2010

Actor Doubling

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0387  Wednesday, 29 September 2010

[1]  From:      Anthony Burton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      September 27, 2010 3:41:25 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0384  Actor Doubling 

[2]  From:      Paul Barry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      September 27, 2010 7:51:37 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doublings
 
[3]  From:      Tom Reedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      September 28, 2010 10:32:51 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0384  Actor Doubling
 

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From:         Anthony Burton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 27, 2010 3:41:25 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0384  Actor Doubling
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0384  Actor Doubling

Bill Blanton's opinion that "Shakespeare wrote himself into the play as Shylock 
the Jew" and then doubled as Lorenzo, comes very close to my view that Will 
wrote himself into the play as both Shylock and Antonio, alternating roles on 
successive performances and adding a rich new dimension to Portia's "Which is 
the merchant here? and which the Jew?" Every audience, lacking playbills, 
calendar watches, or iPhones, would have felt the same anxious uncertainty 
before the day's performance and thus, Willy-nilly, become doubly engaged with 
Portia in her initial confusion.

It's all so obvious.

If, as likely for any serious actor Will went to synagogue to prepare for his 
Shylock days, it would go on nicely to explain where he met his Dark Lady and 
why his romantic inclinations were frustrated. The Lorenzo-Jessica plot no doubt 
arose during that period of preparation, Will immortalizing in wish fulfillment 
the love that dared not speak its name.

I once dated a girl from New Jersey, and that didn't work out either.

Tony

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From:         Paul Barry <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 27, 2010 7:51:37 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0379  Actor Doublings
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doublings

In calculating cast size for HAMLET, remember you need four guards to carry the 
corpses of Ophelia and Hamlet and to physicalize Claudius' power and to protect 
him from Hamlet. They don't even have to be actors.

PAUL BARRY

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From:         Tom Reedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 28, 2010 10:32:51 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0384  Actor Doubling
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0384  Actor Doubling

>I do not have anything to offer on any of the other plays, or on doubling in 
>general. 
>
>Bill

For this relief much thanks.

Tom Reedy



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Twelfth Night

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0386  Wednesday, 29 September 2010

From:         Brian Bixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 24, 2010 5:44:59 PM EDT
Subject:      Twelfth Night

Would list members be so kind as to suggest essential, accessible readings for 
Twelfth Night? I stress accessible both because I am still on dial-up, and 
because Inter-Library Loan, which has often been helpful to me in my rural 
location, has so far failed (e.g., it was unable to produce Lois Potter, Twelfth 
Night; Laurie Osborne, The Trick of Singularity and C. L. Barber, Shakespeare's 
Festive Comedy). I am willing to purchase modestly priced books, and to pay 
photocopying and mailing costs for articles if members have the time to send 
them to me (or even to swap books and/or articles for a copy of my Essays on 
Gardening in a Cold Climate!). I do have the Arden (Third Series) and Oxford 
World Classics editions of the play with their substantial introductions.

Brian Bixley


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Actor Doubling

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0384  Monday, 27 September 2010

[1]  From:      William Blanton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      September 24, 2010 11:27:16 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doubling

[2]  From:      Herb Weil <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:      September 25, 2010 2:13:29 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doublings


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From:         William Blanton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 24, 2010 11:27:16 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0379  Actor Doublings
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doublings

Based on my research into The Merchant of Venice, I believe that Shakespeare 
wrote himself into the play as Shylock the Devil, poorly disguised as a Jew, and 
doubled the role of Lorenzo. 

Copying what I wrote at shylocke.org, Part IV, Shylock as the Devil:

ANTHONIO:
Let me have judgement, and the Jew his will.
(4.1.83)

Shakespeare wrote himself into the play as Shylock the Jew (on the surface level 
of the plot). He punned on his name in this fashion in Sonnets 135 and 136. The 
actor playing Antonio would have dropped the h in his, and would have used 
gestures and tone of voice to insure that the audience got the reference: the 
Jew is Will.

BASSANIO:	
And curbe this cruell divell of his will.
(4. 1. 223)

Shakespeare also wrote himself into the play as Shylock the Devil (on several 
other levels of meaning). The actor playing Bassanio would have dropped the h in 
his, and would have swallowed or slurred the word of. As he was gesturing to 
Shylock, the actor would have said the line as this cruel devil is. Will, and 
Shakespeare as Shylock would have taken a little bow, or made some other 
acknowledgment. The audience would have recognized Shakespeare as Shylock from 
his first entrance as that character.

BASSANIO:	
I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all
Here to this devil, to deliver you.
(4. 1. 295-96)

The actor playing Bassanio would have gestured once again to Shylock.

