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"Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2150  Monday, 27 December 2004

[1]     From:   M Yawney <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 06:32:02 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 17:13:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?


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From:           M Yawney <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 06:32:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?

Philip Weller wrote re: "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard.":

Does this stage direction represent some stage practice, or is it only a
reader's aid?

This is the $64,000 question. No one knows for sure, but Alan Dessen in
his book Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters makes a
very level-headed attempt to answer it. Most of his other works dig
deeper into issues of what the visual language of English Renaissance
drama was and are well worth reading.

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Dec 2004 17:13:50 -0500
Subject: 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2137 "Enter BRUTUS in his orchard"?

Philip Weller needs to consult Alan Dessen's *Dictionary of Stage
Directions in English Drama," which should answer this questions and
some others he hasn't yet thought to ask.

David Evett

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