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Re: Cordelias
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1041  Monday, 7 May 2001

[1]     From:   Bruce Golden <
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        Date:   Friday, 4 May 2001 12:40:11 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting

[2]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:27:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting


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From:           Bruce Golden <
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Date:           Friday, 4 May 2001 12:40:11 EDT
Subject: 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting

>I had a quick epiphany. Realized
>all of a sudden that Cordelia was cast not for her color but for her
>light-weight body. Frank Silvera was not a physically strong actor.

Isn't a similar point made in _The Dresser_, but there Albert Finney's
Lear is getting along in years.

-Bruce Golden

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Saturday, 5 May 2001 00:27:13 -0400
Subject: 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1036 Re: Color-Blind Casting

Yes, casting Cordelia is often difficult for the old man playing her
dad!  It's hard NOT to think about practical matters and then make them
work on stage.

Paul E. Doniger

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