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Re: Absent Bear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1595  Friday, 5 July 2002

[1]     From:   Ivan Fuller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 04 Jul 2002 09:29:27 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 13.1574 Re: Absent Bear

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Jul 2002 11:17:59 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1592 Re: Absent Bear


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From:           Ivan Fuller <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Jul 2002 09:29:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Absent Bear
Comment:        SHK 13.1574 Re: Absent Bear

I plan to stage "The Winter's Tale" next summer for the Bare Bodkins
Theatre Company.  Our productions often use a small cast and sometimes
call upon audience members to take on non-speaking roles (guards and
such).  At this point, I am planning to give an audience member a pair
of bear ears on a headband and let them "ham it up" a bit.

Ivan Fuller

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Jul 2002 11:17:59 -0400
Subject: 13.1592 Re: Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1592 Re: Absent Bear

A more probable source of bear costumes was the court.  Jean E. Howard's
introduction to WT in the Norton *Works* (2881) marks several links
between the play and Jonson/Jones's masque, *Oberon, the Fairy Prince*,
performed at Whitehall on 1 January 1611.  The masque calls for Oberon
(Prince Henry) to enter in a chariot drawn by two white bears, very
probably men in bear suits that would have been available for purchase,
rental, or loan to the King's Men to be used to chase poor Antigonus off
the stage.

David Evett

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