Count me in. Eager to support howsoever.
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Robert Matney

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 10:31 AM, Clayton Stromberger <> wrote:

> Inne!  (the Elizabethan spelling)
> I love that line and I don’t remember being there to hear it spoken by
> Alice (though now I’m pausing to imagine it, and Alice, you sound
> wonderful, I can feel the joy of reunion in it).  I was 12 and was probably
> at Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp with Troop 1 demonstrating my ineptitude with
> knots yet again and so I missed the boat, so to speak, on that
> performance.  But I can certainly still hear and see Jeff Larsen in 1983
> busting out those words with a full tank of air (and full beard) from the
> balcony, Dave Sharpe grinning jauntily beside him and punctuating Jeff’s
> line about the Master “capering to aye her” by propping his foot
> triumphantly up on the railing and planting his elbow on his knee as if to
> say, “How about THAT, matey?!”
> I feel fairly certain Jeff won the Boatswain Award that year as well.
> I confess to being a bit disoriented upon receipt of these emails, but
> happily so, as I was knee deep and inch thick in the middle of the last
> reunion mentally and emotionally (and archivally…. for those of you who
> weren’t in the 2015 class, I have been working for some time on a written
> account of some of that week, as much as I can tell well, and I’ve promised
> it absolutely positively by the 2nd anniversary of the 45th anniversary,
> and Alice is awaiting a draft to edit this Sunday….) — and in fact I had
> just been re-reading your one-year-out invitation for 2015, Doc, when your
> three-years-out trumpet call for 2020 came in.
> As they say, if you’re one year early for something like this you’re
> actually two years late, so thank you Doc for teaching us once again what
> it means to truly be prepared for the big moment.  Carly Simon would have
> to admit that nobody does it better than you.
> I must continue to dwell in the reunion of 2015 by my own spell (i.e. by
> my own challenges as a writer) until I can be released by the help of my
> own two hands as they move across the keyboard in what my prayers hope will
> be flowing chain of letters and spaces.  The gentle breath of many of you
> has filled my sails and my Word documents, and my project is still to
> please; but I must leave the island soon and I hope you can pardon the
> delayer once he delivers his manuscript.
> After that every third thought will be seeing as many of you as possible
> and playing with as many of you as possible in the summer of 2020 and
> especially lots of folks new to the reunion experience.  It’s so cool to
> already hear the new voices in these responses.  In the true spirit of
> Winedale, the circle keeps expanding (hi Shanna, Maria, Adarsh, Aubrey…!)
> Before I go back to the island of the 2015 reunion (I was given a
> 10-minute pass to the present day but the ferry is waiting) I’ll toss in a
> few shells and sand dollars:  To my ear the working-in-town-a-bit-before
> idea is interesting, as any extra time of playing together and hearing
> those words and listening to one another is all to the good; but the main
> problem for many of us would continue to be getting a big chunk of time
> clear and free, and I think it would be difficult to find a way for a large
> group to feel like an ensemble in Austin, living in different places,
> coming to different spaces, before heading out to Round Top/ Winedale for
> time together.
> Maybe the reunion could be 8-10 days out in Fayette County instead of 7,
> all together?  I know the departure of the summer class is an element in
> the time window.  Two weeks would be impossible for many folks, but maybe
> even a few extra days could have an impact?  How to do that and still have
> the celebration on a weekend for out of town visitors and family is a
> challenge too.
> I would be thrilled at the idea of three groups diving into three plays at
> once, though then you have a new challenge of the third space — unless two
> groups could share Winedale?  With Hazel’s and the pecan shade and the
> dormitory classrooms there would be room to spread out and occasionally get
> out of the AC, though I know there is a new director at Winedale and I have
> not met her and don’t know how much that would cost.
> There was much discussion two years ago and afterwards about the tradeoff
> of doing two plays (the two ensembles can really only cross paths briefly,
> since there is much to do and not much time in which to do it) but I think
> the Wednesday night explosion of play where each group shared an hour’s
> worth of work-so-far proved that something remarkable can happen when you
> can take a turn being in the audience and then have an opportunity to be
> swept up in and inspired by the incredible work of a fellow team of
> players.  That gave us a boost that nothing else could have given. Winedale
> at its best is a place where we learn much from each other, and I think
> that night was a vibrant living proof of that.  So I’d love to be a part of
> more of that sharing.  The idea of Camp graduates being a part of it is
> exciting too.  We are all your students Doc, that is really clear when I
> see the Camp performances.
> And I also feel that doing a play (instead of scenes) gave the week a much
> deeper and more intense arc, as tough as it could be on the folks with
> large roles.  The two reunions with scenes had wonderful moments but felt
> more scattered to me emotionally.  The singing of “Dream” at the end of
> Midsummer made Don Brode and I want to bawl when we looked at each other
> while waiting to step onstage because of all the blood sweat mud and tears
> that had gone into the two hours before it and the wonder of the stories we
> told as a group in that time.  I think the sense of challenge and
> achievement is greater too.
> Okay the ferry horn is blaring — I’ll holler at you when I set sail with a
> draft to share on the 19th.
> Love and admiration to you all,
> cs
> On Aug 8, 2017, at 7:36 PM, James Ayres <> wrote:
> Only a few of you will remember that famous line spoken by Alice Gordon in
> 1973 at the end of *The Tempest *for which she won the Boatswain Award
> for good news.  Major moment.  You had to be there.
> Well, the best news now is that the kids in Camp Shakespeare explored new
> worlds and met delightful inhabitants in Navarre (LLL), Sicilia and Bohemia
> (WT) and celebrated their discoveries for wonderful audiences.  We had
> another great summer.  Thanks to those of you who contributed to their
> success through gift and audience.  We are growing another generation of
> Shakespeareans, many of them sons and daughters of you guys.
> We are also approaching the 50th—count ‘em f i f t y— anniversary of
> Shakespeare at Winedale in 2020. So I’d like to hear some suggestions about
> how to celebrate THIS
> reunion.  A week in the country again? Two plays again? Or one?  Yes, it
> is early, but this one is big and may be my last, alas. So please give it
> some thought.  I guess that we would once again need a “reunion
> committee”?  What do you think?  I’m eager to get a’going.
> With a hay and a ho and a hey nonny,
> Doc
> Jim (Doc) Ayres
> Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas
> Founding Director, Shakespeare at Winedale and Camp Shakespeare
> Director of Mission, Camp Shakespeare
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