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Re: MND for the Summer Solstice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1150  Tuesday, 10 June 2003

From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Jun 2003 13:51:51 EDT
Subject: 14.1126 Re: MND for the Summer Solstice
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1126 Re: MND for the Summer Solstice

Paul has done these Shakespeare Marathons for a few years now, and I've
participated in a few of them.   They're great fun.  My wife and I are
directing one of the Midsummer readings this year.

In doing the Instant Shakespeare, wherein we pretty much just pick up a
text and act it cold, I have found that "fast" helps.  But the correct
word might not be "fast," but "natural."  Certainly not gabbling.
Conversational speech tends to be quick.  Paul is also correct that the
odd punctuation and capitalization in the Folio often work perfectly
well when spoken, although it looks odd printed.  If you think of a
comma as simply a pause, instead of a grammatical device to set off
dependent clauses, it often works well.

Carl Fortunato

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