SOLANIO:
Let me say Amen betimes, least the divell crosse
my praier, for here he comes in the likenes of a Jew.
(3 1.18-19)

Take this literally. Shakespeare reminded his audience that Shylock is the 
Devil, disguised -- poorly disguised at that -- as a Jew. 

I have not yet developed my observation that Shakespeare doubled as Lorenzo. 
However, here is one indication (among others):

ANTHONIO:
So please my Lord the Duke, and all the Court
To quit the fine for one halfe of his goods,
I am content : so he will let me have 
The other halfe in use, to render it
Upon his death, unto the Gentleman
That lately stole his daughter.
(4.1.414-19)

Shakespeare was working on The Merchant of Venice from at least mid-to-late 
1596, and completed it sometime after March 1597. He obtained the coat of arms 
of a Gentleman for his father, and for himself, on October 20, 1596. 

When Antonio says these lines, Shakespeare is on stage as Shylock. The audience 
knew that he was doubling Lorenzo, so the actor playing Antonio would have 
gestured to Shakespeare/Shylock when he said the Gentleman. Shakespeare would 
have taken a little bow to acknowledge the recognition of his new status.

Lorenzo and Shylock never appear in the same scene. Shylock leaves Act 4 
abruptly, so that he would have sufficient time to more fully change into his 
costume as Lorenzo for the beginning of Act 5.

I do not have anything to offer on any of the other plays, or on doubling in 
general. 

Bill

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From:         Herb Weil <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 25, 2010 2:13:29 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0379  Actor Doublings
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0379  Actor Doublings

Some of you might enjoy reading my article: "'Be vigitant, I beseech you': A 
Fantasia on Dogberry and Doubling" in BJJ 6 [1999].

It notes that Dogberry and the Watch appear atypically late, unique in all 
Shakespeare's comedies and that none appear with any other major character 
except Leonato before their final scene in Act Five. I conjecture that the actor 
might have been available at times because of plans to leave the company, 
illness, or hangover -- and that the most exciting double would be Dogberry with 
Beatrice, Verges with Margaret.

Posing the possibility of the same actor playing a female and male role of 
course offends many theater historians.

The article also discusses other doubling, especially that in John Barton's 
version of the Henriad in 1969.

Cheers,
Herb

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Shakespeare Role-Playing Game

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0385  Wednesday, 29 September 2010

From:         Paul Budra <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         September 27, 2010 1:57:33 PM EDT
Subject:      Shakespeare Role-Playing Game

I've made one of my teaching tools available for free download: it's a role-
playing game (think Dungeons and Dragons in 5 acts) that allows players to 
improvise a Shakespeare-like narrative. It's suited for advanced students and 
nerdy scholars. You can find it at 

http://www.sfu.ca/personal/budra/playextempore.html

Cheers.
Paul Budra
Associate Dean
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Simon Fraser University


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Workshop on Digital Shakespeare at WSC in Prague

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0383  Monday, 27 September 2010

From:         Alexander Huang <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Monday, September 27, 2010 12:38 AM
Subject:      Workshop on Digital Shakespeare at WSC in Prague

Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, Prague 2011

Call for Participants

Workshop: Global Shakespeares in the Digital Archive

Deadline: November 30, 2010

Conveners: Peter Donaldson, Ford Foundation Professor of Humanities, MIT 
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Alexander Huang, Associate Professor at Penn State and 
Research Affiliate at MIT (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Workshop description: 

The age of global Shakespeares and digital video archive is upon us, and online 
video research tools have become indispensable when we research and teach 
worldwide performances of Shakespeare. It is an age when Shakespeare and world 
cultures foster symbiotic and antithetical relationships with equal force. This 
workshop serves two purposes: 

(1) To introduce participants to the resources, research tools and new 
pedagogical possibilities afforded by the MIT Global Shakespeares digital 
performance archive and research space located at 
http://globalshakespeares.org/   The project provides global, regional, and 
national portals to Shakespeare productions within a federated archive. There 
are portals to Shakespeare performances in the UK and North America, the Arab 
World, India, Asia, and Brazil, containing full videos and video highlights. 

and 

(2) To work with practitioners, users of digital archives, and any one curious 
about new pedagogical possibilities; to brainstorm about the practical and 
theoretical implications of a broad range of digital Shakespeare projects 
including video and textual archives. What can one do with these digital tools 
that has not been possible until now? Are there any limitations or drawbacks? 
What critical resources might we bring to thinking about the place of the 
archive in Shakespeare studies today? 

Participants without any experience with digital archives are welcome! 

Register online: http://www.shakespeare2011.net/

Please return Registration form (see website above) to 
Dr Nick Walton, 
by e-mail to     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
or to International Shakespeare Association, The Shakespeare 
Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW, UK 


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