The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1426 Wednesday, 26 July 2000.
Date: Monday, 24 Jul 2000 14:38:56 EDT
Subject: New Outdoor Shakespeare in Ohio
The Scioto Society, producers of the historic drama Tecumseh! for the
last 29 years, opened a wonderful MND last night at Sugarloaf Mountain
Amphitheatre in Chillicothe, Ohio. Laura K. Wolf directed, and J.J. Cobb
(daughter of Mel Cobb, the first to portray Tecumseh here years ago & I
understand was lately in London doing Shakespeare) did the editing.
Allison DeLeon, a small dark lithe young woman, was Puck and Malcolm
Haymes, a heavyset actor with incredible facial range, was Bottom. Both
were world-class, the entire cast shockingly good, this stage itself a
This production will repeat Aug 6 and Aug 20 (Sundays). Tickets are $15,
$6 for children 10 and under, maybe the best entertainment bargain in
Ohio. Chillicothe is about 45 miles south of Columbus. Box office phone
is 740-775-0700. People of all ages and backgrounds laughed throughout
the performance and stood at its end.
If you come, fellow SHAKSPEReans, let me know.
Kezia Vanmeter Sproat
P.S. Remember Maurice Morgann? His 1774 "Essay Concerning the Character
of Sir John Falstaff" raged re. Voltaire's estimate of Shakespeare:
"When the hand of time shall have brushed off his present Editors and
Commentators, and when the very name of Voltaire, and even the memory of
the language in which he has written, shall be no more, the APALACHIAN
mountains, the banks of the OHIO, and the plains of SCIOTA shall resound
with the accents of this Barbarian: In his native tongue he shall roll
the genuine passions of nature; nor shall the griefs of LEAR be
alleviated, or the charms and wit of ROSALIND be abated by time."
In 1774, Ohio was a wilderness occupied by Shawnee like Tecumseh, who
was then six years old. Happily, not all that angry prediction has come