Re: [Shakespeare-lovers-Chevy-Chase-MD] "The Man Who Built the Globe"

From: Betsy L.
Sent on: Saturday, September 15, 2012 6:25 PM
Dear Group,
    If you haven't read it, you might enjoy reading Bill Bryson's "Shakespeare: The World As Stage."  It is a slim paperback, but packed with information about Shakespeare, his times, what we know about the Globe Theater and how we know it, and the arguments for why it was Francis Bacon or the Earl of Oxford who wrote Shakespeare's plays -- demolished with wit and facts.  I learned so much from this delightfully written and well-researched book.  Betsy
 
Betsy Levin
Washington, DC
 
In a message dated 9/14/[masked]:24:52 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
Thank you.

On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM, Afsaneh <[address removed]> wrote:

 

Dear Member - 
I thought you might enjoy the below piece I'd shared with friends last year from London:

"The Man Who Built the Globe"
Sam Wanamaker  (1919 - 1993): American film director and actor b. Chicago, Illinois  - son of Ukrainian Jewish immirgrants The creator of "Shakespeare's Globe" turns out to have been a visionary, an American blacklisted under the McCarthy era.  The "Red Scare" of the early 1950s had made Sam Wanamaker, an ex-American Communist Member,  leave the US and choose the UK as his permanent home. Despite the upheavals in his homeland, being American and having a can-do attitude was hugely beneficial to his vision of re-creating Shakepeare's original open air theater. In stark contrast to the less visionary attitudes surrounding him in England, he was  "undismayed by the skepticism of his British colleagues"  as the NYT wrote in his obituary in 1993. Sam Wanamaker  went on to make the "Shakespeare Globe" project a lifetime obsession. Wanamaker had first visited London in 1949.  At the site of the original Globe Theatre (1599/1614), he was deeply dismayed to find a blackened plaque as the only remnant of the iconic building. This neglect triggered his visionary quest, which via his early political exile and move to the UK, had become more accessible. In 1997, almost 50 years from his first visit to the site, "Shakespeare's Globe" opened on the original site of the Globe Theatre, with a production of Hamlet. Sadly, Sam Wanamaker had passed 3 years earlier. (One of his daughters, Zoe Wanamaker, is herself an accomplished actress, and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.) What's fascinating to me is that the Puritans  tore down the original "Globe" in 1644. And then, other "Puritans" - this time political puritans - cause Sam Wanamaker to seek refuge in the UK and by an incredible twist of faith, reconstruct the theatre some 350 years later. "Shakespeare's Globe" stands only a few hundred feet away from the site of the original "Globe Theatre." 3 photos (from our meetups albums) below. Afsaneh

 


 





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