2001

SCOTLAND, PA, Study Guide

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0987  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           David Linton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 14:35:20 -0400
Subject:        SCOTLAND, PA, Study Guide

There is a new adaptation of MACBETH called SCOTLAND, PA which is
scheduled to open in February distributed by Lot 47 Films.  It is a dark
comedy which parodies both the original as well as the recent spate of
Shakespeare adaptations.  Christopher Walken plays McDuff.

I have been asked to help prepare a study guide for the film and would
appreciate opinions and suggestions regarding what makes a good, useful
study guide for Shakespeare films.  What kinds of materials are useful
to include in such products?: pictures, posters, background, suggested
writing and research assignments, etc.?  Of course, I realize that if
you haven't seen the film you can't be specific, but generic ideas are
welcome.

As special preview screenings for the Shakespeare community are
scheduled, I'll keep the list informed.

Perhaps responses should be posted off list unless you think the topic
of the merits and demerits of study guides warrants an open airing.

Thanks,
David Linton
Chair, Humanities Division
Marymound Manhattan College

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Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0986  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 13:23:42 +0100
Subject: 12.0943 Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0943 Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography

Jim Harner writes about the World Shakespeare Bibliography:

> Actually, searching for an author is quite simple: typing
> 'harrison peter' in the Search screen box or in the Author
> Name field in the Advanced Search screen will quickly
> pull up all documents authored by Peter Harrison. (This
> is a process common to searching so many databases
> that I assumed even a novice would know this.)

This is true of the new interface you've just implemented in the last
few days, and my comment was about its predecessor:

:GIE> Surprisingly, the answer was to put in a search like this:
GIE>
GIE>    Author: Peter and Harrison
GIE>
GIE> That is, you had to do a logical 'and' within a single field

The reviewer who reported this problem was anything but a "novice" and
was in no way ignorant of common processes.  The fault was entirely the
rotten interface.

The new interface and the new data appear to be vast improvements and
the subscription costs are extraordinarily reasonable. If only there was
a CD....

Gabriel Egan

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Judge Punishes Kids with Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0984  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           Robert J. Matter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 28 Apr 2001 13:29:11 -0500
Subject:        Judge Punishes Kids with Shakespeare

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/shake28.html

Judge punishes kids with
Shakespeare

April 28, 2001

BY ADAM GORLICK

PITTSFIELD, Mass.--He killed to be king. And in the end, he was killed
in revenge.

For the 15-year-old playing Claudius in a scene from Shakespeare's
"Hamlet," the role was uncomfortably close to real life.

Convicted of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, Nate was among
nine juvenile offenders sentenced to the stage by a judge.

"I thought this was stupid at first, and I thought I would quit," he
said.  "But I'm proud of myself. I've never done anything all the way
through."

To quit or not to quit wasn't really an option. Participation was a
mandatory part of probation for the Berkshire County teens.

"What happens with these kids tomorrow--who knows?" said Juvenile Court
Judge Paul Perachi. "But at least we've given them the chance to see
they can complete something. We've given them tools to communicate and
hopefully to make better decisions."

The students' last names were not released, and authorities would not
allow their pictures to be taken because they are juveniles.

Thursday night's performance of 11 scenes from "Hamlet" was Perachi's
way of dealing with something rotten in Berkshire County.  He created
the program with help from the Lenox-based Shakespeare & Co. theater
troupe and a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The play was short on props; the sword fights and poisonings mostly were
conveyed with gestures. The actors' princely robes and gravedigger rags
could not conceal their sneakers and work boots.

For four hours a week in the past three months, the teenagers worked
with professional actors to practice lines, project their voices and
build their confidence. Accomplishment, not the play, was the thing.

"This is not a pack of frightening delinquents," said co-director Jenna
Wade, an actress with Shakespeare & Co. "They're just a bunch of kids.
But what they're experienced at is failure, so it was hard for them to
commit to something that they could have failed at again."

Associated Press

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New Maori MOV Film

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0985  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           Patricia Cooke <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 17:18:02 +1200
Subject:        New Maori MOV Film

Members of this list may be interested in a Maori-language version of
Shakespeare


Re: Hoffman's MND

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0983  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 28 Apr 2001 09:20:23 -0700
Subject: 12.0969 Re: Hoffman's MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0969 Re: Hoffman's MND

Just to follow up on Eva Diskow's question about bicycles in Hoffman's
MND, I would say that these elements of technology in the woods of
Athens struck me as among the most successful elements of the
production, which seemed to be set in a moment when technology was
displacing magic and art.  Another nice example occurs when Bottom shows
the fairies how to use a phonograph.  The Athenians also have a magic,
which amazes the fairies.

Cheers,
Se


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