The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1609 Tuesday, 29 August 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 29 Aug 2000 07:53:45 -0400
Subject: Brandon, Julius Caesar, etc.
Thanks to those who have responded thus far to my request for
information about the Stationers' Register. In addition, I should have
opened the scope of my Brandon inquiry before, but I hope it isn't too
late now: I've not found ANY critical work that discusses Brandon's
writings more than passingly. If anyone knows of such a work, kindly
This weekend, I saw a production of <Julius Caesar> put on by the The
Shakespeare Project at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). It
was an interesting failure, especially the opening, the direction of
which I think might interest listserv members. Members of the cast
seated audience members as the former sang "Over There (Roman version)"
and "It's a Long, Long Way to Brittania," and handed out cups of wine
and copies of Rome's daily "newspaper," which was headlined WAR OVER!
The story detailed JC's victory over Pompey in Hispania. The cast
members got the audience to join them in song, poured us more wine, and
generally whipped us up into a good-time frenzy which was interrupted by
the start of the play--the tribunes entered and shouted us down before
addressing the carpenter and cobbler in particular. It was an extremely
effective ploy; unfortunately, the commoners were played for laughs
elsewhere in the play, which may explain, in part, the increasing
disaffection the audience felt for the characters as the production