2003

King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and Setting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2155  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 7 Nov 2003 08:51:01 -0500
Subject: 14.2143 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2143 King Lear: Looking for Advice on Editing and
Setting

Just for the record, Lear has been done recently as a western, in a made
for TV version starring Patrick Stewart.  The text is all modern
language, but the plot follows Lear closely, with some interesting
twists.  Lear is a land baron who is ready to retire, and gives his
lands to his girls both to reward them and endebt them to himself.
France is represented as a Mexican territory, which the two elder
daughters have their eye on.  It's a broadly played Western which
adheres to the elements of sweeping landscape and individual melodrama
characteristic of the genre. It's currently available on DVD through our
catalogue and elsewhere.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

Oops, forgot to mention that the aforesaid Patrick Stewart remake of
Lear is called The King of Texas.

And while I'm here, there's also a low budget film called My Kingdom
with Richard Harris, which sets Lear in the gangster underground in
Liverpool. The DVD for this film has been delayed, but we're hoping to
have it in circulation by Christmas.

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More on Skin and Porn from Washington Times

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2154  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 07 Nov 2003 07:22:12 -0500
Subject:        More on Skin and Porn from Washington Times

Porn Goes Mainstream
By Dave Berg

Burt Reynolds got an Oscar nomination in 1998 for playing an idealistic
pornography producer in "Boogie Nights," which portrayed in a very
unflattering way the so-called golden age of the San Fernando
Valley-based porn industry in the 1970s.

Mr. Reynolds had researched the part by visiting the sets of some porno
films, and he emphatically told me at the time that the porn actors all
wanted to cross over into mainstream Hollywood but that there "wasn't a
chance" it would happen. They had decided to take the low road and could
never come back.

Hard as it is for some to believe, Hollywood has always had its
standards, but lately they've become more like guidelines. Pornography
is moving closer and closer to Hollywood's spotlight.

The most hyped new show on television is "Skin," airing on Fox and
starring Ron Silver as a porn mogul. Ironically, "Skin" doesn't show
much skin, but it does push boundaries that network executives would not
have even dreamed about pushing only a few years ago.

. . .

Dave Berg is a Hollywood television producer and a columnist.
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20031103-100457-6763r.htm

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Poets Riot

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2152  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Robin Hamilton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 9 Nov 2003 20:59:59 -0000
Subject:        Re: Poets Riot

What do you expect from freaking American Neoformalists?

Anyone who'd rip-off a title from Robertson Davies ...

And Billy Collins *wasn't* one of the 25 Rebel Angels.

I can do the poetry bit but the football imagery passes me quite bye.

Help anyone?

Dana G.

{I thought of passing this on to Milton-L but then remembered my
street-cred ... <sour>  :-) R2.}

Mind you, I thought I had copyright on the Night of the Lost Stanza.

What's happened to intellectual property these days?  Gone the way of GM
soup?

<sigh>

C3P0

[Subtext is Damon Runyon -- don't they teach ANY American frosh how to
use the continuous present?  Or is it Dash?  Or is that too raw given
the provisions of the Patriot Act?  Jack London anyone?

Vlad the Impaler.]

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POETS RIOT WHEN CAMPUS IS THROWN OUT OF RHYTHM

Thursday, November 6, 2003
FEATURES - ACCENT & ARTS 08B

By Mike Harden
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

At a reading by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins last week at
Ohio Dominican University, I wasn't surprised to see a Columbus police
officer on hand to thwart potential violence.

Tensions have been high lately between neo-formalists and free versers,
and well-placed sources in the poetry community feared that a reading
might provide a flash point for simmering hostilities.

I was glad I had taken my notebook. I needed it to chronicle the savage
mayhem that has come to be called ''The Night of the Long Stanzas'':

Columbus police and the Ohio National Guard patrolled the university
Friday after a night of rioting between rival poetry gangs resulted in
three minor injuries and a dozen arrests.

Eleven of those in custody were being held for disorderly conduct. The
12th was apprehended for using eight syllables in the second line of a
haiku.

Of those injured, the most seriously hurt was an Obetz woman who
suffered a concussion after being struck in the head with a copy of John
Milton's Samson Agonistes.

