Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0644. Thursday, 5 September 1996.
Date: Thursday, 5 Sep 1996 08:49:29 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: "Shylock"
Just a note about the premiere of an excellent new dramatic monologue called
"Shylock," by Mark Leiren-Young, which opened at Vancouver's "Bard in the Park"
festival last Monday. David Bergen played The Actor. The piece is the direct
address to the audience of an actor who's just come offstage having played
Shylock in a production of MV that has been closed by protests from various PC
The themes are the crucial ones of free speech, the preservation of literature,
and separating the artist from his or her art. A very fine, passionately-
argued piece that comes down firmly on the side of Shakespeare, of free speech,
and of reason. I think it will be a companion piece to many a production of MV
in coming years. By the way, it's already been published.