or will be.  They are relevant because they deal with the
constants of human nature which will not change until, like the gazelle,
we are able to leap from the womb and take full charge of ourselves
without depending on anyone else. ]

"Which therefore brings around the question - am I wasting my time
training to be a classical actress?'"

[What better training could there be than in those actions and reactions
that unite the actor with the deepest, the timeless elements in
humankind?]

            [L. Swilley]
 

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