The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0897  Saturday, 1 April 2002

From:           Sam Small <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 29 Mar 2002 16:43:34 -0000
Subject: 13.0886 Re: Acting the Bard
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0886 Re: Acting the Bard

As a human being first (actor third) I must profoundly disagree with
both Aimee Luzier and Susan St. John who I am sure are wonderful
actresses.  My point is that first you have to decide one of two things
- and if I may take Iago as an example.  Did Shakespeare withhold Iago's
source of ire because (a) he was being mischievously secretive or (b) he
deliberately withheld the information.  Actors have no more information
that the audience in this matter.  To the acting Ms St John and Luzier I
say - that means you too! You don't know therefore can't know.  I think
the clue is clear.  It is a universal, Lucifer type, demonic hatred that
would not be stopped by a brown envelope saying that the promotion had
finally come through.  Iago, don't forget, is not only after the
destruction of the noble Othello and his innocent wife but the complete
humiliation of his reputation - which he
achieves.   There's lots madness in Iago - but of course, lots of method
too.  If you don't understand the awe-inspiring power of irrational
hatred then don't play Shakespeare.


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