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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1486  Monday, 9 August 2004

[1]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Jul 2004 17:06:52 -0400
        Subj:   Guiding Light and the "Shakespearean Dagger"

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 07:47:45 -0400
        Subj:   Kerry as HV?

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:39:28 -0400
        Subj:   New Book on Jerome Robbins

[4]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:56:51 -0400
        Subj:   Kerry's "band of brothers"

[5]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:57:28 -0700
        Subj:   Macbeth in Space

[6]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 19:42:57 -0400
        Subj:   The Merchant of Vengeance

[7]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Aug 2004 09:49:59 -0400
        Subj:   R and J school production in Quintuplets, Fox TV sit com

[8]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 2 Aug 2004 16:40:46 -0400
        Subj:   New Bardcore


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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Jul 2004 17:06:52 -0400
Subject:        Guiding Light and the "Shakespearean Dagger"

Edmund Winslow tells his girlfriend, Cassie, that the jeweled dagger
being silent auctioned is from the old Globe, that Shakespeare probably
handled it. He thinks it's too costly for him, but she secretly goes to
the auctioneer and puts in a bid for the "Shakespearean dagger."

They could have said it belonged to Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de
Medici, Walter Raleigh, da Vinci......any of them would have been more
likely to have such an ornate dagger. But they chose the name with
instant resonance:
Shakespeare.

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 07:47:45 -0400
Subject:        Kerry as HV?

All Things to All People
By DAVID BROOKS

BOSTON - There were so many military men at the Democratic convention I
almost expected John Kerry to mount the stage in full body armor and
recite the war speech from "Henry V."

http://nytimes.com/2004/07/31/opinion/31brooks.html?hp

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:39:28 -0400
Subject:        New Book on Jerome Robbins

  Jerome Robbins: From Stravinsky to the Sharks

  August 1, 2004
   By NICHOLAS FOX WEBER

WHEN Jerry Rabinowitz was 16 years old, he got an A+ for an essay, "My
Selves," written for English class in Weehawken, N.J. The future Jerome
Robbins saw his face in the mirror as a mask. Beneath it lurked another
"mask of malignant capability" -- a phrase so nuanced that it alone
would have warranted the highest mark. Subsequent layers of his
character appear in dizzying sequence, "spreading over the mirror, the
walls, the rooms, the earth. . . . They are all my selves!" This
revelation, with which Deborah Jowitt opens her fascinating biography of
the innovative director of Broadway musicals and choreographer of
masterpieces for the New York City Ballet, conjures one of the risky,
complex, yet cohesive ballets Robbins staged later in life.  Robbins
wore masks because he was not comfortable with his real self -- his
religion even more than his sexuality: "I didn't want to be a Jew. I
didn't want to be like my father, the Jew -- or any of his friends,
those Jews." Even when he was working for the Yiddish theater as a young
man, his stage names included Robin Gerald, Gerald Robbins, Gerald
Robins and Jerry Robyns.

Robbins came from a remarkable immigrant family that had fled pogroms
and endured countless hardships in the United States and put a
relentless emphasis on its children's education. As a young man, he
returned with his mother to his grandparents' shtetl; the visit
intensified his obsession with his roots, both their attraction and the
wish to repudiate them. In 1936, when he was 18, Robbins's sister
prevailed over their father to allow Jerry to audition, in swim trunks
and T-shirt, at the Dance Center on West 54th Street. At that hotbed of
leftist politics, he observed the husband-and-wife team of Senia
Gluck-Sandor and Felicia Sorel, and discovered the magic of dance.
Jowitt evokes this instant intoxication in part by judiciously quoting
Robbins's own words: "Sorel he saw as a cool, intense foil to Sandor's
wildness. 'Her lids never seemed to raise to make a visual connection
with her partners, but connected she was. She used her hands in an
archaic way, fingers together, thumbs separated and crooked back toward
the hand at the last joint.' Robbins began to think about hands. He saw
also how Sandor gained power by '[using]' space as if it were a thick
volume.' " Body movement had miraculous expressive possibilities.

Robbins's eventual success in bringing the power and artistry of
classical ballet into the arena of musical theater was based in that
early alertness. In 1958, after seeing "West Side Story," which Robbins
directed and choreographed in the same period as he was working with
City Ballet, the astute English critic Kenneth Tynan observed that
Robbins "projects the show as a rampaging ballet, with bodies flying
from the air as if shot from guns, leaping, shrieking and
somersaulting." That unique application of traditional dance technique
to the Broadway stage had its origins in the German Expressionist style
he observed at the Dance Center.
[ . . . ]

  Nicholas Fox Weber, the author of ''Patron Saints'' and ''Balthus: A
Biography,'' is writing a biography of Le Corbusier.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/01/books/review/01WEB.html?ex=1092275099&ei=1&en=bea750b08ffdda7e

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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:56:51 -0400
Subject:        Kerry's "band of brothers"

It's been one of Kerry's official slogans for a couple of months now.

