The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0445  Friday, 25 July 2008

From:       Ina Centaur <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 23:16:30 -0700
Subject: 19.0424 Blackfriars Tag-Team Shakespeare Performance
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0424 Blackfriars Tag-Team Shakespeare Performance

While this performance sounds interesting, I'm afraid to say this might not be 
the first known performance of a Shakespearean play by multiple "teams" of cast.

The SL Shakespeare Company has already performed a full length full costumed 
staged reading performance of Twelfth Night with multiple teams of actors -- a 
motley mix of both professionals and others, some pulled in straight from the 
audience. The live performance was available every Friday nights, Saturday 
mornings, and Sunday afternoon to anyone anywhere with an internet connection 
between 6/20 and 7/20, "performed by a moving cast, and audience members from 
the last week who wish to enlist would have the possible chance to make the 
cast." http://vshakespeare.ning.com/events/event/show?id=2058941:Event:1144

Due to funding reasons, we were limited to a full costume staged reading -- and 
of course, since we are a troupe performing in the open-ended virtual world of 
Second Life -- we also had some interesting technical complications. Examples 
include actors not being able to log on at the right time or crashing at the 
wrong time -- this resulted in not only last-minute re-casting but also 
last-minute "free for all's" as the next available actor takes on a "MIA" role. 
All in sum, it was fun for both the team and audience. Just a note of a similar 
endeavor -- it's always wonderful to see other companies exploring the new 
possibilities in Shakespearean performances.

(cc'ed: hopefully all relevant parties - please forward.)


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