2001

Re: High School Productions

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2795  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Annie Olso <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 7 Dec 2001 11:37:17 -0600
Subject:        Re: High School Productions

I have to agree with John's "Cheers for amateur productions." I have
directed two full-length Shakespearean plays--Much Ado About Nothing and
Midsummer Night's Dream--in a small high school. For both productions, I
had over half of the student body either onstage or backstage. No, all
my actors were not great, but the overall effect was incredible. Most
importantly, my students learned to love Shakespeare--to feel somewhat
proprietary about him even, to have a vested interest in his work.
Further, I can name at least 2 who went on to become professional
musicians and composers, both of whom will tell you that they learned
the rhythm and music of language from memorizing and delivering
Shakespeare's lines. For both productions, we earnestly studied the play
in the classroom before taking it onstage. I wanted the students to
understand and appreciate it as a work of literature before attempting
to bring it to life. Once they had brought a play to life, they were
able to translate those skills back into the classroom for study of
additional plays.

Thus, I add my voice to John's and cheer the amateur productions.

Annie Olson
English Department
LeTourneau University

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TOC: History Ireland 9/4

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2794  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 07 Dec 2001 12:12:20 -0600
Subject:        TOC: History Ireland 9/4

TOC: HISTORY IRELAND 9/4 (Winter 2001)

Maria Kelly, '"Unheard-of mortality": the Black Death in Ireland, 12-17

Reviews: N. Canny, Making Ireland British 1580-1650 (by Hiram Morgan)

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Re: Hermia

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2792  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 8 Dec 2001 13:01:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2779 Re: Hermia
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2779 Re: Hermia

> Shakespeare seemed to prefer mellifluous names,
> which may be why
> Macbeth's wife is Lady Macbeth and not Gruoch.

Actually, she is never referred to by the appellation Lady Macbeth. Nor,
I am told by Pamela Mason, do the early texts refer to her as Lady
Macbeth. There are three different variations of her designation as a
speech header. She is even called Macbeth's Lady but interestingly
enough never Lady Macbeth. It appears to be an early editor's invention.

Brian Willis

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Re: Subtext

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2793  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 07 Dec 2001 10:41:00 -0800
Subject: 12.2772 Re: Subtext
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2772 Re: Subtext

Bill Godshalk replies that what lies in the interstices of the text is

>nothing -- unless you mean the white spaces.

Ah, but what is nothing?  The nihilation at the heart of being which
allows for Sartrean freedom?  The existential gap across which
Kierkegaard hoped to leap?  The infinite distance between self and
other?  The nothingness of negative theology?

Cheers,
Se


Re: Ghost Dad-French

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2791  Monday, 10 December 2001

From:           John Ramsay <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 08 Dec 2001 17:04:31 -0500
Subject: 12.2782 Re: Ghost Dad-French
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2782 Re: Ghost Dad-French

> I've been waiting for Richard Burt to field this one. "Packing" among
> some lesbians means wearing a dildo in your jeans. Which would give the
> phrase "Pistol packin mama" an almost Shakespearean set of resonances.
>
> Ed Kranz

Has more of a Mae West than a Shakespearian resonance: "Is that a gun in
your pocket or ..."

I know us SHAKSPERians think Will's the greatest but let's not give him
credit for everything -:)

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