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Hamlet in the Thai Language
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0376  Thursday, 23 September 2010

From:         Alexander Huang <
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Date:         September 10, 2010 7:03:36 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0367 Hamlet in the Thai Language
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0367 Hamlet in the Thai Language

Hello Daniella if I may:

That's a fascinating production. Will this be in English and Asian influenced 
performance styles? Other than Butoh, which Asian traditions are you 
incorporating? 

Though I don't know if there is a readily available Thai translation of Hamlet, 
I'd be happy to check for you. I have done some work on Asian performances of 
Shakespeares. You might check out the "Asia" section of a book I co-edited: 
Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace, available in libraries or from 
Amazon.com?? (you can use the "look inside the book" feature to read selections 
for free):?? http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Hollywood-Cyberspace-Alexander-
Huang/dp/1557535299

There is a recent (2007) Thai production that may be of interest and the Butoh 
master you are working with. The production is titled Payu Pirote, and it's an 
adaptation of The Tempest. It was staged by the Dramatic Arts Department of the 
Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University. Here is a review in English: 
http://thaitempest.multiply.com/reviews/item/2

Speaking of Shakespeare in Thailand, Sunthorn Phu (1786-1855) is sometimes 
called the Thai Shakespeare. He is regarded as the country's national poet. 

Last but not least, Peter Donaldson and I have been working on an open digital 
video archive "Global Shakespeares" (http://globalshakespeares.org/). You can 
also visit our Shakespeare Performance in Asia 
(http://web.mit.edu/shakespeare/asia/). There may be some useful videos for your 
production. We have a lot of Asian Hamlets! 

Best,
Alex


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