The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0712 Sunday, 21 October 2007
Date: Friday, 19 Oct 2007 18:22:55 -0400
The October 8th, 2007 New Yorker has an article on Elizabeth LeCompte
the director of the Wooster Group who is putting on HAMLET at the Public
Theatre in N.Y.
I have the following observations:
1. This production is not recommended for Red Sox fans.
2. If your hero is Joe Torre you are due for a bad hair day.
3. I do not think Melky Cabrera is a better actor than Jeter.
4. It seems that this is the same production that was "not quite there"
in Barcelona or Paris or Beaubourg or St. Ann's Warehouse or in
Amsterdam. New York she feels is different and it will be "there".
5. It seems that the play's set consists of a big movie screen that
shows Burton's 1964 Hamlet while aluminum frames splinter around it.
6. It seems that most of the actors that started out with her at the
"Garage" died of Aids in the 1990s with the exception of her partner
Gray who in 2001 attempted suicide and who disappeared in 2004 (his body
found in the East River).
7. It is important to note that LeCompte does not concern herself with
-Is Hamlet mad or insane? Does he love Ophelia? Does Hamlet desire his
mother? Is the ghost real? Why bother probing Hamlet's character?
8. LeCompte has had no previous experience with Shakespeare except for
seeing Burton in 1964 and managed to catch sight of Elizabeth Taylor
coming out of the stage door.
9. Arthur Miller watched a rehearsal of one of her plays that ripped off
the "Crucible" and sensibly had a cease and desist letter sent out.
10. It seems that she has been thinking about the play and working on it
I hope the audience enjoys the production!
Elliott H. Stone
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