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Re: Work and Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2521  Thursday, 1 November 2001

[1]     From:   Jane Drake Brody <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 09:31:14 EST
        Subj:   Working Players

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 11:45:27 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 12.2503 Re: Work and Play


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From:           Jane Drake Brody <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 09:31:14 EST
Subject:        Working Players

In defense of working players,

I find it very simple-

No actors = no theatre = no theatre scholars.

Don't bite the pretentious hand that feeds you, in most cases you are
better fed than the "biter" him/herself.

Jane Drake Brody

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 31 Oct 2001 11:45:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Work and Play
Comment:        SHK 12.2503 Re: Work and Play

Dear William Sutton,

The answer to your question 'What's the problem with actors being
pretentious, it's their job: they pretend to be someone else' is that
that is precisely the problem. Acting, in the sense of pretending to be
someone else, is a paltry business which most of us can accomplish
without difficulty. 'Playing' is something else entirely, requiring
skills rarely available on the modern stage. I should add that your
subsequent remarks have caused considerable offence here at the Critical
Theory Workshop's Experimental Rehearsal Space. Both Mr. Bradley and Mr.
Leavis have threatened to hand in their T shirts and our statue of
Harold Bloom couchant, in sweater and leotards, has been mysteriously,
not to say crudely, defaced.  My own exercise class on motivation in the
Short Article or Note ('The Critic Prepares' 101) is consequently in
jeopardy, whilst our janitor, Furness, has taken to lurking in
unexpected places.  In the circumstances, your name has been reported to
Mr. Jensen.

Terence Hawkes

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