The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1536 Friday, 18 August 2000.
From: Stephen Holcombe <
Date: Thursday, 17 Aug 2000 20:41:46 -0400
Subject: The Offending Bard
Although members of this list would be the last to think of Shakespeare
as dry and dull, they may be interested in a recent incident here in
East Tennessee which proves the Bard's continuing ability to stir an
audience. According to local weekly Metro Pulse, a Boy Scout troop
leader in town for an Order of the Arrow convention interrupted a
performance of Taming of the Shrew by shouting, "This is the Knoxville
Police Department. Stop the show!" Confronted by the director, he said
that he "couldn't let them [the actors] curse around his boys."
Apparently the possibility that the best-known writer in the language
might not be G-rated was something he had not considered, and his actual
connection with the police, as well as perhaps with reality itself, was