The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0135  Sunday, 21 January 2001

From:           Edward Pixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 20 Jan 2001 10:14:09 -0500
Subject: 12.0114 Re: Orlando
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0114 Re: Orlando

>I won't quibble with Chris Stroffolino's interesting contribution to the
>Rosalind motivation question, but I will offer a few more (and probably
>final) observations.
>1. There really isn't enough data. I hope I won't shock anyone if I
>offer the opinion that Shakespeare seems to have skimped a bit on this
>transitional passage

I, too, hope, that no one on this list will be shocked, since this kind
of open-ended writing is fundamental to good playwriting--leaving room
for the creative contribution of the producing artists.  It's one of the
qualities that makes theatre the most collaborative of the arts.
Certainly one reason that Shakespeare has dominated the English-speaking
theatre for over 400 years is his mastery of this quality, leaving such
open-ended considerations both to producing artists and to people like
us on this list.  No computer game can match the endless possibilities.
So let the fun proceed!

Ed Pixley

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