2005

The Speech from Antony and Cleopatra by Enobarbus

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0991  Wednesday, 25 May 2005

From:           Gene Tyburn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 May 2005 20:04:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        The Speech from Antony and Cleopatra by Enobarbus

A little history: The barge speech in Antony and Cleopatra is by some
considered one of the great speeches in the lexicon of his works thought
few know it. First written by Plutarch in the 2d century in his
history's and then use without fear of plagiarism by Shakespeare. One
can com pair the words by going to Plutarch and Shakespeare. As there is
a side by side example: I took both version to make up my aria with
chorus injections and rhapsodized on the speech by ...inspired by my
trip down the Nile a few years ago. Apparently Plutarch heard of the
story of Antony and Cleopatra meeting from his grand father who was a
cook in the kitchens of Cleopatra...so they say

In this scene Enobabus [Antony's first general ] tells the Roman crowd
all about Cleopatra and Antony's relationship and  why he will never
leave her.

Chorus: How goes your time in Egypt ?
Tis oft reported that come from there
She's a wondrous lady if the word be square.

Enobarbus...Aye  Sir....we did sleep day out of night
And drink the equal of the flowing Nile
So little is left for the crocodile.
As for Cleopatra, volumes I could write
When she first met our mark Antony
Twas a histor-o- graphical sight.

Chorus Tell us!  Tell us!  Tell us!    Tell us!

Enobarbus      I will tell youuuuuuuuuuuuuu
The barge she came in was a wonder to behold
It sat in green water and the deck was beaten gold
Purple the sails and so perfumed
The winds were sick that afternoon.
To the tune of flutes the rowers kept beat
The winds moved the perfume along the shore
And each stroke was made with a silver ores.

For her own person she was statue still
Her gown was silk of an azure blue
Diaphanous curtains obscured the view
But her eyes were dark and pierced right through.

On each side of here stood pretty little boys
Like smiling cupids with ostrich fans
Which did cool the cheeks of the royal dam.

Chorus   Oh rare for Antony, o rare for Antony

Enob     Her gentlewoman were as mermaids dressed
Tended her needs and stood bare breast.
The city learning her approach was near
Abandon our Antony the city square
And spilled they out on the landing pier
And left him to whistle to the empty air.

Being hungry and barbered ten times or'
He go's to the feast and pays much more
For the loss of his heart, to this paramour.

Chor....o royal wench, royal whore
Now he is has left her forever more.
Egypt must bend to the roman state
Anything less we wont tolerate
Royal wench, royal whore
Now he has left her forever more!.

Enobar....that our Antony will never do
Their fates are one, I fear it's true
Age cannot weather her, time passes her by
Other women cloy the appetite they feed
She makes hungry, where most she satisfies.

Child like things become themselves in her
I saw her once hop forty paces
Through the public street
Lost her breath and made light to all
Hop forty more, when she did sprawl
Breathless and laughing she enchanted all.

Chorus    o rear woman, o rare witch
She needs no army nor a drum
All roman warriors to her succumb.

Enobarbus    Our Antony married but his occasion here
Caesars's sister cannot hold him long
The east will call and he'll be gone
The hoops that bind their friendship up
Will end with a sudden snap
For Marcus Antonius, and I know  him well
Longs for his mistress's royal lap.

libretto by Gene Tyburn   music by Gerarrd Chiusano
on web site  tyburnoperas.com

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Shakespeare on Request

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0990  Wednesday, 25 May 2005

From:           Sarah Cohen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 May 2005 17:13:41 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare on Request

While we are plugging shows, below is another one that might be of
interest to U.S. West Coast SHAKSPER-ians. For those on the East Coast,
please see the ASP's Julius Caesar before it closes (I have no
affiliation with ASP; in fact, I first heard about it on this list).
Life events brought me to Boston in time to catch Richard III and
Measure for Measure, and I greatly appreciated both productions. I will
not make it to see Caesar, so I hope that some of you can.

I have a one-woman Shakespeare show in Sacramento. Here are the details:

Sarah Cohen's "Shakespeare on Request"
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2005
Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre
19th and P Streets, Sacramento
$20, including dessert
$10 if you are a returning patron or wearing the costume of your
favorite Shakespearian character
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(916) 444-8209

There will be one dinner theatre performance on Friday, July 22. Dinner
will be provided by Gina's Caffe. The ticket price on that night will be
$34 for dinner and show. No discounts are available for the dinner
theatre night.

