2006

Russian 'Twelfth Night

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1007  Wednesday, 16 November 2006

From: 		Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Nov 2006 18:10:34 -0000
Subject: 17.1000 Russian 'Twelfth Night'
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.1000 Russian 'Twelfth Night'

Nora Kreimer tells of a production of Twelfth Night in Russian, by 
Russian men and boys, staged in Buenos Aires. She claims that 'The 
script had the original text in this white screen-ribbon that is also 
used for opera.'  I'm not sure what this means. She also says that it 
was marvellous. It sounds to me like a characteristic triumph of the 
multi-lingual, shape-shifting, boundary-blurring Bard who these days 
dominates too many of the world's stages. But Shakespeare it ain't.

T. Hawkes

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One More Howler

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1006  Wednesday, 16 November 2006

From: 		Harry Rusche <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 15:42:30 -0500
Subject: 17.1001 One More Howler
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.1001 One More Howler

I hope this does not carry the topic too far, but several years ago I 
had a student who identified the character as "Porsche" throughout an 
entire paper on The Merchant of Venice.  We cater to a high-class bunch 
of students here at Emory.

Harry Rusche
English Department
Emory University

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Plans to Reopen Shakespeare Theater in Stratford,

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17..1004  Wednesday, 16 November 2006

[1] 	From: 	Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, November 16, 2006
	Subj: 	Plans to Reopen Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn.

[2] 	From: 	Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 22:15:49 -0800
	Subj: 	Stratford, Conn., OKs deal to reopen Globe theater


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From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, November 16, 2006
Subject: 	Plans to Reopen Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn.

http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=5677055&nav=3YeX

Wtnh.com, Stratford approves plans to resurrect Shakespeare theater

(Stratford-AP, Nov. 14, 2006 8:15 AM) _

Stratford's Town Council has approved a deal aimed at resurrecting the 
Shakespeare theater which has been shut down for nearly two decades.

The Town Council last night approved a contract with a New York 
developer, Koerner Kronenfeld Partners. The company is to renovate and 
reopen the theater.

There have been several attempts at reviving the theater over the years. 
  The state took over the property after the theater declared bankruptcy 
in 1982. State officials paid off the theater's one million debt and 
leased it to a nonprofit group that fared no better.

The theater closed in 1989.

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From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 22:15:49 -0800
Subject: 	Stratford, Conn., OKs deal to reopen Globe theater

Stratford OKs deal to reopen theater

RICHARD WEIZEL
Connecticut Post Online, 11/15/2006
http://www.connpost.com/ci_4661573
STRATFORD - The Bard may finally be back in Stratford after a 20-year 
intermission.

The curtain could go up again at the long-shuttered Shakespeare theatre 
by the spring of 2008 under a contract with a New York developer 
approved late Monday by the Town Council.

The council unanimously approved the pact, despite emotional appeals by 
opponents to table the plan and consider other options they believe 
would be artistically and financially superior.

But council members on Tuesday strongly defended their decision to 
approve a negotiated agreement with Koerner Kronenfeld Partners, LLC, of 
New York City to renovate, reopen and operate the legendary Elm Street 
showcase.

"This is by far the strongest plan and has the best chance to succeed, 
and we have tremendous confidence in the KKP group to reopen the 
theater," said Town Council Chairman James Feehan, R-9.

"After all these years of talking it was time to take action," Feehan 
said. "What do we have to lose? The contract has built-in safeguards for 
the town that require KKP to meet specific goals by specific dates. If 
they don't do that, we can open the process again."

Feehan dismissed last-minute opposition to the proposal, including 
devotees of local director Louis Burke, who headed another group that 
failed to reopen the theater during the 1990s...

Under terms of the contract, once the pact is signed, KKP has 90 days to 
submit a final proposal outlining what needs to be done, and how much it 
will cost to renovate the theater. Then, the council will have 35 days 
to either accept, reject or ask for modifications to that plan. After 
that, KKP will have 90 days to raise the necessary capital...

Despite Burke's failed effort to reopen the theater during the 1990s, 
when his first group ran out of money, several residents insisted the 
theater will never reach its full potential, if open at all, under the 
KKP pact...

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Shakespeare's Birthday

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1005  Wednesday, 16 November 2006

From: 		Peter Farey <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 15:45:35 -0000
Subject: 	Shakespeare's Birthday

Arising from a discussion I have been involved in recently, I have been 
taking another look at just what we know about Shakespeare's birth, and 
thought that some SHAKSPEReans might find the result of some interest.

Michael Wood (p. 30) reproduces part of the Bishop's Transcript page 
containing William's baptism. Including that entry, there are six of 
them in all.

And here is what the newly published (1559) Book of Common Prayer (of 
which the vicar John Bretchgirdle undoubtedly had a copy) said about the 
timing of baptisms:

   "Wherfore the people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient
   that Baptisme should not be ministred but upon Sondayes, and other
   holy dayes, when the most nombre of people may come together..."

On such a day, this is what you were supposed to do:

   "When there are children to be baptized upon the Sonday, or holy day,
   the parentes shal geve knowledge over nighte, or in the morning, afore
   the beginning of Mornyng prayour, to the curate."

It is therefore interesting to note that not one of those Stratford 
baptisms was on a Sunday (of which there were five in the period they 
cover). One was on a Monday, two (including William's) on a Wednesday, 
two on a Thursday, and one on a Saturday, none of which was even a 'holy 
day'. It would seem, therefore, that people were actively avoiding times 
when "the most number of people" would be there.

A possible reason for this is not hard to find. It must have been known 
that bubonic plague was only a couple of days' ride away by then, and 
would be bound to reach Stratford before long (as it did in fact on 11 
July). As Stephen Greenblatt (p. 93) points out, nearly two thirds of 
the babies born that year in Stratford died before their first birthday. 
  At such times, especially if you had already lost two children in 
their infancy as the Shakespeare's had, you would have made sure that 
any baby was baptized as soon as possible after its birth.

The Prayer Book also says: "Nevertheles (if necessitie so require) 
children may at al tymes be Baptized at home" so I think we can guess 
that this was the case with all six of those Stratford baptisms?

As we know, there is no evidence of exactly when Shakespeare was born. 
Going from what is said on the monument, however, scholars calculate 
that it must have been on 23 April 1564 or earlier, since neither the 
24th or the 25th would have allowed him to be described as 'AEtatis 53' 
on 23 April 1616. Given the above information, however, it seems more 
probable to me that the '53' may well have been a mistake, and that the 
birth, followed as soon as possible by the baptism at home on 26 April 
1564, would have been on 25 April at the earliest.

Peter Farey
http://www2.prestel.co.uk/rey/index.htm

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New Poor Yorick Contest

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1003  Wednesday, 16 November 2006

From: 		Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Nov 2006 13:49:19 -0500
Subject: 	New Poor Yorick Contest

Greetings all,

I am very pleased to announce that Poor Yorick has resurrected its 
contest, and this time around we're looking for As You Like It Acrostics 
based on character names from that play.

The deadline is April 1, to coincide with the HBO broadcast of Branagh's 
As You Like It, and prizes include gift certificates and a limited 
number of original Branagh Hamlet posters.  There will also be special 
prizes awarded to teachers who submit entries from 10 or more students, 
and student prizes as well.

Details can be found at www.bardcentral.com/pitch.php.

Enjoy!

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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