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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1320  Thursday, 11 August 2005

[1]     From:   Kurt Shoemaker <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Aug 2005 07:41:26 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1313 Censorship

[2]     From:   Kathy Dent <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Aug 2005 23:38:21 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.1313 Censorship


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From:           Kurt Shoemaker <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Aug 2005 07:41:26 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 16.1313 Censorship
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1313 Censorship

 >Todd Heywood, a Lansing resident, and his theater company, Sunsets with
 >Shakespeare, requested permission to perform a modern adaptation of
 >Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" at a Lansing city park. Their request
 >was denied by the Department of Parks and Recreation; officials said
 >that the stage blood might be offensive to the audience.

Seems to me that staging 'Titus' would increase attendance by the youth,
especially for the second performance when word got around....

Sincerely,
Kurt Shoemaker

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From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Aug 2005 23:38:21 +0100
Subject: 16.1313 Censorship
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1313 Censorship

 >Todd Heywood, a Lansing resident, and his theater company, Sunsets with
 >Shakespeare, requested permission to perform a modern adaptation of
 >Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" at a Lansing city park. Their request
 >was denied by the Department of Parks and Recreation; officials said
 >that the stage blood might be offensive to the audience.

Surely it's not beyond the wit of Todd Heywood and his theatre company
to portray scenes of rape, amputation and cannibalism without the use of
stage blood!  Thank you, Hardy, for this fine piece of drollery. The
lily-livered officials of Lansing should be offered tickets to the
National's current production of Theatre of Blood, where blood was
sprayed all over the stage to the uproarious delight of the audience.
Shylock performing open heart surgery on Antonio had us rolling in the
aisles and the white poodle being put in the blender brought the house
down. (No animals were harmed in the making of this play).

Kathy Dent

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