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Re: SHAKSPERean Characters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1479  Wednesday, 13 June 2001

[1]     From:   Edward Pixley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:29:31 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1415 SHAKSPERean Characters

[2]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 03:24:54 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1464 Re: SHAKSPERean Characters


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From:           Edward Pixley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 10:29:31 -0400
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)?

I, too,  played Polonius, many years ago in a university production.  As
a young man, in my mid-20s, I got wonderful reviews for my ability to
understand and portray this aging man.  Now, as an ostentatiously aging
man, I frequently see far too much of Polonius's garrulous and obtuse
nature in myself and wonder, perhaps, whether that casting director knew
something I didn't.   Nevertheless, I would far rather be Polonius than
that waterfly, Osric.  As we age, most of us would probably like to be
fonts of wisdom, but Shakespeare seems to have lacked great reverence
for that type.

Ed Pixley

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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 03:24:54 +0100
Subject: 12.1464 Re: SHAKSPERean Characters
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1464 Re: SHAKSPERean Characters

Your Mr President Bush is already cast for MND V.1.135, together with
lantern, dog and thorn. I don't believe that he is able to perform more
roles than that one. And honestly, I hope not. Florida will have to
decide whether we let him play the lion, too.

Markus Marti

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