The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0263 Friday, 30 January 2004
Date: Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 09:09:07 -0600
Subject: 15.0239 Horrid Hamlet
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0239 Horrid Hamlet
Abigail Quart writes,
>Last Thursday night I attended an alumni event at Columbia University, a
>School of the Arts production of Hamlet ...Meanwhile, stage left, a bunch
>of people were doing ....I have no idea what they were doing. Odd
>gestures. But it turns out they were all the Ghost. All of them.
>That was when I looked at my program and discovered there were not only
>multiple ghosts, but seven Hamlets (four of them female), nine Ophelias
>(three of them male), two Gertrudes, two Laertes (one female), but only
>one Polonius, one Horatio, one Claudius, and one Fortinbras...
Such an interpretation was used in a production of the play at Baylor
University in the '50's or '60's. However there were not so many
"dimensions" of each character - only two, I seem to remember, for
Hamlet. An unfortunate decision was to give one of the Hamlets a
decidedly Texas twang (or allow him to use his own) - although nothing
in the rest of the production suggested a purpose for such an accent.
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