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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0306  Monday, 17 February 2003

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Feb 2003 10:23:52 -0800
Subject:        Time Travel

The San Francisco Chronicle invited its critics to play my favorite
game, IF I HAD A TIME MACHINE.  Where would you go?  Theater critic
Robert Hurwitt would head to Athens to see all the plays put on in same
day as *Medea.*  He closed his entry with this:

>All of that is only on the assumption that I'd somehow be fluent in
>ancient Greek, however. If I have to choose based on my current
>linguistic skills, I'd head for Elizabethan England to see what "Hamlet"
>or "King Lear" looked like at its premiere -- and find out which of the
>competing texts Shakespeare actually used onstage. Then again, if I had
>the option of bringing something back from my travels, I'd want to hang
>out with John Heminges and Henry Condell when they were editing the First
>Folio -- and take care of disposing of those pesky used Shakespearean
>manuscripts for them.

That was essentially my answer when I first began to think about this
game years ago, then I realized it would be better to view *Cardinio*,
*Love's Labour's Won*, or any of the lost plays of the era, especially
if I could bring a camcorder.  It would also be good to visit the time
of Marlowe's demise, or any of Shakespeare's writing sessions, just to
silence silly people.  Alas, I have lost H. G. Wells's phone number.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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