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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1115  Friday, 6 June 2003

[1]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Jun 2003 09:44:31 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1096 Re: Actors v Scholars

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Jun 2003 13:48:18 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1054 Re: Actors v Scholars


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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Jun 2003 09:44:31 -0700
Subject: 14.1096 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1096 Re: Actors v Scholars

>We can't forget that many of Shakespeare's contemporaries were both
>scholars and actors.

Greene, Marlowe, Watson and Peele may have been 'scholars', however,
Shakespeare was not. Also, none of these 'scholars' were actors. In
fact, scanning the leading actors of the late Elizabethan and early
Jacobean era, I note very few scholars.

Burbage, Alleyn, Kempe, Tarlton, Pope, Tooley, Armin, Lowin, Betterton,
the 'stars' of the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre world; nary a one of
them was a 'scholar'.

Jonson, whose career as a playwright would have been over had not
Shakespeare convinced the actors to give the boy a second chance, was
noted in his own day as being a pompous ass and a lousy actor.

As for the 'publish or perish' theory. Greene's need to publish was so
he could feed his drug habit! And what great pieces of erudition did he
give to the literati? Four-penny gossip sheets, the Elizabethan
equivalent of our National Enquirer and The Sun!!

Colin Cox
Artistic Director
Will & Company

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Jun 2003 13:48:18 -0700
Subject: 14.1054 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1054 Re: Actors v Scholars

>PS: If anyone knows where I can get some wax for my aphoristic please
>let me know. I tried e-bay to no avail.

"La Belle Epoque" on Rodeo Drive. $19.95 a bottle.

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