Sunday, March 23, 2008

Greenblatt on Cardenio

Went to a Stephen Greenblatt lecture recently that was titled something like The Strange Case of Cardenio. I was expecting a lecture about Shakespeare & Fletcher's lost play but it was actually an account of Greenblatt's collaboration with Charles Mee to create a modern version of what Cardenio with some reference back to what the Elizabetheans might have thought about it. The most interesting part is Greenblatt commissioning productions in other countries and giving them license to adapt the play to that culture. He discussed versions in India and Japan though according to another source there were also Russian and Croatian productions.