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Re: Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1712  Monday, 29 July 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Jul 2002 10:51:19 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1709 Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

[2]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Jul 2002 09:10:14 -0400
        Subj:   Michael Boyd


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Jul 2002 10:51:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1709 Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1709 Michael Boyd and the Future of the RSC

Thanks Takashi. I am so pleased to hear about the selection of Michael
Boyd. After hearing what he has to say, and knowing that he truly
believes in this kind of work from his productions, I know the RSC is
finally in good hands again. He knows that to preserve an institution
like the RSC, one must jettison some of the deadweight that turns people
away from that tradition in order to ensure its survival.

After thinking about it more and more, I realize that perhaps the best
thing that could be done, and also perhaps the first significant move to
be made, is to demolish the RST. It is foolish to preserve it purely for
architectural reasons or the fact that Lord Olivier and so many good
actors performed there. What is important is that a good space for those
actors to come (and return) to is erected, a place people will want to
come see because of its new reputation, a place where, like the Swan,
people are truly excited to see Shakespeare performed and made alive.

Boyd used every inch of the Swan to his advantage for the Henry
VI/Richard III tetralogy. I know he will be equally as resourceful with
the RSC and I trust his artistic decision making.

Brian Willis

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Jul 2002 09:10:14 -0400
Subject:        Michael Boyd

My one experience of Michael Boyd's work was his frigidly geometric
production of The Broken Heart at the Swan in 1994.  But much can happen
in eight years.  Let's hope he's grown (or thawed) and let's hope he
revivifies the moribund RSC.  Of course, almost anything would be an
improvement.

--Charles Weinstein

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