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Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0938  Wednesday, 14 May 2003

From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:21:18 -0700
Subject: 14.0923 Re: Mercutio = Marlowe
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0923 Re: Mercutio = Marlowe

Tue Sorenson writes:

>I'm very glad to hear it! I'm intrigued that this is a common idea in
>performance, but apparently not in scholarship. Makes me wonder which
>other gems the thespian tradition has been keeping from us!

It has been a constant source of disappointment to me, the bewildering
'synaptic cleft' between scholar and thespian. What is the history of
this conundrum? Can anyone elucidate?

I remember being part of a workshop with a very prominent member of the
English acting fraternity and raising the topic of the spondee. She
immediately turned on me with "what are you, a scholar?" The neophyte
Shakespearean actors in the audience had their first lesson in the gulf
that seems to have been created between academics and artisans of the
craft (and I'm not a scholar in any sense of the word!)

At another event, in this instance chaired by Jan Kott, I asked the
practical question of why Shakespeare had written his plays. When I put
in my two cents that there must have been some economic motive to their
penning, several outraged scholars immediately dismissed me as being
obviously of the acting fraternity!

Anyone?

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