''She was just an innocent bystander who happened to be in the wrong
place at the wrong time,'' Columbus Police Sgt. Holger Upvall said.

''We think she might be a T.S. Eliot enthusiast who simply got caught in
the crossfire. We tried to talk to her in the ER, and she wasn't making
much sense -- which would seem to indicate a strong connection with
Eliot's work.''

The trouble started, Upvall said, when tailgating revelers got out of
hand.

''You know how it is,'' he said. ''You get a few neoclassicists doing
that beer-bong thing with dry sherry. They haven't had any watercress.
They can get pretty rowdy.

''A couple of the blank versers started talking trash about Coleridge.
One thing led to another. We got matters calmed down until some
hotheaded formalist accused a blank verser of an unnatural act with
Edgar Guest. Well, that did it.

''Then someone ran over the mailbox of the school's professor of
Renaissance poetry. Witnesses told us the culprit was driving a
dark-green Volvo with a 'Save the Earth' bumper sticker. We stopped 137
vehicles fitting that description but didn't make any arrests.''

Police tried to form a perimeter around the Birkenstock store and the
health-food co-op but were too late to save either from looters, Upvall
said.

Firefighters stood by helplessly as rioters -- their faces lighted by
the flames of arson fires -- carried case after case of tofu from the
health co-op, leaving a trail of anguish and alfalfa sprouts in their
wake.

Neo-formalists kidnapped a Rod McKuen fan, then holed up in the
Birkenstock store, where they hurled sandals at confused police officers
attempting to free the hostage.

A police negotiator persuaded the neo-formalists to release the hostage
by promising to read a list of demands.

Essentially, they are asking for a return to more oblique and obscure
poetry.

''How can we be expected to teach poetry,'' an unidentified
neo-formalist noted, ''if there is nothing confusing about it? We need
hidden meanings, confounding allusions, cryptic inner dialogues -- all
those things that drive students crazy.''

Billy Collins, whom the neo-formalists consider far too ''accessible,"
was whisked out a back door of Erskine Hall and hastily driven to the
airport.

Collins' lawyer, quoting the poet, said his client had no intention of
returning to Columbus ''in this or any other lifetime.''

Mike Harden is a Dispatch columnist.
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Volpone on Film, Television & Radio

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2153  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 09 Nov 2003 08:43:47 -0800
Subject:        Volpone on Film, Television & Radio

I understand someone wrote last week asking about broadcast and film
productions of *Volpone,* and I have been urged to reply.  Somewhat
reluctantly, here is the little bit I know.

The BBC has broadcast the play several times on radio.  Alas, none are
available commercially, and most of these do not appear to be extant.
It has also been done on German (1966, 1978), Norwegian (1965), and
French television (1978, 2003).  I do not know if these are commercially
available elsewhere, but they are not in the United States.  All were
presented in translation.

There was a truncated French film in 1941, which was commercially
available in the U. S. at one time, but the sub-titles were impossible
to read, being white on an often white background.  Some old copies may
be in libraries and private hands.  The company that made it available
is no longer in business.

Here comes the reluctant part.  The new *Ben Jonson Journal* will be
available at any moment.  I have a note inside where I try to show that
an episode of television's *Gunsmoke* was probably derived from
*Volpone.* Please note both levels of tentativeness.  Since *BJJ* is
kind enough to publish my note, and probably would like to sell a few
extra copies, I am reluctant to say more about it here.  The TOC of that
issue may be found here:
http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Station/1559/BJJ10.html

Their home page, with ordering information, is here:
http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Station/1559/benjonsonjournal.htm

Mike Jensen

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Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2151  Monday, 10 November 2003

From:           Andy Jones <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 9 Nov 2003 12:53:53 -0400
Subject: 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2131 Play structure; prologues, & epilogues

Thomas M. Lahey <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> asks:

>Q2) OED (Encyclopedic) definition allows a Prologue before any act.
>Are there plays with a Prologue before any act but 1?

Henry V famously has a chorus before each of its 5 acts, and an
epilogue.

Andy Jones

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