2006

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0029  Tuesday, 14 February 2006

[1]     From:     Angela K Barbera <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 11:47:01 -0600
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

[2]     From:     Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 12:53:58 -0500
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

[3]     From:     Hugh Davis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 13:50:20 -0500
    Subj:     RE: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

[4]     From:     Ellen Joy Letostak <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 17:11:14 -0500
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

[5]     From:     Peter Bridgman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 23:24:18 -0000
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

[6]     From:     Joe Conlon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    Date:     Monday, 13 Feb 2006 19:43:50 -0500
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question


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From:         Angela K Barbera <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 11:47:01 -0600
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

One of the examples I've loved since I was a child is in "The Cosby 
Show" -- Theo studies Julius Caesar for a high school history class.

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From:         Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 12:53:58 -0500
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

There are numerous such episodes. I refer Ehrlich and Paul to my book 
Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares as well as my article "Slammin' Shakespeare In 
Acc(id)ents Yet Unknown: Liveness, Cinem(edi)a, and Racial 
Dis-integration" Shakespeare Quarterly - Volume 53, Number 2, Summer 
2002, pp. 201-225 and to my forthcoming Shakespeares After Shakespeare.

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From:         Hugh Davis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 13:50:20 -0500
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     RE: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

Among others, there's a classic episode of Ozzie and Harriet with John 
Carradine, and there's an episode of The Cosby Show with Christopher 
Plummer and Roscoe Lee Browne where Theo has been assigned to read 
Shakespeare. Malcolm in the Middle featured a school production of MND.

I'll even put in a plug for an episode of The Torkelsons, a short-lived 
sitcom in the early 1990s, called "Swear Not by the Moon," in which the 
Oklahoma-based high school puts on R&J, with a western setting, as the 
teacher feels the students will better understand the text that way.

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From:         Ellen Joy Letostak <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 17:11:14 -0500
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

There are numerous instances of sitcom Shakespeare. A few are:

Reba: Beginnings "A Mid-Semester's Night Dream" 

Home Improvement "Mr. Wilson's Opus"

Boston Public "Chapter Sixty-Five"

For further examples, please see Shakespeares after Shakespeare: An 
Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. Ed. Richard 
Burt. Greenwood, 2006.  (forthcoming)

Best,
Ellen

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From:         Peter Bridgman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 23:24:18 -0000
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

 From the 1999 special millennium episode of Blackadder ...

[After getting an autograph, Blackadder floors Shakespeare with a right 
cross.]
BLACKADDER:  THAT is for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 
years. ...  Oh, and ...
[Blackadder kicks Shakespeare in the foot.]
BLACKADDER:  THAT is for Ken Branagh's endless, uncut, four-hour version 
of Hamlet!
SHAKESPEARE:  Who's Ken Branagh?
BLACKADDER:  I'll tell him you said that.  And I think he'll be very hurt.

Peter Bridgman

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From:         Joe Conlon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, 13 Feb 2006 19:43:50 -0500
Subject: 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.0025 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

I remember two incidents.  One episode of the Cosby show had Theo, the 
son, studying Shakespeare.... I believe it was Julius Caesar, and as I 
recall he wound up doing something with rap on the play.  The other was 
in the Andy Griffith show and Andy was telling Opie about Romeo and 
Juliet.  That one I believe was gleaned from his old stand-up routine 
from the 1950's.

Joe Conlon
Warsaw, IN

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