2002

"Beginner's Luck"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2081  Tuesday, 15 October 2002

From:           Kris McDermott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Oct 2002 21:28:55 EDT
Subject:        "Beginner's Luck"

I've just run across a listing for a UK film called "Beginner's Luck,"
which is described in press materials as a low-budget comedy about a
"group of young, inexperienced actors attempting to put on a production
of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' with no finance and no contacts. Against
all the odds, the inexperienced director Mark Feinman (James Callis)
manages to stage the production, initially at a porn bar in Soho run by
Magic Bob (Steven Berkoff), then in a Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh
before moving onto Paris." I haven't been able to find out if it's ever
made it to screen or video in the States.  Has anyone on the list seen
it, and is it, as noted by the BBC, comparable to (for good or ill)
Branagh's "In the Bleak Midwinter"?

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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Re: Dramatic Reading of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2080  Tuesday, 15 October 2002

From:           Jay Johnson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Oct 2002 14:23:07 -0600
Subject: 13.2072 Dramatic Reading of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2072 Dramatic Reading of Shakespeare

Al Magary asks about 


Re: Naught's Well

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2078  Tuesday, 15 October 2002

From:           Annalisa Castaldo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Oct 2002 12:28:36 -0400
Subject: 13.2073 Naught's Well
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2073 Naught's Well

>"That he fails to do so [escape the forced marriage], and that we are
>meant to celebrate the failure, makes All's Well as repugnant to men as
>Shrew is to women."

Yes, and yet no. There are several significant difference, at least for
a modern audience. Helena is presented as the sum of all virtues,
beautiful, wise, modest (mostly) and very much in love with Betrand.
Petruccio is presented as an oafish bore who is mainly interested in the
money he can gain by marrying Katherine.

Further, Helena wins over her reluctant husband by fulfilling his
impossible demands and by appearing to die (which always makes the heart
grow fonder).  Katherine is "won" by sleep deprivation, starvation and
brain washing.

And yet, despite that, I would have to say that productions of Shrew
always seem to end with a lighthearted, upbeat feeling of romance, while
All's Well tends towards darker productions that highlight the lack of
union and the irony of the title.

Annalisa Castaldo

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Call for Papers: New England Theatre Journal

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2079  Tuesday, 15 October 2002

From:           Stuart J. Hecht <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Oct 2002 13:03:13 -0400
Subject:        Call for Papers: New England Theatre Journal

Call for Papers

New England Theatre Journal (a publication of the New England Theatre
Conference) invites submissions for its year 2003 edition. A refereed
publication, New England Theatre Journal is concerned with advancing the
study and practice of theatre and drama by printing articles of the
highest quality on a broad range of subjects, including traditional
scholarship, performance theory, pedagogy, and articles on theatre
performance, design and technology.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2002. You are, however,
encouraged to submit contributions at the earliest possible date so that
full consideration may be given to them.

Inquiries and communications regarding the submission of articles are
welcome.

MANUSCRIPTS

All contributions should conform to the following guidelines:

1. Three copies should be submitted, between 15-30 pages in length.
Author


BBC Videos

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2077  Tuesday, 15 October 2002

From:           Debra Murphy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 14 Oct 2002 09:17:39 -0700
Subject:        BBC Videos

I just returned from a few days at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and
was delighted to find that their Tudor Guild gift store is selling the
new videos (DVD & VHS) of some of the BBC productions singly, as well as
in the five-pack.  (The latter is for me, alas too expensive, but I was
thrilled to be able to pick up the DVD of Jacobi's HAMLET for $34.99.)

According to one of the volunteers there, TG is the only venue in the
country allowed to sell them in this manner, and they cannot do so
through their online store (tudorguild.org) for contractual reasons, but
they can take orders over the phone.  The # is: (541) 482-0940, ext. 397
.

Debra Murphy
http://www.bardolatry.com
http://www.debramurphy.com

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