The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0933 Wednesday, 25 April 2001
From: Stephanie Hughes <
Date: Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 08:56:27 -0700
Subject: 12.0919 Re: Black Rosalind
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0919 Re: Black Rosalind
> Some excellent productions ARE >intentionally *disturbing*,
> >and may intentionally generate "dissonance,"
>Yes, that was what I was pointing to. . . . The degree of discomfort
>generated seems to me to be a
>sign that there is matter here that needs to be brought out and looked
>into, matter that would benefit from light and air.
>Although the first impulse is to "save the play"-- keep the problem
>below the level of consciousness-- I don't think that the millions of
>heated but intelligent words poured onto the matter of "Jewishness" in
>MOV have hurt either the play or the people whose minds have been
>engaged in grappling with it, do you?
Certainly the fact that the great Shakespeare does not conform to modern
PC offers excellent opportunities for discussion of current issues. I
suggested not long ago that kids doing Romeo and Juliet in school can
lead to important discussions of teenage suicide.
One must consider which forum is in question, the theater, a discussion
group, a class of teenagers, or some other. In the theater you must
consider your audience. One audience might benefit by, or appreciate,
being shocked. Another might simply be confused and feel their ticket
money was wasted.
Are we examining our own prejudices in this forum or are we attempting
to discover the author's purposes?
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