The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1034 Saturday, 31 May 2003
Date: Wednesday, 28 May 2003 11:09:14 -0400
Subject: An Actor on Hamlet
I am following the current scholarly and lively debate on several
aspects of HAMLET with great interest. This week, I came across an item
in Toronto's Globe and Mail, which I think is germane to it. On Monday,
May 26, an interview between the Globe's Tralee Pearce and Paul Gross, a
popular theatre and television personality in Canada, appeared in the
Globe Review. Paul Gross played Hamlet during the year 200 season of
the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. He gave a clear and lucid
performance, uncluttered by gimmicks, and I, for one, found it memorable
and very moving. He is now engaged in the production of a television
miniseries, entitled SLINGS AND ARROWS. The Globe's interviewer caught
Gross on the set, between takes. The new series deals with preparations
for a stage production of HAMLET. Pearce writes: Gross describes his 90
performances as an experience unlike any other, his last performance
being delivered through tears.
"You have no control over it, other people have said this, but the play
picks you up and hurls you round the room. You cannot rein any of it
in. Your emotions run crazy.
I find it kind of frightening. It is also depressing. It's a horror to
watch the machinery of the universe grind this great humanity to dust."
Thus an actor who WAS Hamlet three years ago. Thought I'd like to share
this with you.
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