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Re: Tom Stoppard
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1346  Monday, 4 June 2001

[1]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Jun 2001 11:45:03 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1330 Tom Stoppard

[2]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 09:06:54 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1330 Tom Stoppard


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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Sunday, 3 Jun 2001 11:45:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 12.1330 Tom Stoppard
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1330 Tom Stoppard

>HI all -
>
>Does anyone know anything about the play Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
>by Tom Stoppard? I am investigating Stoppard's Shakespeare-related works
>for my thesis, which I will propose this summer. I am particularly
>interested in any productions of Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth that
>may be on video.

I don't know of any video productions, but I have them on an old LP.  It
may have been re-released on CD.

Tom Dale Keever
Columbia University

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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Sunday, 03 Jun 2001 09:06:54 -0700
Subject: 12.1330 Tom Stoppard
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1330 Tom Stoppard

Marcia Eppich wrote:

>Does anyone know anything about the play Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
>by Tom Stoppard?

I love this play!  And I recently did a presentation on Stoppard
(although I was presenting TRAVESTIES) for a master's level class in
Dramatic Theory and Criticism.  TS originally wrote the 15-minute Hamlet
and Dogg's Our Friend (or some such title) as separate short
plays...then when he decided to explore the living room plays forced on
the Czechs (?) by their totalitarian government, he wrote Cahoot's
Macbeth and paired it with the other two, intermingled.

I saw this play done by a student director in college (didn't understand
it, but loved it); later I directed it (still didn't really get all of
the nuances of the Cahoot sections); and later saw a production done by
a wonderful community theatre (they made the Cahoot section so clear and
funny, but the Dogg section was kind of bland).

I can probably recommend some useful websites if you need some, but I
got a lot of recent info from online Journal services.  Most of them you
have to join and maybe pay for, but most universities subscribe to
several; my high school subscribes to one called Newsbank.

I also found these two books very helpful:
Tom Stoppard : Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead : Jumpers :
Travesties : Arcadia by Jim Hunter (no play texts included but loads of
information on him, his background, style, influences, etc.) and
Conversations with Tom Stoppard by Mel Gussow.  I bought both books on
amazon.com

If you want to discuss any more I'd be happy to take it off-list (or on
if others are interested!)

Useless git!
Susan.

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