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Re: The Laws of Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.07392  Wednesday, 13 March 2002

[1]     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Mar 2002 16:22:33 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre

[2]     From:   Michael E. Cohen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Mar 2002 19:31:46 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre


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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Mar 2002 16:22:33 -0500
Subject: 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre

R.A. Cantrell writes:

>A member of the audience may have invested in the anticipation of a good
>performance, but his or her judgement sits disinterested till after the
>fact.

Ah, if this were only true of the Supreme Court of the United States.
I'm sure Stanley Fish would say nonsense and point out that I simply
want the justices to have a different bias than they do.

But perhaps our definitions of "disinterest" are different. I define
"disinterest" as "free of all bias," which I take to be an impossible
ideal for humans. To be free of bias is to lack a point of view. I
assume that all spectators, each and every one of them, see the play
from a slightly different place physically and mentally. I don't arrive
at the theatre without my body or all that strange baggage in my brain
that skews my judgment.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Michael E. Cohen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Mar 2002 19:31:46 -0800
Subject: 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07370 Re: The Laws of Theatre

Sam Small wrote:

> I know it's cinema but my favourite acting quote is from James Cagney.
> "Learn your lines and say them like you mean it."  I actually think that
> is all you need to know about acting.

Well, there is the small matter of what you do when you're on-stage and
NOT speaking....

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