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Re: Titus Warning
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0642  Friday, 31 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 11:24:29 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0634 Re: Titus Warning

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 08:25:52 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 11.0634 Re: Titus Warning

[3]     From:   Nicolas Pullin <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 15:59:35 -0600
        Subj:   SHK 11.0622 Re: Titus Warning


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 11:24:29 -0500
Subject: 11.0634 Re: Titus Warning
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0634 Re: Titus Warning

>Mike Jensen doesn't say exactly which Titus movie he is talking about,
>but I assume he means the one directed by Lorn Richley. Those intrigued
>might like to visit the movie's web page at
>http://www.richeyproductions.com/titus/ -- says it all, really.

Actually, he meant the Joe Redner film, starring porn actress Candy K.
Sweet (but this is not, I repeat NOT a porn film.  It's just atrocious).

They have a website at www.titusandronicus.com or you can purchase it
from us.  I'll have plenty of copies in Montreal for the strong
stomached and curious.

Tanya "Purveyor of Shlock" Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Multimedia

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 08:25:52 -0800
Subject: Re: Titus Warning
Comment:        SHK 11.0634 Re: Titus Warning

> Mike Jensen doesn't say exactly which Titus movie he is talking about,
> but I assume he means the one directed by Lorn Richley

Actually, no.  The made on video production I mentioned comes from
Tampa, Florida using local "talent."  I was not aware of the Richley
version.  Frankly, it looks superior from what little I can fell from
the web site.  If the quote by the esteemed Jonathan Bate is real,
Richley has my attention.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Nicolas Pullin <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Mar 2000 15:59:35 -0600
Subject: Re: Titus Warning
Comment:        SHK 11.0622 Re: Titus Warning

As issues have been raised concerning "community theatre," I would also
just like to add my own .02 concerning John Ciccarelli's response.
Though he eloquently defended various productions with which he has been
involved, he then proceeds to compare his own acting prowess favourably
with "any" regional Shakespeare Festival.  His statements seem yet again
to support the old theatrical stereotype that all good theatre happens
on the east coast (since NYC and DC were the examples offered of
"professional" theatre) and equally diminishes the accomplishments of
not only excellent and renowned festivals such as Ashland, Stratford
Ontario, etc, but also the smaller festivals with budgets similarly
challenged as his own and which produce first rate Shakespeare on
occasion.

I realise that this is probably an oversight, but regional theatre has
long been viewed as the source for exciting, ground-breaking versions of
classics, often because these companies may take risks that larger,
funded institutions cannot.

I would also like to add that, in agreement with Mr. Ciccarelli, I find
good Shakespearean acting can happen in any arena and often does not do
so in those places where it should be guaranteed.  This may not be due
to lack of talent, but rather that good Shakespeare is rarer than bad
Shakespeare because it is tough to do-that's why we love it and why it
is an art.  After all, we may be proud of productions for many
reasons-the effort involved, the journey taken, the teamwork, the
moments of insight-but how many of us can say we were in a production
that was wholly satisfying/fulfilling/inspiring-or perhaps even seen
one.  I count my own experiences of such, as professional actor and as
theatre-goer, on the fingers of one hand.
 

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