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Re: SHAKSPERean Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1421  Friday, 8 June 2001

[1]     From:   Melissa D. Aaron <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 13:07:35 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 16:29:22 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters

[3]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 19:19:45 -0500
        Subj:   SHAKSPERcast

[4]     From:   Virginia Byrne <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Jun 2001 20:25:36 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters

[5]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Fri, 8 Jun 2001 21:11:08 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters

[6]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Friday, June 08, 2001
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPERean Characters


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From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 13:07:35 -0700
Subject: 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?

>Charles Weinstein wrote:
>
> I played Polonius in a recent production ...
>
>This gave me considerable pause for thought.  Now, based on their
>postings here, are there any Shakespearean characters that members might
>be thought to play in real life (so to speak)?
>
>Mike Jensen as Harry Hotspur?  Sean Lawrence as Henry V?  Terence Hawkes
>as Feste?
>
>Any thoughts?
>
>John Briggs

I'd like to add to this:  is there any Shakespearean character
SHAKSPERians would most like NOT to be?  I am reminded of a poem by
Ogden Nash, in which he ponders this question in re fiction in general,
and comes up with:

                        "one solid fact emerges:
        I would most like not to be Yowler the Bobcat in the nature
stories
        of Thornton W. Burgess."

I think I would most like not to be Cordelia.  Fortunately, there is
little danger of that.

Unsilently yours,
Melissa D. Aaron

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 16:29:22 -0700
Subject: 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?

>Mike Jensen as Harry Hotspur?

How utterly bizarre to see yourself through the eyes of another,
especially when the fit seems so bad.  As a descendant of the
Buckinghams, I expect to lose my head for faithful service.

Mike Jensen

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 19:19:45 -0500
Subject:        SHAKSPERcast

John Briggs wants to cast us.  Good idea.  May I lay claim to Escalus in
MM?  It was my first substantial role in Sh. (1970  I was a benevolent
older man of 40 that year) and I still have some of the lines in my head
somewhere.  My first role of all was the Bear in a production of WT.  I
wrote about that (I think) for the listserv not long after I joined
perhaps 3 or 4 yrs. ago.

Cheers for blind casting

John

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From:           Virginia Byrne <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Jun 2001 20:25:36 EDT
Subject: 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?

George Bush as Richard the Third?

Virginia Byrne

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Fri, 8 Jun 2001 21:11:08 +1000
Subject: 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters?

I quite fancy myself as Rosalind or Viola, I must say--wishful thinking,
no doubt. But seriously, the idea of a girl dressing as a boy, to do
something adventurous and brave, and then being revealed for who she
was, always appealed to me as a child..and an adolescent.

Sophie
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, June 08, 2001
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPERean Characters

Oh, Oh, Oh !!!! Can we pick our own character? I'll play. I'll play.

I imagine myself a Prospero to this list, mysteriously making things
happen in the background and exercising my authoritarian ways. Wait a
minute; maybe I'm just the Wizard of Oz -- all smoke and mirrors.

Hardy

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