Additionally, because many patrons find that their appreciation of
Shakespeare is enhanced by the consumption of intoxicating beverages,
audience members over the age of 21 are encouraged to bring a bottle of
wine to the theatre, to enjoy along with their desserts. I will provide
some wine myself on opening night (Friday, July 8). Please drink
responsibly, and remember - the views expressed by Sir John Falstaff,
Sir Toby Belch, and Christopher Sly are not necessarily those of
Shakespeare on Request or the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre.

Shakespeare on Request is a combination of improv, stand-up comedy, and
monologue madness. It was conceived, written and directed by Sarah
Cohen, with the assistance of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe,
John Webster, and Larry the Skull. One actor (me) performs selections
from all 38 plays of Shakespeare, plus two bonus plays, over the course
of about 2 hours. The audience members (you) decide which selections I
perform, and in what order. Silly hats are donned, sugary treats are
consumed, and a fun time is had by all. Ask me what you will, I will
grant it!

Sarah Cohen

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The Genius of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0988  Tuesday, 24 May 2005

From:           Robin Hamilton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 23 May 2005 16:41:01 +0100
Subject:        The Genius of Shakespeare

 >Isn't it also odd that nobody comments on the never before discovered
 >fact that the poet put his full name in Sonnet 148 using the device of
 >vertical alignments or that his name as w-i-l-l occurs twice in this
 >sonnet as the product of an equal letter space device, a low order
 >probability occurring conveniently where it could be expected?

You mean that when Shakespeare was writing the Sonnets (in manuscript),
he was *already* thinking in terms of the particular font they'd be
printed in (and presumably which printer would print them)?

I knew Shakespeare was clever, but that's simply beyond devious on his part.

Robin Hamilton

(Consumed with admiration for the Bard)

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Position Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0989  Wednesday, 25 May 2005

From:           Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 06:19:59 -0500
Subject:        Position Announcement

Visiting Assistant Professor

Gustavus Adolphus College invites nominations and applications for a
two-year leave replacement position in Early British Literature, to
begin September 1, 2005. Candidates with a PhD are preferred; ABDs will
be considered, with an appointment as Instructor.

Primary responsibilities for the 3-1-3 teaching load will include
Shakespeare, an early British literature survey (to 1789), a general
education survey of world drama, and a January "Interim Experience"
course; assignment might also entail an upper-level seminar in
Renaissance studies.

We welcome candidates who have experience with a variety of teaching
methods and/or curricular perspectives. In letters of application,
candidates should address their interest in developing as a teacher in
an undergraduate, liberal arts environment that emphasizes close
faculty-student interaction and values diversity.

To apply, send letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi for two of the
above courses, and dossier (including three letters of professional
recommendation) to:

Dr. Eric Eliason, Chair
Department of English
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082-1498

For more details, see the department's web site:
http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/english/english.cfm.

Email inquiries can be directed to Eric Eliason This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2005, and continue until
the position is filled.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA),
residential, national liberal arts college of 2600 students. It is the
practice of the College to provide equal educational and employment
opportunities for all. We specifically encourage applications from
women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0987  Tuesday, 24 May 2005

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 23 May 2005 08:06:54 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0969 Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors

[2]     From:   Ed Taft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 23 May 2005 11:19:59 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors


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From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 23 May 2005 08:06:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.0969 Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0969 Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors

Richard Kennedy writes, "Starting with Adam and Eve, and given an
eternity of infinite events following, all history would eventually be
repeated just as we know it today, but let's hope not."

I started this thread, tongue-in-cheek, without expecting anyone would
further accept the notion that anyone else other than Will Shakespeare
could write his own plays.  I always saw this notion of mythical monkeys
as an Oxfordian plot from left field.  So, I will end this thread by
saying that Will Shakespeare accomplished his feat in his lifetime.
Sorry to say the mythical monkey authors do NOT have an "eternity of
infinite events" inasmuch as science postulates that our Solar-Planetary
System will implode long before these monkeys will even write the titles
correctly, let alone get one act under their belts  :)   Too bad it
takes so many mythical monkeys to attempt a feat that one man did alone
without the benefit of electricity or typewriters.  Let them try it with
ink and quill!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           Ed Taft <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 23 May 2005 11:19:59 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors

Richard Kennedy writes:

"Starting with Adam and Eve, and given an eternity of infinite events
following, all history would eventually be repeated just as we know it
today, but let's hope not."

So if there's an infinite number of universes and an equal number of
histories, then we got stuck in a clinker? Yikes!

Ed Taft

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