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Shakespeare-Politics References
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1568  Monday, 23 August 2004

[1]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 2004 08:19:59 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References

[2]     From:   Jay Feldman <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 2004 06:53:13 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References


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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 2004 08:19:59 -0700
Subject: 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References

 >he's talking only to himself. That's what a soliloquy is -- a
 >character's inmost thoughts, overheard only by the audience.

I think one needs to be very careful in the characterization of a
soliloquy as a character talking to itself. There are very few instances
of characters talking to themselves; Romeo is one. There is no fourth
wall in Elizabethan Theatre, the actor and the audience are fully aware
of each other, and the actor has full permission to talk directly with
the audience. Questions asked in soliloquies are truly that, questions
to the audience on their thoughts. When played this way, even today,
they often evoke response.

As a director, I find that soliloquies performed in this fashion are
very powerful and exciting. When an actor 'goes in' which is often the
outcome of the 'talking to yourself' approach, the emotional intent of
the piece becomes very unclear; by 'going in' the actor masks the
passion of the piece.

Food for thought.

Colin Cox
Artistic Director
Will & Company

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From:           Jay Feldman <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 2004 06:53:13 -1000
Subject: 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1555 Shakespeare-Politics References

Richard Burt in part writes:

 >Singer Earle takes aim at Bush in new CD
 >
 >"I had the riff and I knew it would be a spoken-word piece," he said. "I
 >turned on the television and Kenneth Branagh's version of 'Henry V'
was on."
 >
 >Using parts of "Henry V" as a blueprint, Earle had actor/director Bruce
 >Kronenberg read the lines. Earle recorded a track and then fit his words
 >into the meter.

I wonder if he could have included these lines from "King Lear":

"Get thee glass eyes
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not."

Regards - Jay Feldman

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