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Re: Edward III in North America
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1814  Tuesday, 26 September 2000.

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Sep 2000 13:54:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the Canon

[2]     From:   Tim Perfect <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Sep 2000 18:20:20 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the Canon


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Sep 2000 13:54:17 -0400
Subject: 11.1803 Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1803 Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the
Canon

Luella Massey, in announcing what sounds like a terrific conference in
Toronto to treat the nature and scope of the Shakespearean canon, states
that "A production of KING EDWARD III . . . will be presented in
conjunction with the conference. This will be the North American
premiere production of the most recent play to be attributed to the
Elizabethan master poet."  The play was in fact performed in full on the
campus of Case Western Reserve University during the summer of 1999 by
the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.  I don't think many of us who saw it
left the performance supposing that Shakespeare had much, if anything,
to do with the piece.  I believe there have been other productions as
well.

David Evett

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From:           Tim Perfect <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Sep 2000 18:20:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 11.1803 Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1803 Conference: Shakespeare Authorship and the
Canon

> From: Luella Massey <
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A production of KING EDWARD III (which was recently published by The New
Cambridge Shakespeare) will be presented in conjunction with the
conference. This will be the North American premiere production of the
most recent play to be attributed to the Elizabethan master poet.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your presentation of Edward III
will be at least the third production in North America (since the
announcement in September 1998). Directly after the "Announcement", a
company in Canada performed selections of the text (I believe it was
Shakespeare by the Sea).  In the Summer of 1999, the Cleveland
Shakespeare Festival did a complete production of the play (the first
full production after the "Announcement", and called the "Eastern US
Premiere", due to the fact that A company in LA has performed the play
in 1986.)  In November 1998, a company in Minneapolis the Council of
Doom Theatre Co., presented the play, and recently revived it again for
the Minnesota Fringe Festival this past summer.

Sorry if this seems as if I'm up on my high horse, but we did extensive
research on previous productions before our claim to the Eastern U.S.
Premiere, because we did not want to lay claim to something that was not
rightfully ours, so I'm a little protective...

Peace,
Tim Perfect
Former Executive Director
Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
http://www.cleveshakes.org/
 

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