The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2236 Monday, 11 November 2002
Date: Friday, 8 Nov 2002 10:18:27 -0500
Subject: Much Ado About . . . Mountainmen???
I would like to solicit some feedback from this wonderful group of
Shakespeare scholars and aficionados. There is an upcoming production
of "Much Ado About Nothing" to go up early next year in the North
Georgia area. The director of this show is planning on setting the show
in the mountains of Appalachia to include a back-woods 'red-neck'
setting and deep accents. The best comparison I can give is Shakespeare
meets "Deliverance" complete with dueling banjos and squealing pigs.
However, in an attempt to be as open-minded as possible, I have heard
that a lot of the dialect of the people who live in the Appalachians is
very similar to the accent held by many in England during the
colonization of the United States. So, my questions are as follows:
1. Has this setting been tried or witnessed by anyone? If so, what was
2. What are the 'gut reactions' of those who regularly attend
Shakespeare performance in choosing this locale and regional accent for
the story of "Much Ado"?
3. Lastly, is there really any truth to the comment of this idea of a
preserved English dialect in the hills of Appalachia?
Thanks, as always, for your time and efforts. In the event this is (or
becomes) an off-topic thread, please feel free to e-mail me directly at
Alan J. Sanders
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