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Texts for Production?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0404  Monday, 27 July 2009

[1] From:   John C Zuill <
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     Date:   Saturday, 25 Jul 2009 14:56:03 +1000
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0399 Texts for Production?

[2] From:   John Hudson <
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     Date:   Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 10:12:23 -0400
     Subj:   Allegorical Dramaturgy and Shakespeare


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From:       John C Zuill <
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Date:       Saturday, 25 Jul 2009 14:56:03 +1000
Subject: 20.0399 Texts for Production?
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0399 Texts for Production?

 >Do you have regular published editions that you always consult  (Arden,
 >New Cambridge, Oxford, etc.)

Arden, Variorums ( Dover I think), New Cambridge, Folio

 >Do you consult Folio/Quarto facsimiles; do you find modern-type
 >and/or modern-spelling versions more useful for any reason?

Consult Folios but use modern spelling for actors. Quibbles get decided 
in the performance script and are mentioned to actors as other 
possibilities. If they want to change it, we discuss.

 >Do you ever use another company's cut text?

No but consult them for ideas.

 >OR, do you give a published edition to the actors?

In the beginning yes. Now I never do. I print out or email the script.

 >Does your choice of edition change production by production, or do
 >you have one publisher or editor that you always use?

No particular edition

 >Anything you can share with me about your practices would be
 >helpful, and I would particularly like to know the reasons for your
 >choices.

I try not to cut at all. But that's almost impossible. I do like my 
shows to be brisk and well paced so I guess can fit more in that other 
productions. I justify the order of scenes as written out of 
superstition I think. I can't bear to change the order.

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From:       John Hudson <
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Date:       Sunday, 26 Jul 2009 10:12:23 -0400
Subject:    Allegorical Dramaturgy and Shakespeare

 >I would like to correspond with any other dramaturges or directors
 >interested in staging the allegorical aspects of Shakespeare's plays.

I wrote my M.A. thesis at the Shakespeare Institute on allegorical 
staging, and have done allegorical productions of A Midsummer Night's 
Dream and As You Like It. Next year I will be doing a production of 
Twelfth Night at a college in Massachusetts. This year I am working on 
some of the common allegories across Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Hamlet.

Many thanks,
John Hudson
New York City

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