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Re: Small Cast Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1562  Wednesday, 20 June 2001

[1]     From:   Ivan Fuller <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 10:17:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 09:02:25 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets

[3]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 19:14:58 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Ham


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From:           Ivan Fuller <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 10:17:01 -0500
Subject: 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets

In response to William Proctor Williams request that Ophelia NOT be
doubled with the gravedigger...it would actually work quite well to have
her play Gravedigger #2 who exits the scene prior to the entrance of
Ophelia's corpse and co.  I am drawn to that idea.

Ivan Fuller
Bare Bodkins Theatre Co.

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 09:02:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets

On doubling:

In Peter Brook's new *Hamlet* (incidentally, another example of a small
cast version, although not as small as the proposed 6-actor production
of this discussion), the actors playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
double as the players.  Given Brook's cuts, this was borderline
problematic -- R&G exit, and then enter again almost immediately as the
players with virtually no costume change.  If you're familiar with the
play it's not a problem, but in the audience I saw the production with
there was an almost palpable, albeit momentary, sense of confusion at
this transformation.

Cheers,
Karen Peterson

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Jun 2001 19:14:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Small Cast Hamlets
Comment:        SHK 12.1551 Re: Small Cast Hamlets

Geralyn Horton's response to my comments re: Shakespeare & Company's
6-actor/90-minute _Julius Caesar_ makes me wonder if I had sounded too
critical of this group's work. If I did, then I must have mislead you
all, and so I apologize. I do like their work; most of the "negatives"
should have been aimed, at any rate, at the 90-minute _Hamlet_, which
all we who saw it agreed was far too rushed to be meaningful -- in spite
of some very fine work by the cast and crew. My first criteria for
theatre is that if the production affected me spiritually or
emotionally, it was a worthwhile experience. This Caesar was a
worthwhile experience.

For the record, I do believe that this Shakespeare & Co. production of
Caesar, though also 90 minutes and also cast with 6 actors (this time, 4
men and 2 women), is a newer production and not the same one seen by
G.H. some years back. I'll try to find my original promotional materials
and check up on that.

At any rate, I recommend checking out the work of this innovative and
energetic group.

Paul E. Doniger

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