--R

The Band of Brothers
     By David Maraniss
     Washington Post

     Thursday 29 July 2004
Kerry's rise lifts fellow Vietnam vets.

Boston - Since the searing spring day in 1968 when a grenade blew away
his legs and left only a stump of his right arm, Max Cleland has been on
what he calls a long and discomforting search for meaning. He has
wondered about the purpose of his time in Vietnam, the lessons of his
wounds, the reasons for his survival. For seven minutes on Thursday
night, when he rolls his wheelchair to center stage at the Democratic
National Convention and introduces his friend John F. Kerry to the
nation, Cleland thinks he will be closer than ever to answering those
timeless questions. . . .
And Republicans have tried to undercut Kerry's war experience by
questioning, among other things, why he cut short his tour of duty after
receiving three Purple Hearts for relatively superficial wounds.
Cleland, from his wheelchair, finds particular force in countering that
line of attack with a quote from Shakespeare's Romeo: "He jests at scars
that never felt a wound." . . .

There was an evening in Des Moines in the dead of winter when Cleland
realized that the fire was blazing inside him again. It was four degrees
below zero when he headed over to Bakers Square for dinner. Sanders and
Sandusky and the Swift boat guys were there, along with the Bolanos
brothers of El Paso, four brothers who served together in Vietnam, and
Kerry's Vietnam vet friends from Massachusetts, who called themselves
the dog hunters and brought with them at least four vets they found at a
Boston homeless shelter. Cleland pulled out his American Express card
and paid for dinner for the whole crowd, and it was then that he recited
parts of the well-worn St. Crispin's Day speech from "Henry V" and
dubbed them the band of brothers. . ....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22228-2004Jul28.html

Full version:
washingtonpost.com

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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 08:57:28 -0700
Subject:        Macbeth in Space

Nikelodeon animated series "Jimmy Neutron" has an episode wherein the
children put on a production of "Macbeth in Space"; although it loosely
follows the plot and characters of Macbeth, they use many lines from
R&J!  They also spoof several sci-fi and action films, such as ET, Star
Wars and Karate Kid.  The Scottish play curse is also honored in that
the boy playing Macbeth breaks his leg and Jimmy (who was in charge of
special effects) has to play the lead at the last minute.  At the end of
the episode the principal announces next year's show, "Hamlet on Ice."

Very silly stuff,
Susan.

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Saturday, 31 Jul 2004 19:42:57 -0400
Subject:        The Merchant of Vengeance

Simon Hawke's The Merchant of Vengeance (2003) is a mystery novel about
young Shakespeare and Marlowe('s Jew of Malta). It's the fourth in the
"Shakespeare and Smythe series."

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Aug 2004 09:49:59 -0400
Subject:        R and J school production in Quintuplets, Fox TV sit com

The episode is called "Shakespeare in Lust."  It was really awful.  But
the ending was kind of interesting.  Penny, the quint who is directing,
ends up taking over the role of Romeo and kisses the girl playing
Juliet.  Both girls kiss enthusiastically.  And then a guy kisses the
jealous boyfriend of the girl playing Juliet then he says he wants a
kiss.  Not well-received.  The audience applauds the girls when they
kiss, but the teacher is fired.

Romeo is a played as a superhero named Chromeo.

 From TV tome:

Episode Number    8
First Aired    August 4, 2004
Production Code    109
Director    Andy Cadiff

Guest Stars: Jacqueline Lord (as Amy) Billy Gardell (as Brad) Danica
Stewart (as Carrie) Heidi Marnhout (as Lynn) Robert Hoffman III (as
Matt) Aaron Pinkston (as Crazy Pete) Harriet Sansom Harris (as Ms.
Hentschel)

       Synopsis
When Penny is chosen to direct "Romeo and Juliet" in the school play,
all the quints sign on to help out. Patton lands the role of Romeo and
has to kiss Parker's girlfriend, Paige becomes the prop master, and
Pearce hijacks Penny's play. Meanwhile, Bob and Carol wangle an
invitation to dinner at their neighbors' house (my note; the neighbor is
dating two babes and they are seen in his hot tub.  Carol and Bob are
vaguely resonate with R and J, wanting their marriage to live rather
than die).

http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/GuidePageServlet/showid-24279/
epid-347077/

http://www.fox.com/quints/

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Aug 2004 16:40:46 -0400
Subject:        New Bardcore

Measure for Measure, dir. David Perry, Pure Play Media, July 28, 2004.

Haven't seen it, so i don't know if anything beyond the title relates to
Shakespeare's play.

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