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Re: The West Wing Finale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1469  Thursday, 30 May 2002

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 May 2002 10:31:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1454 Editing Henry VI for Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1454 Editing Henry VI for Performance

I'm surprised that no one mentioned the season finale of The West Wing
last week. I don't watch much television but I happened to turn on the
TV to the show and the President attending an adaptation of the three
plays (as mentioned before, he seems to be obsessed with the histories).
The funeral of Henry V and the death of York were featured and the play
seemed to comment - "Godfather"-like - on the story of the finale.
Alison Janney's boyfriend (Mark Harmon) was killed while retrieving a
bunch of red and white roses for her, which laid next to his body. As
York is killed, the President had ordered an assassination to take
place. There were also comments on how reading and theatre-going are
unusual and baseball is the national pastime. Of course, the president
defended his Shakespeare passion. I just find it intriguing that Henry
VI, of all the plays, is being used for commentary.

Brian Willis

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