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The National Players
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0256  Friday, 30 March 2007

[1] 	From: 	Marc Honea <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 11:31:46 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0215 The National Players

[2] 	From: 	Cornelius Novelli <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 16:27:51 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0215 The National Players


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From: 		Marc Honea <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 11:31:46 -0400
Subject: 18.0215 The National Players
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0215 The National Players

The National Players I know of is a company that used to be sponsored by 
the theatre program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., a 
company started over fifty years ago by the "legendary" Father Hartke. 
I think they were, or now are, also supported by the state theatre of 
Maryland at Olney. Their mission was always to bring the classical 
Western theatre repertoire, with a strong leaning toward Shakespeare, to 
every nook and cranny of the country.  It always struck me as a noble 
and essential expression of the traveling players ideal:  a bus load of 
graduate level actors, doing their own tech and administration in 
addition to performing, going to the smallest town halls and gymnasiums 
pretty much everywhere as part of a year-long tour.  The scripts were 
trimmed but the classically trained performers were perfectly fine.  But 
I haven't seen one of their productions in over ten years, so...I hope 
standards have remained high.

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From: 		Cornelius Novelli <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 16:27:51 -0400
Subject: 18.0215 The National Players
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0215 The National Players

The National Players did an outdoor MUCH ADO here last summer.  Their 
productions are skilled, and tend to be focused, accessible and 
appealing to a wide range of viewers, tightly-paced.  -- Neil Novelli

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