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Early Performances of Bottom
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0760  Friday, 22 April 2005

From:           Christopher Baker <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Apr 2005 15:46:36 -0400
Subject:        Early Performances of Bottom

A student of mine is taking a course (with a different professor) in
film adaptations.  His project centers on variations in the portrayal of
Bottom in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He is interested
in sources which might shed light on (a) what the actual costuming of
Bottom as an ass might have looked like on Shakespeare's stage and in
the seventeenth century, and (b) to what degree these productions might
have portrayed Bottom not as a silly, buffoonish character but as one
with at least some perceptiveness and emotional depth. Comments and
suggestions for further research are appreciated.

Christopher Baker

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