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Re: Imaginary Audio Chat
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1468  Tuesday, 12 June 2001

From:           Ann Carrigan <
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Date:           Mon, 11 Jun 2001 14:16:38 EDT
Subject: 12.1446 Re: Imaginary Audio Chat
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1446 Re: Imaginary Audio Chat

Larry Weiss wrote:

> As I grew more and more dehydrated I became sillier
> and sillier, to the point where I found myself
> reading the posts aloud in accents I imagine the
> posters might hold as their own.

This is pretty unrelated, but last year I got the "brilliant" idea of
using the Internet as a means to create an audio production of a play.
Originally my idea was whetted by the belief that Jonson's "Sejanus"
would play better than it read on paper, and the inability to find an
audio or video copy.

I posted my idea to humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare, and a few people
were interested, but there were lots of logistical problems to work
through. At that time Firetalk was in existence, and they offered a
structured forum type of audio chatroom, where the "cast" could be
"miked" and the audience could communicate through text-chat on the
side. I thought a dozen or so people could read a play, including a
narrator for scene changes and stage directions, and perhaps another
person could guide the listeners to web sites with pictures on them that
would illustrate the scenes, or web sites with the text on them (to
follow along).

Firetalk is now defunct. Maybe the idea was silly, but the thought of
putting on the first live multiple-user Shakespeare reading still
intrigues me. A few actors scoff at the "play reading" concept in
general, but to me, making an amateur attempt only makes me appreciate
good acting more.

Until someone comes along and does what Firetalk did for free voice-chat
capability, I guess the idea goes back to the shelf. I was too chicken
to bring up the idea here at the time (you SHAKSPEReans were an
intimidating lot at first.)

Best regards,
Ann Carrigan

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