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Re: Shakespeare and Sex
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0655  Tuesday, 5 March 2002

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Mar 2002 13:37:17 -0500
Subject: 13.0625 Re: Shakespeare and Sex
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0625 Re: Shakespeare and Sex

Brandon Toropov points out, quite rightly, that he has already answered
my question about actors' exploring possible "backstories." It's all
right as long as the audience is moved "in the way we wish to move"
them. He then goes on to say, "I tend to take a very pragmatic approach,
one that focuses on whether we're connecting with an audience in the way
the playwright intended."

Unfortunately, I think it is impossible to know how Shakespeare intended
actors to connect with an audience. Hamlet may give acting instructions,
but these are Hamlet's instructions, not Shakespeare's. I also think
that it is impossible to say which characters in a script speak with the
undoubted voice of the Bard. If Shakespeare's intentions were clear, if
we knew which characters (if any) speak for him, then we would not argue
over his intentions -- I suppose.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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