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Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0452  Thursday, 31 July 2008

[1] From:   Ron Severdia <
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     Date:   Friday, 25 Jul 2008 08:26:00 -0700
     Suct:   Re: SHK 19.0439 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts

[2] From:   John Zuill <
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     Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 2008 12:25:08 +1000
     Suct:   Re: SHK 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts

[3] From:   Tom Salyers <
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     Date:   Sunday, 27 Jul 2008 03:02:28 -0700 (PDT)
     Suct:   Re: SHK 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts


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From:       Ron Severdia <
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Date:       Friday, 25 Jul 2008 08:26:00 -0700
Subject: 19.0439 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0439 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts

There isn't a line count (eventually there will be), but all the scene pages on 
PlayShakespeare.com have a list of characters in that scene. For example:

http://www.playshakespeare.com/hamlet/scenes

Line counts will vary by edition, of course.

Cheers,
Ron Severdia
PlayShakespeare.com

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From:       John Zuill <
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Date:       Saturday, 26 Jul 2008 12:25:08 +1000
Subject: 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts

This may be off topic again but oddly enough, doing a character scene break down 
of a play is something I do quite often. I tend to end up doing a lot of the 
work of producing as well as directing Shakespeare. I have run into a problem 
with scheduling rehearsals. When you pay people little or nothing, they need to 
have jobs. So I have to work around their schedules. Then I have scenes, which 
need rehearsing. What I have to contrive is a series of incidents of 
circumstance in which the person playing the part, is at rehearsal for the scene 
in which they are required, at the right time. I think it's called a pattern of 
permutations. I am not a computer person but I sallied forth with a database 
program to try to design something that would chew up all the data of baby sit 
times and Cassius in Scene 3 etc. The result was to have been something that 
produced a two month rehearsal schedule at a press of the return key. I almost 
went mad. I had to think in three different logical contexts at once and I 
cannot. It took hours of listening to Bach to put all the circles back in the 
round holes and all the squares back in the square holes. Bach is great for 
sanity. In any case, if anyone has any idea how to do this, I would be delighted 
to hear about it. Right now, I just do it the slow way. This can be very 
frustrating.

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From:       Tom Salyers <
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Date:       Sunday, 27 Jul 2008 03:02:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0442 Character/Scene/Line Breakdown Charts

 >I think Tom Salyers is describing T. J. King's book, *Casting Shakespeare's
 >Plays* (Cambridge UP, 1992).
 >
 >Best,
 >John Cox
 >Hope College

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I think this book is the exact one I'm 
looking for. It seems to be out of print, but fortunately the local university 
library has a copy.

If anyone's curious, the reason I was trying to find this book is that I'm in 
the tedious data-entry phase of a project I'm working on in my spare time. It's 
an experiment in programmatically doubling roles in Shakespeare plays without 
all the tedium of manually poring over charts like the one in this book. I've 
finally got a prototype working on Windows with one test play--in that I got it 
to (for instance) stop doubling Dogberry and Verges--and I'm ready to expand it 
to the rest of the plays.

Tom Salyers


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