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Re: Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2756  Wednesday, 5 December 2001

From:           M. Yawney <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 13:53:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2721 Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2721 Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline

> Graham Hall wrote that
>
> > "Theatre for a New Audience", an Off-Broadway
> > Company (NYC) on first
> > international tour, is giving Cymbeline currently
> at
> > The Other Place,
> > Stratford-upon-Avon.
>
> Just a quick note.  This production by Bartlett
> Sher, artistic director
> of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, was staged at the by
> Intiman in Seattle
> last spring.  I visited Seattle last year and missed
> the production by
> just a couple of days.  Friends who saw it had very
> mixed reactions: not
> only does it employ cowboy and C/W motifs, but also
> elements of Kabuki,
> martial arts movies and Indonesian dance (reportedly
> -- again, I haven't
> seen it, yet).  This kind of merry mix of styles and
> cultural elements
> doesn't go down easily with everyone.  I'm grateful
> for Graham's post
> and responses, and I'm curious about whether any
> other list members saw
> the production in Seattle or Stratford or elsewhere,
> and what they might
> have thought of it.

It sounds like this production developed out of the Cymbeline he did
outdoors at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which drew on the history and
culture of that state. (Which I also did not see.)

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