The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0339  Thursday, 16 August 2012


From:        David Richman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 14, 2012 10:26:30 AM EDT

Subject:     Aesthetic and Anesthetic


It is always good to read or listen to what Steve Urkowitz has to say on any subject.  I too have devoted myself to emotionally evocative productions of Shakespeare.  I wonder about directorial intention:  (and yes, I do know about the intentional fallacy).  Perhaps the director was deliberately aiming at a Brechtian Macbeth—asking the audience to experience, in a roundabout way, what lack of fellow feeling can do to us all.  Or perhaps the director was merely being clever in less efficacious ways. 

Perennial problem:  How do you shock the audience into experiencing anew a play the audience knows well?  We all cudgel our brains on that hard stone.  


David Richman 


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