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King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and Setting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2135  Thursday, 6 November 2003

[1]     From:   Cornelius Novelli <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2003 12:08:53 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2122 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
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[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 13:01:20 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 14.2122 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and Setting


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From:           Cornelius Novelli <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Nov 2003 12:08:53 -0500
Subject: 14.2122 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2122 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Setting

Alan -- What Lamb said may have been true for his time and its
production practices.   Lamb is always interesting, but I've seen so
many wonderful, engaging productions of KING LEAR that I don't give much
practical weight to his words.

The play is filled with immediate, down-to-earth interactions between
parents, children, siblings, mates.  That I think is the source of its
power, and what makes it so accessible.

The Grand Theatre's ongoing project sounds wonderful!

I once had to edit KING LEAR for an audio version.  If I can find the
script I'll let you know and you can let me know where to mail it.

Neil Novelli
Le Moyne College

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 13:01:20 -0500
Subject: King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Comment:        SHK 14.2122 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Setting

Any attempt to make King Lear 'palatable and entertaining to middle and
high school audiences' must be absurd in principle. To set such a
production in the 'Old West' can only be ludicrous in practice. The
suggestion that 'passion and dedication' might be expended in pursuit of
such aims confirms that the whole project is a hoax.  Alan J. Sanders
(President, Pumphouse Players indeed!) should own up. You are really
Bill Arnold. Admit it.

Terence Hawkes

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