2003

New Shakespeareans

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1423  Thursday, 10 July 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003 13:29:56 -0400
Subject:        New Shakespeareans

The new Shakespeareans

Every generation has one: a stand-out crowd of directors who, for better
or for worse, will define our experience of the Bard on stage. The
future, says Daniel Rosenthal, has infinite variety... (29 June 2003)

"Good Shakespeare directors, like the sorrows in Hamlet, tend to "come
not single spies/ But in battalions", and this summer audiences are
watching the advent of a new wave. In London and Stratford-upon-Avon,
the bulk of the Shakespearean repertory for May to September is in the
hands of thirtysomethings who are still better known within their
profession than amongst the theatregoing public. Tim Carroll, Dominic
Cooke, David Farr, Rachel Kavanaugh, Edward Hall, Sean Holmes and Greg
Thompson are aged 32 to 37 and come from diverse backgrounds - which
will please anyone who still believes that British theatre is dominated
by an Oxbridge-educated elite (only Farr, a Cambridge graduate, and
Carroll, who was at Oxford, fit the stereotype). Their approaches to
Shakespeare take in the spare orthodoxy of Carroll's "original
practices" Richard II at the Globe, the furious energy of Hall's
all-male Propeller company (responsible for last year's Henry VI
adaptation, Rose Rage) and the samurai concept chosen for Farr's RSC
Coriolanus. Farr is now joint artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic
and probably the best-known of this septet, thanks to his own
playwrighting and his spell running the Gate theatre in London's Notting
Hill."

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/features/story.jsp?story=420439

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Apologies

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1422  Thursday, 10 July 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, July 10, 2003
Subject:        Apologies

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

To an extent, ad hominem remarks are in the eye of the beholder.

During 1993 on SHAKSPER, there was a sometimes heated exchange prompted
by Sam Wanamaker's being awarded a CBE. I was initially uneasy with the
tone of some replies but soon came to realize that I was observing a
difference between discursive practices. I later mentioned my discomfort
at what I had perceived as ad hominem comments to one of the UK
participants to be told without hesitation that "It's nothing personal."
Phyllis Rackin, in her "President's Letter: 1993-94" in the *Shakespeare
Association of America Bulletin*, cited this discussion, noting
"Outraged responses from the UK provoked a series of exchanges that
exposed profound differences between the political and cultural
locations occupied by 'Shakespeare' on the two sides of the Atlantic."

It seems to me that some of the personal "bashing" that has taken place
on SHAKSPER recently is profoundly different from the above.

I wrote on Wednesday, July 02, 2003, that "SHAKSPER is not a newsgroup
nor was meant to be" one and that "Practices that are acceptable on less
formal electronic media are not appropriate to this list" (SHK 14.1358).

Yesterday, I published one post that I now believe went too far and
another that I consider borderline. I have pleaded for self-moderation,
but posts that appear to be nothing more than personal attacks are still
appearing. My intervention is problematic, but things have just gone too
far.

First, I would like to apologize to Richard Kennedy and Jerry Downs for
publishing SHK 14.1418.

Second, in the future, I will strive not to send out posts whose content
is personal attack without substantive content.

Hardy

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Johnny Eager Film Noir

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1420  Wednesday, 9 July 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 08 Jul 2003 19:46:59 -0400
Subject:        Johnny Eager Film Noir

The film noir Johnny Eager (dir. Mervyn Roy, 1941) has a reference to
Romeo and Juliet and a later one to Hamlet / Henry VI, Part Three. Van
Heflin plays Johnny's  mouthpiece misquotes, / conflates lines from
Hamlet and Richard Gloucester: "I can smiles and smiles and cut your
heart out with a bloody ax. That's from Shakespeare."  The film has a
series of literary references, and Cyrano de Bergerac is the central
one. There are also humorous references to "big words" such as
"inamorata." A young Lana Turner stars opposite Robert Taylor. Mike
Jensen tells me that the radio adaptation had the same or very similar
Shakespeare lines, and his note to me prompted me to see the film. My
thanks to him.

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Re: King John, Titus, Peele

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1421  Wednesday, 9 July 2003

From:           Elliott H. Stone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 19:21:05 EDT
Subject: 14.1332 Re: King John, Titus, Peele
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1332 Re: King John, Titus, Peele

I have just returned from a vacation in London and found that I had 327
unread E-mails. I usually cherry pick out those that might seem of
interest and delete those that are repetitive or are on subjects of
little interest to me. It is thus necessary to be somewhat guided by the
Subject Block. I guess I am somewhat naive and thought that this subject
had something to do with plays by Shakespeare. I find, however that this
is not the case. I am sure that everyone understands that Brian Vickers
is a genius, that David Kathman is a rabid Anti-AntiStratfordian and
that Mr. Carroll is trying out for the part of Bottom.  Why don't we
just leave it at that and try to have the "Subject" fit the "Matter".

Best, Elliott H. Stone

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Pop Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1419  Wednesday, 9 July 2003

From:           Toby Malone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jul 2003 05:39:12 +0800
Subject:        Pop Shakespeare

Not sure if this has already been noted, but 15-year-old Canadian pop
singer Skye Sweetnam has released her first single, which is connected
to the upcoming teen flick 'How to Deal', entitled 'Billy S'.  Rather
than use Shakespeare's characters in the lyrics to compare to a teenage
crush (as I first assumed) Shakespeare's name and characters are used as
a byword for restrictive school and parental rules and limitations...
She doesn't need Shakespeare, she says - she just wants to rebel...

The chorus is as follows:

I don't need to read Billy Shakespeare,
Meet Juliet or Malvolio,
Feel for once what it's like to rebel now,
I wanna break out, let's go!

Cheers
Toby Malone
UWA

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