The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2138 Friday, 7 November 2003
Date: Thursday, 6 Nov 2003 12:03:05 -0500
Subject: Pop Culture: R&J on Guiding Light
Thursday in NYC and Wednesday in the rest of America, Guiding Light
taught a lesson in acting Shakespeare using Romeo and Juliet.
Young Tammy wanted to try out for the school play with her boyfriend,
but was uncomfortable with the archaic language. Her Uncle Edmund,
formerly the show's Iago/Edmund character, now a pussycat, spent several
scenes reading with her, and encouraging her to listen to what he was
saying and then react, because her words were simply Juliet's thoughts
When Edmund spoke Romeo's lines to Juliet in the balcony scene, Tammy
had an epiphany which she described to her boyfriend as suddenly just
getting it. But she "got it" staring into Edmund's eyes. The boyfriend,
however, was more interested in French fries and getting out of class
for rehearsals. It's clear that Tammy is about to dump her boyfriend
and pursue a major crush on her uncle (no blood relation).
In explaining R&J, Edmund related it to the story of two families of
Tammy's acquaintance, the Bauers and the Santoses, whose hatreds made
marriage dangerous for Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos, thereby giving
the audience a clear link between soap plots and Shakespeare's stories.
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