Enter Time, as Chorus

In Contes d'Exil, Current reading, Drafts, Film, Hautvoir, Local projects, Music, Scene Prep, Theater on March 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

I’m only at Act 2 Scene 3*. However, I love line 745 in Act 4 Scene 4 when Autolycus says: “Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.” Can anyone improve on such a line? Praise be to William Shakespeare.

I’m a bit distracted this morning.

“If you want something badly enough and you believe in it hard enough, you will eventually get it: though tragedy denies this possibility, comedy affirms it.” (From the Introduction to the play).

An old wives’ or a winter’s tale is like a fairy story: it is not supposed to be realistic and it is bound to have a happy ending. Along the way, there will be magic, dreams, coincidences, children lost and found.” (Also from the Introduction).

Distracted because my thoughts keep turning to something I finished writing some fifteen years ago. Because of the figure of an old crone? Perhaps. Can the ending to that series of tales be called happy? Yes, if you see the tales from her perspective. Same as for Jane Campion’s The Piano, for instance.

What bearing does any of this have on the current work in progress? I don’t have a clue.

* But is it “The”  or “A Winter’s Tale”? My RSC edition says “The”. Everybody else, including Peter Brook, seems to call it “A”.


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