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Re: The Power of Words
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1782  Thursday, 21 September 2000.

[1]     From:   Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Sep 2000 18:22:43 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1768 Re: The Power of Words

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Sep 2000 16:34:45 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 11.1768 Re: The Power of Words

[3]     From:   Werner Broennimann <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:17:28 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1754 Re: The Power of Words


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From:           Marilyn A. Bonomi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Sep 2000 18:22:43 -0400
Subject: 11.1768 Re: The Power of Words
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1768 Re: The Power of Words

Charles Weinstein writes,

<<By the way, although my comments on gay actors drew criticism, nobody
has bothered to attack my exactly cognate remarks on short actors.
Since the issue is one of casting, why are the latter fair comment and
the former not?  >>

Frankly, this insistence on typecasting is what's offensive, not merely
the bigoted attitude toward Sher's sexual nature...

Short actors are no more disadvantaged  than tall ones unless a part has
some really determining element... I agree that Sher might find playing
Lincoln too much of a stretch.

Marilyn A. Bonomi

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Sep 2000 16:34:45 -0700
Subject: Re: The Power of Words
Comment:        SHK 11.1768 Re: The Power of Words

What's that expression?  Give them enough rope...

> I did not say that a gay actor could never play Macbeth effectively.

>  But some gay actors certainly can't.

> As a short, gay character actor who specializes in the comic grotesque,
> Antony Sher is at a disadvantage in playing Macbeth.

That sure is a lot of talk about gay actors from someone who suddenly
finds it to his advantage to claim homosexuality isn't the issue.  You
don't even realize that you continue doing this, do you?

Can we agree that some actors are miscast is some roles, and it has
nothing to do with sexual preference?  If not, the statements are
undeniably bigoted, not that this will stop you from denying it.

It also seems significant that Sher is mostly acclaimed in the role, but
you have a elaborate explanation as to why he can't possibly be good
based on his sexuality and height(!).  Yet you claim there is no
bigotry, and seem to mean it.  Well, there was a time I convinced myself
of some pretty silly things.  I needed to believe them, so I did.  I
think I'm past that, but you never know.  At any rate, I think I'm
beginning to understand how you can hold two impossible ideas at the
same time.

By the way, my friend Will is 5' 4" and my friend Dick is 5' 5".  They
would like to have a word with you in the alley.  My friends Tim and
Mike, both 6' 7", are laughing at us all.

6' 1", with no where to go but down,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Werner Broennimann <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Sep 2000 09:17:28 +0100
Subject: 11.1754 Re: The Power of Words
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1754 Re: The Power of Words

Charles Weinstein writes: "As a short, gay character actor who
specializes in the comic grotesque, Antony Sher is at a disadvantage in
playing Macbeth."  This is nonsense.  I remember Antony Sher playing
Tamburlaine in the 1992 RSC Swan Theatre production directed by Terry
Hands; no one in the audience would have dreamed of considering his
height or sexual orientation when applauding him.

Werner Br

 

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