The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0173  Friday, 23 January 2004

From:           Joe Conlon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 23 Jan 2004 01:17:27 -0500
Subject:        Julius Caesar : New Question -- New Thread?

I'm currently teaching Julius Caesar to tenth grade high school students
in Indiana, USA.  We were talking about the opening scenes and I got to
wondering about the staging that the Chamberlain's Men might have used.
  I've read Steve Sohmer's excellent book on Shakespeare's Mystery Play
and I am convinced that Julius Caesar opened the Globe.  I am intrigued
about what the premier might have been like.

Is it probable that during Caesar's triumphal entrance the actors would
have thrown money or small gifts to the groundlings both as celebration
and as "publicity" to get the new playhouse off to a good start with
word of mouth advertising?  One of my students suggested that during the
discussion of the naked footrace through the streets of Rome celebrating
the Luprecal, several actors may have "streaked" the stage in the buff.
  The more I thought of that, the more possible I thought it was.

I've been trying to engage my student's imagination to put themselves in
that audience at the Globe on opening day, and I've found that they have
responded well to that approach.  Do any list members have ideas or
comments about what that may have been like?  I particularly would like
to hear Steve Sohmer's thoughts on the matter.

Joe Conlon
Warsaw, Indiana, USA

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