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Re: Absent Bear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1561  Tuesday, 2 July 2002

[1]     From:   John Hancock <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Jul 2002 09:11:39 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1592 Absent Bear

[2]     From:   Jillian Tremblay <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Jul 2002 11:01:33 -0400 (EDT)
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[3]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Jul 2002 11:40:08 EDT
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[4]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, July 02, 2002
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From:           John Hancock <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Jul 2002 09:11:39 -0500
Subject: 13.1592 Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1592 Absent Bear

Sounds like they outsmarted themselves in Ashland.  I believe a real
bear (actor in bear suit) is important for the mood change at that point
in the play.

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From:           Jillian Tremblay <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Jul 2002 11:01:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 13.1592 Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1592 Absent Bear

Though I have not heard a sound effect played to represent the bear, I
note that the recent RSC performance of Winter's Tale, in London, still
retained the bear's entrance--and in this case, its presence was not
used to enhance the 'comic aspect.' It was, in this case, very
paralyzing and almost darkly foreboding, which is very curious
concerning the more upbeat nature of things to follow.

Sincerely,
Jillian Tremblay

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Jul 2002 11:40:08 EDT
Subject: 13.1592 Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1592 Absent Bear

When I directed WT a couple of years ago, I experimented with sound
effects and video projections, but in the end chucked it and sent on a
guy in a bear suit.

A couple of years before that, at Santa Clara University I saw a
production where the bear was a sound effect in the scene, but meanwhile
the large teddy bear in Mamillius' bedroom came to life and started
moving.

Billy Houck
Directing LLL and H5

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Jul 2002 11:40:08 EDT
Subject: 13.1592 Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1592 Absent Bear

I have a vague recollection of seeing the same effect 

 

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