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Shakespeare Travesties
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1902  Thursday, 17 November 2005

From: 		John W. Kennedy <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 16 Nov 2005 16:22:00 -0500
Subject: 16.1888 Shakespeare Travesties
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1888 Shakespeare Travesties

I played Claudius in an adaptation of Gilbert's "Rosencrantz and 
Guildenstern" in last year's New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom (adaptation, 
because Gilbert's original ending, though witty, seems sour and 
ill-natured when performed by Americans).

We've done quite a few original Shakespeare travesties at the NJRK, 
actually, including "The Tragedy of Errors" (R&J, Mac, and Ham all 
accidentally start on the same stage and dissolve in intertextual stew), 
"Macbeth: Special Edition" (Shakespeare explains to his wench-du-jour 
his new theatrical breakthrough: "Descriptum Veritas Dramatis"), and 
"See Macbeth Run" (The Scottish play, sanitized according to modern 
pedagogical canons).

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