The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1501 Monday, 14 August 2000.
Date: Sunday, 13 Aug 2000 04:52:31 EDT
Subject: 11.1494 Re: Cymbeline at Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1494 Re: Cymbeline at Shakespeare Santa Cruz
I would like to thank those who have posted reviews of this production.
As its dramaturg, I am deeply interested in the responses it has
generated - both good and bad. Just for the record, however, I want to
counter Lila Geller's suggestion that the director, Danny Scheie, 'did
not like or trust the play'. He actually stated publicly that he thought
it was, from a technical point of view, perhaps the best play that
Shakespeare ever wrote. This might sound like special pleading to
encourage an audience most of whom had not even heard of the play
previously, but it is an opinion that he genuinely holds and that I
True, the words 'late play' and 'romance' do not spring to mind when
describing this production. But having worked so intensively on the text
for the last five months, I now consider that one of the reasons why
there is such a dearth of critical writing on the play is that those
descriptors are quite inadequate for categorising this wonderfully
sharp, polished and hilariously black writing.
I would welcome further comments.