The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0585.  Wednesday, 21 May 1997.

From:           G. L. Horton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 20 May 1997 10:24:50
Subject:        Going to Galway, Dublin, Brighton, and London.

I will be attending the Forth International Women Playwrights Conference
in Galway June 22-29th, where an excerpt from my play "Inquest" will be
part of the conference program.  I'm planning to sight-see in Dublin
immediately before or after the Conference, visit a playwright friend
who lives in Brighton, and then spend at least the first week of July in
London.  I welcome advice from anyone who knows how to manage
inspirational experience on a Starving Artist budget, and I'd be
delighted to meet fellow SHAKPERians for gossip and inexpensive
playgoing.  I want to see Shakespeare, of course: but my other interest
is new plays-plays where the words take precedence over spectacle, and
particularly plays by, about, and/or directed by women.

>I don't "get" how the line "My father-methinks I see my father" (I, ii,
>184) works in the play. It seems too blatant, or too slapstick, or too
>weakly ironic, or too something to fit in with the character of Hamlet
>or the situation. I notice that it is also frequently cut in

I hadn't noticed this-it was certainly in the 2 most recent "Hamlet's
I've seen, and posed no particular problem.  I'd say the playing of the
"moment" is up to Horatio: it's his short "Where?" that's difficult,
because while it conveys Horatio's sudden notion that the ghost has
appeared to Hamlet, too, it also sets up Hamlet's response "in my mind's
eye"; which can carry the implication that Hamlet knows that there are
(already) rumors that he is deranged by grief and delusional.  Too big a
"take" and the response is smothered by laughter.

>Can this line be "played" in a reasonable way?

I thought it went very well in K.B.'s film.

G.L.Horton -- Newton, MA, USA
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