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Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1460  Friday, 18 July 2003

From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Jul 2003 14:03:09 -0400
Subject: 14.1451 Hepburn as Cleopatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1451 Hepburn as Cleopatra

>I was fascinated to learn that Katherine Hepburn had played Cleopatra
>(Stratford, Connecticut, 1960).

I saw the production, but I don't remember very much about it.  I was
actually more intrigued by Robert Ryan as an over-the-hill, stumble-bum
Antony.  Ryan seemed perfect for the part. But I was initially shocked
by Hepburn as Cleopatra.

Before seeing Hepburn and Ryan, I had a difficult time imagining
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra as other than heroic and glamorous.
But after seeing this production -- after reflecting upon it -- after my
initial shock, I came to believe that this production was right on
target.  Cleopatra and Antony are over the hill.  They are middle aged,
and neither of them are going to conquer or captivate young Caesar.

This production marked scene changes by dropping an insignia from above.

Yours,
Bill Godshalk

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