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All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0035  Tuesday, 20 January 2009

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Date:      Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 19:00:24 -0500
Subject: 20.0028 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare 
Comment:   Re: SHK 20.0028 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare 
Theatre

Mari Bonomi says "I'd be grateful for some elucidation."

Apologies, the relationship between the two speeches is slightly 
complex: the Queen Mab speech has thematic overlap with the entirety of 
_A Midsummer Night's Dream_, whereas the play staged by the mechanicals 
is similarly a reflection of the entire plot of _Romeo and Juliet_.

John Briggs says "Burbage would have played Orsino in "Twelfth Night"."

Indeed. This kind of puts a kink in the idea that thematic overlap 
between characters necessarily reflects Shakespeare writing deliberately 
for specific actors. I was also wrong in lumping Iago, Hamlet and Edmund 
into the same pot; the connection between Iago and Hamlet is that both 
are central characters with overdetermined -- and then finally 
undetermined -- motivations, whereas Iago and Edmund are more simply 
similar by type -- even though, as Stephen Booth notes, Edmund can't 
seem to cleanly present whether it is his bastardy or his status as a 
second-born that is the ultimate reason for his sworn allegiance to nature.

I was also wondering: is anybody on the list aware of good literature on 
the subject of which actors would have played which parts in the plays?

--Aaron

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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0035  Tuesday, 20 January 2009

From:      Aaron Azlant <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:      Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 19:00:24 -0500
Subject: 20.0028 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare 
Comment:   Re: SHK 20.0028 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare 
Theatre

Mari Bonomi says "I'd be grateful for some elucidation."

Apologies, the relationship between the two speeches is slightly 
complex: the Queen Mab speech has thematic overlap with the entirety of 
_A Midsummer Night's Dream_, whereas the play staged by the mechanicals 
is similarly a reflection of the entire plot of _Romeo and Juliet_.

John Briggs says "Burbage would have played Orsino in "Twelfth Night"."

Indeed. This kind of puts a kink in the idea that thematic overlap 
between characters necessarily reflects Shakespeare writing deliberately 
for specific actors. I was also wrong in lumping Iago, Hamlet and Edmund 
into the same pot; the connection between Iago and Hamlet is that both 
are central characters with overdetermined -- and then finally 
undetermined -- motivations, whereas Iago and Edmund are more simply 
similar by type -- even though, as Stephen Booth notes, Edmund can't 
seem to cleanly present whether it is his bastardy or his status as a 
second-born that is the ultimate reason for his sworn allegiance to nature.

I was also wondering: is anybody on the list aware of good literature on 
the subject of which actors would have played which parts in the plays?

--Aaron

_______________________________________________________________
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opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the 
editor assumes no responsibility for them.
 

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