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Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1386  Wednesday, 6 June 2001

[1]     From:   William Liston <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 08:51:52 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 12.1349 Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant

[2]     From:   Nicol Ariel <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 00:19:34 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1349 Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant


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From:           William Liston <
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Date:           Tuesday, 05 Jun 2001 08:51:52 -0500
Subject: Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant
Comment:        SHK 12.1349 Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant

I saw the Nunn MV at the Cottesloe on 14 Aug 1999, and took notes.

One note reads "Portia and Nerissa seem genuinely moved by Morocco's
despair.  Portia's 'Let all of his complexion choose me so' seems
nervous rationalization."

And Peter de Jersey did play Salerio.

Sincerely,  Bill Liston

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From:           Nicol Ariel <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 00:19:34 +0100
Subject: 12.1349 Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1349 Re: Colorblindness & Nunn's Merchant

>I just finished watching the "television adaptation" of Trevor Nunn's NT
>*Merchant of Venice", and had a couple of questions, related in part to
>the "colorblind" discussion,...

>I could hardly wait to see how
>she delivered the notorious line at II.vii.79: "Let all of his
>complexion choose me so." And they wimped out and cut the line!...  Did anyone
>see it at the Cottlesloe or later at the Olivier?  Can anyone remember?

I saw both, and have been racking my brains but I really can't
remember.  Sorry. But if you post your question on the notice board page
on the RNT website, NT marketing will find out for you. They're pretty
good like that.

www.nt-online.org/home.html .

Click on the speech bubble icon at the bottom of the home page.

Peter de Jersey did play Salerio in the stage production. Old Gobbo was
played by the black actor Oscar James in the Cottesloe. They did change
some members of the cast when it transferred to the Olivier, but I don't
have the cast list. Other colour blind casting? Michael Wildman played
Portia's servant Stephano. Which could be interesting given your
interpretation of the scene between Portia and Morocco.

All the best,
nicol

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