The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0145 Tuesday, 23 January 2001
Date: Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 14:42:00 EST
Subject: 11.1432 Performing 'The Tempest'
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1432 Performing 'The Tempest'
I'm going to be directing "The Tempest" this May at Daniel Webster
College in Nashua, NH, under the auspices of a local community theatre
group. The question I have which I haven't found an answer for yet in
the dozens of books on the Tempest I've been reading is this; is the
play usually performed without dramaturgical cuts? i.e., Is the play as
it stands, say in the first folio, of reasonable length, say two to
three hours, for performance in front of a typical modern audience?
Thanks, and I'm sure I may have more questions as the rehearsals begin
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0143 Tuesday, 23 January 2001
Date: Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 11:04:19 -0600
Subject: 12.0125 Re: Hamlet's Family
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0125 Re: Hamlet's Family
Ms. Peterson-Kranz wrote,
"If we play the "what if-speculation" game, it seems like part of
Claudius's master plan might have been to get rid of Hamlet, THEN find a
way of getting rid of Gertrude ... And of course, if Claudius managed
to eliminate Gertrude while Hamlet was on his way to his death in
England, he wouldn't have to explain it to her at all."
But Claudius, in his soliloquy, says he is "still possessed of those
effects for which I did the murder -... my queen." I suppose that
"queen" here might indeed be construed as merely another aspect of his
political ambitions, as Ms. Peterson-Kranz suggests, but it would
dangerously lighten Claudius' character if his problem is not extended
by a passionate love for this lady.