2002

German Play Seasons of Kempe and Co

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1593  Thursday, 4 July 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 5 Jul 2002 03:01:59 +1000
Subject:        German Play Seasons of Kempe and Co

Does anyone know what the repertoire for the German tours of the
following English players was?

1.William Kempe and 4 other players, 1586 (he had come from performances
at the court of Denmark);

2. Robert Browne's troupe 1592.

I got only the very barest of information from an unexpected source: a
book a musical friend passed on to me (John Warrack: German Opera from
the Beginnings to Wagner, Cambridge University Press, 2001), and am
curious to know what plays they may have performed.

Thanks,
Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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Re: Absent Bear

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1592  Thursday, 4 July 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 4 Jul 2002 14:02:54 +0100
Subject: 13.1574 Re: Absent Bear
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1574 Re: Absent Bear

While we're on the subject of the bear in The Winter's Tale, I wonder if
anybody else noticed the essay "Polar Performances" by Teresa Grant in
the TLS of 14 June, which claimed that "exit pursued by a bear" could
now be explained by Philip Henslowe's possession of a polar bear.

According to Grant, Henslowe was "Shakespeare's manager", his activities
"included management of the Globe, [and] the King's Men" and thus he had
an "ever-increasing stranglehold on London entertainment". These
startling claims were not the basis of Grant's discovery but were
presented as the common knowledge that allowed her to link what she'd
discovered about Henslowe's ownership of bears to the stage direction in
The Winter's Tale.

Three issues of TLS have appeared since Grant's essay, but none carries
an acknowledgement that the main link in its argument is untrue. Anybody
else want to try telling them?

Gabriel Egan

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Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1590  Thursday, 4 July 2002

From:           Billy Houck <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 3 Jul 2002 16:34:09 EDT
Subject:        Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

List members who are traveling this summer in California may be
interested in the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival in San Luis Obispo,
California (on Highway 101 halfway between San Francisco and Los
Angeles.)

An all female cast of The Taming of the Shrew opens Thursday, July 5 and
runs in repertory with Love's Labour's Lost (a more traditional
mixed-gender cast directed by me, with creative input from Richard Burt)
through August 3 at the City Playhouse at 888 Morro Street in San Luis
Obispo. Call (805) 546-4224 for information and reservations, or check
out their snappy new website at ccshakes.org.

Billy Houck

I am also directing a high school production of Henry V that will run
July 25, 26 & 27 in Arroyo Grande, California, about 20 minutes south of
San Luis Obispo. If you time your visit right, you can catch all three!

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Shakespeare in the Park

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1591  Thursday, 4 July 2002

From:           Kit Gordon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 03 Jul 2002 15:49:54 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare in the Park

To add to Tim Perfect's announcement about Shakespeare and Company in
the Twin Cities, I invite visitors and residents to take in Shakespeare
in the Park's production of _A Midsummer Night's Dream_. The production
opened last Friday, and runs through August 4 at parks throughout the
metro area. A full schedule is on the web site:

www.shakespeareinthepark.org

Kit Gordon, dramaturg for the company

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Literary/Cultural Theory

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1589  Thursday, 4 July 2002

From:           Takashi Kozuka <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 3 Jul 2002 19:46:54 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Literary/Cultural Theory

Dear SHAKSPERians

In our posts Sean and I separately touched an issue of recent
literary/cultural and interdisciplinary criticism. Here I copied and
pasted from the UK newspaper, the Guardian (25 June 2002), Jonathan
Dollimore's recent article on literary/cultural theory and criticism. To
save Hardy's time I suggest that SHAKSPERians should post their comments
on the online discussion group of the newspaper, whose URL is

http://educationtalk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?50@@.eecdc6b

if their posts are not associated with Shakespeare and/or his works
and/or life/lives. Happy reading!

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4447176,00.html

'Clashes of culture'
Jonathan Dollimore

Tuesday June 25, 2002

Some years ago I helped to set up an MA course on lesbian and gay
studies at Sussex University. Being the first of its kind it attracted
tabloid attention: we were asked if we donned leather and chains for
seminars, whether we had sex with our students as a matter of course,
whether we left our doors open during one-on-one tutorials.

In itself this trivialisation of our teaching didn't matter. Tabloid
ridicule is the closest most academics get to their 15 minutes of fame -
in an abject kind of way we almost enjoy it, cheering ourselves up with
Oscar Wilde's dictum: better to be slagged off than ignored. But it
would have been interesting had that coverage been countered by
something more engaged in the broadsheets. It wasn't. I think one Sunday
paper cast its supercilious eye our way, and that was it.

Last month a remarkable 1,100 people attended a public lecture at York
University by the founder of deconstruction, the French philosopher
Jacques Derrida. He who has on many occasions been derided in the media
as incomprehensible held that huge and diverse audience rapt for an hour
and a half.

Do I think we've received a bad press? Yes - but I don't especially
blame the media. The problem goes deeper - in fact it's inside our
universities as well as outside and can be focused in a simple question:
where did all those people become interested in Derrida? Our literary
and philosophical establishments have by and large ridiculed
deconstruction, and I can recall only a few patronising media references
to it.

The answer, I think, is indicative of the state of intellectual culture
in this country - or rather the lack of it in high places: the interest
in Derrida came from "below". I mean that it came not top-down, but the
reverse: initially interest in deconstruction and many other
intellectual perspectives misleadingly grouped together under the one
label, "literary theory", came from just-starting lecturers, graduate
students and, quite soon, undergraduates, all of whom found in theory an
intellectual challenge lack ing in their own disciplines. Even more
revealing is that these youngsters weren't in philosophy departments,
but departments of literature. It's from the latter that some of the
most challenging debates have been emerging in recent times.

For sure, "theory" could be pretentious and aspects of it have proved
fashionable merely. But more enduringly, theory has forced on to the
agenda a heady mix of politics, art and intellectual inquiry - an agenda
that was hitherto controlled by parochial establishment academics.
Questions about identity, sexual dissidence, colonialism, the relations
of art and politics, the place of radicalism in art - these are just a
few of the issues passionately disputed under the umbrella of "theory"
in literature departments. But they have only come to the attention of
the media rarely, or in distorted form.

At York Derrida argued for universities, and humanities departments
especially, to be places where there was an unconditional freedom to
both critically resist the powers that be, and to think beyond, beneath
and above them. This is of course an ideal.  Right now, when
universities are being subjected to ever more compromising conditions
imposed by government, business and political correctness, it seems an
ideal further away than ever. An equally ideal media would help to
disseminate ideas, to create a climate of intellectual curiosity rather
than one of indifference and disdain.




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