The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2253  Monday, 11 November 2002

From:           Jim Slager <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 9 Nov 2002 22:59:57 -0800
Subject:        Re: Finis for Thomas of Woodstock

Al Magary writes: "In the SHAKSPER archives I ran across a report by Jim
Slager on the Carmel (Calif.) Shakespeare's 2001 production of a Edward
III/Thomas of Woodstock/Richard II cycle."

I'm happy to see some interest in two postings I made last year after
attending these three history plays in one day in Carmel.  I was a bit
disappointed to type them up and post them only to be met with crushing
silence.  If anyone else is interested they are here:

The first deals with the Oxfordian infestation at Carmel and the second
deals with the productions of Edward III, Thomas of Woodstock, and
Richard III.
Al, the link you gave
(http://www.hampshireshakespeare.org/notes/TOWmain.html) is very welcome
since I previously had no access to any text of ToW.  I intend to study
it when I get a chance.  As for the ending, I can't remember if the
"Finis" ending was used at Carmel but I have the general feeling that it
was.  But Carmel had yet another scene with Richard appearing on stage
and making a defiant speech which seemed strange since he and his forces
had been defeated in the previous scene and there was no continuity.
Perhaps there was another contest with $200 prize for someone who could
provide a bridge to the beginning of Richard II where Richard was in
complete control.  In any case, I went to Carmel again this year and saw
1H4, 2H4, and H5.  I expect to go next year again for Henry the Sixth in
two parts and Richard III.  As for the quality of these productions, ...
well you have to be nuts over the Histories to endure them.  But I am.
By the way, I am studying for next year already and am nearly finished
with 2H6 and enjoying it very much.

Jim Slager

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