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2007 - Stoppard pre-production files
3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA (907)474-5253
Hell (three groups: those who sinned by incontinence, by violence, or by fraud)& Paradise (nine categories of angels)
Purgatory (three groups, depending how they acted in relation to love):
Duration : The very reasons assigned for the existence of purgatory make for its passing character. We pray, we offer sacrifice for souls therein detained that "God in mercy may forgive every fault and receive them into the bosom of Abraham" (Const. Apost., P. G., I col. 1144); and Augustine (De Civ. Dei, lib. XXI, cap.xiii and xvi) declares that the punishment of purgatory is temporary and will cease, at least with the Last Judgment. "But temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both noow and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment."
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I started my rehearsals of the HamletDreams the day after 9-11.
It was too close, too soon; maybe now I can write about it.
Or think at least.
Shakespeare as "closet catholic"?
[ I still want to have a web version of the show, which I called "Hamlet2002" -- I had no time for it, the year is over. ]
After the Tragedy: Godot'06
[ the images are not in the show, the feelings are ]
[ the images to be used in Ordipus X ]
[ I have a new directory "Personal Politics" -- no, not instead of Hamlet2002, but I started it in 2002. ]
Yes, we will get to Dante, kid.
What was this about?
Do we know know?
Do we know know?
Italian poet, born at Florence, 1265; died at Ravenna, Italy, 14 September, 1321.
Midway in the journey of our life
I came to myself in a dark wood,
for the straight way was lost...
Paradiso, XVII, 55-60.
2007 -- 2008 R/G are Dead :Purgatory XXXI (read by Robert Pinsky) "Oh you on that side of the sacred river," turning the point of her words towards me when the edge itself has seemed sharp to me, she began again, going on without pausing, "Say, say whether this is true: your confession must be joined to such accusation." What strength I had was so bewildered that my voice stirred and was done before it was set free of the organs that made it. She scarcely waited, and then said, "What do you think? Answer me, for the water has not cancelled the sad memories in you yet." Bewilderment and fear mingled together forced out of my mouth such a "yes" that to hear it one would have had to see it. As a crossbow, when it is drawn too far, breaks both the cord and the bow so that the shaft strikes the target with less power, so I broke under that heavy burden, with tears and sighs out of me pouring and my voice collapsed in its opening. At that she said to me, "In your desires of me which to the love of that good were leading you beyond which there is nothing to aspire to, what ditches dug across the way, or chains did you come to, that forced you to abandon any hope that you had of going on, and what attractions or advantages were visible on the brows of the others so that you had no choice but to loiter there?" After I had drawn a bitter sigh I had scarcely any voice to answer, and my lips formed it with great labor. In tears I said, "Things of the moment with their false pleasure turned my steps away at once, after your face was hidden." And she, "If you had said nothing or denied what you confess, your guilt would be noted nevertheless, by such a judge is it known! But when the accusation of the sin bursts from the cheeks of the accused, in our court it turns the grindstone against the edge again. All the same, so that now you may bear the shame of your mistakes, and when you hear the sirens another time you may be stronger, lay down the sowing of tears and listen so you may hear how my flesh in the tomb should have led you in the other direction. Never did nature or art show you such beauty as the lovely members in which I was enclosed, and they are crumbled in earth. And if the highest beauty, with my dying, so failed you, what mortal thing after that should have drawn you into desiring it? Indeed at the first arrow of deceptive things you should have risen and followed after me, who was of that kind then no longer. Your wings should not have been weighed down by any girl or other vanity so briefly known, waiting to shot repeatedly. Two or three times a fledgling bird will wait but in vain is the net spread or arrow shot before the eyes of the bird when it has grown." As children stand feeling ashamed, without a word, their eyes on the ground, listening, admitting what they have done and repenting, so I stood there, and she said, "Since what you hear is painful, lift up your beard and you will find that what you see is even more so." With less resistance the massive oak is uprooted, whether by the wind out of our own regions or that from the land of Iarbas, I lifted my chin then at her command, and when she summoned my face by the beard I felt the full venom of the argument. And when my face had opened, my eyes came to see that those primal creatures had paused in the scattering of flowers, and my eyes, when they were still uncertain of what they saw, saw that Beatrice had turned toward the beast that in two natures is one person. Under her veil and across the stream, it seemed to me she surpassed her former self even more than she surpassed the others when she was here. The nettle of the remorse so stung me there that the thing among all others that had most bent me to love it, I hated worse. Such recognition ate at my heart that I fell, overcome, and what I became then she knows who was the reason for it. Then, when my heart gave my outward sense again to me, I saw the lady I had found alone above me, and she said, "Hold onto me! Hold onto me!" She had drawn me into the river up to my throat, and pulling me after her, she was moving, light as a shuttle, over the water. When I was near the blessed shore I heard "Purge me" chanted so sweetly that it cannot be written or even remembered. The beautiful lady opened her arms, embraced my head and drew me under so that I had to swallow the water. Then she brought me out and, bathed now, led me into the dance of the beautiful four and each of them held an arm over me. "We are nymphs here and are stars in heaven. Before Beatrice went down into the world we were ordained to be her handmaidens. We will take you to her eyes. But in the happy light within them, the three on the other side will sharpen yours, for they see more deeply." So they began to sing, and they drew me with them to the breast of the griffin where Beatrice stood, turned in our direction, and said "Be careful not to look away now. We have brought you before the emeralds from which Love shot its arrows once at you." A thousand desires hotter than a flame held my eyes fixed on those shining eyes that were fixed on the griffin the whole time. Like the sun in a mirror, not otherwise, the double beast was shining in her eyes now one with nature, now with the other. Think, reader, whether I marveled, seeing the object remain still in itself, and only the image of it changing. While my soul, full of amazement and joy, was tasting that nourishment which always is enough, and for which one remains hungry, the other three, who by their bearing showed their higher order, came dancing forward to the angelic measure their feet followed. "Turn, Beatrice, turn your holy eyes," they were saying, "to your faithful one who has traveled so many steps to see you. Out of your grace, grace us by unveiling your mouth to him, so that he may perceive the second beauty which you are concealing." Oh splendor of the living eternal light, who has ever grown so pale in the shadow of Parnassus, or has drunk from its well so as not to have a mind that seems encumbered, trying to render you as you appeared there shaded by the harmonies of heaven, when you disclosed yourself to the open air?Anatoly, 2001
What a piece of work is a man. How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty. In form, in moving, how express and admirable. In action, how like an angel. In apprehension, how like a God. The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? [ Hamlet : Theatre Before and After ]
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