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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1015  Friday, 23 May 2003

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 May 2003 11:08:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.0999 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0999 Re: Actors v Scholars

>Clever folk can also act. Pure actors or pure
>scholars, if such exit,
>are at the extreme percentiles of normality.
>However, it is quite normal
>to be dim and unable to act. Certain theatrical
>companies (no names, no
>pack-drill) exhibit such types regularly!

I agree that the very best actors all have a certain level of
intelligence. In order to engage with a good poet's/playwright's words,
one has to probe and examine what the words spoken actually imply for
the character and for the play as a whole. In a way, that establishes
the very best actors as scholars. The stage is their laboratory.

Brian Willis

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