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FORKNI-L Digest - 14 Mar 2004 to 15 Mar 2004 (#2004-75)

March 15, 2004

There are 8 messages totalling 324 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. GWD lear interview (3)
  2. Lear photos (2)
  3. Nick and Janette Fanlisting - Reopened
  4. Admin: Fw: Our profound gratitude for your notes on Marci
  5. Marci Will Be Missed


Date:    Sun, 14 Mar 2004 14:41:45 -0800
From:    Amanda Berendt <debrabant_foundation@y.......>
Subject: GWD lear interview

From http://www.playbill.com interview by Michael Buckley.
It was pretty short so I copied the whole thing.
Some of the things they talk about are quite interesting.

This is my lucky month for enjoyable interviews. Geraint (GAR-int)
Wyn Davies is a most likeable chap and a first-rate talent. In his
New York Times review of the current King Lear, Ben Brantley noted,
"Mr. Wyn Davies plays Edmund, a spiritual cousin to Iago, as an
almost comic Restoration-style villain."

Indeed, states the Welsh-born actor, this is a sort of different
Lear, "because of Jonathan [Miller, who directed] and Christopher
[Plummer, who portrays the monarch]. They've gone for a domestic
drama between a man and his three daughters, as opposed to a grand,
kingly thing. [Miller] wanted to reduce it. He often says, 'Life is
made up of trivial moments.' This [production] is really pared down.
Some people absolutely love that, some people don't absolutely love

What Wyn Davies loves is to be making his New York stage debut.
"You've heard about [working in New York]. Everything is sort of
daunting. Then you're part of it. It still is daunting, but not as
much. Backstage, it's the same world as anywhere, but outside. . . .
I'd love to do more here."

His dressing room "is the watering hole after the show," he explains.
"Christopher will regale us with stories of Orson Welles, Richard
Burton and others. [Plummer] asked me to do this. I think he's
brilliant  one of the most virile, vibrant Lears ever!"

I quote John Gielgud's line that the secret to playing Lear is to
hire a thin Cordelia. Wyn Davies laughs. "So you can carry her at the
end of the play. It would be interesting to know how many Lears carry
their Cordelias on. I know one production where Lear carried a dummy
in a bag, with some hair sticking out."

Was there an aspect of Edmund that was difficult to capture? Replies
the actor, "It was difficult to try to balance Edmund as a very
intelligent villain in a Lear where the director was showing a lot of
humor. I always thought [Edmund] was sort of a Dickensian guy, the
bastard outside the window who would do anything to get inside. It's
an interesting journey. Sometimes, it feels like Benny Hill as Jack
Nicholson playing the 'talk-show host Edmund'; other nights, it has a
truth  and that's what you're trying to go for."

The actor is a veteran of seven TV series, most of which were shown
in Canada. He names them in order: "The Judge," "To Serve and
Protect," the last 26 episodes of "Airwolf," "Dracula" (which he shot
in Luxembourg), "Forever Knight," "Black Harbour" and "Tracker."

Claims Wyn Davies, "You do them, enjoy them  to different degrees.
You try to balance it all. Your kids [he has a son, Galen, and a
daughter, Pyper] get used to things. [Doing series TV] is almost like
being addicted, but you have to get back to the stage. Otherwise, it
gets pretty false. It's all about smoke and mirrors, but [the stage
provides] better smoke, better mirrors."

Born in Swansea, South Wales, the actor explains that Wyn was
originally part of his first name, but separate. It's the ending of
his father's first name, but part of the name. "With us [he and his
older brother], it was like a Van, but I made it part of my last
name, Wyn Davies."

His brother's a bush pilot; they're the sons of a preacher and a
teacher. "Ironically, we discovered that my dad had considered two
other professions: actor and pilot."

It was while sitting with an organist in his father's church that
seven-year-old Geraint decided to be an actor. Does he find it
simpler to work with directors than with God? He laughs. "I've worked
with a lot of directors who would like incense [to be present] while
they speak.

"I ran the theatre in the boarding school [that he attended in
Toronto]. I played all girls' parts when I was growing up. I
convinced the school to bring in the opposite sex. I went to
university to study economics, but left after three months to join
the theatre. Since then, I've been going wherever anyone would give
me a job."

Those jobs have included five seasons with Canada's Shaw Festival and
four seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival; working as an
actor and director with the Welsh national performing arts company,
Theatr Clwyd; and amassing several TV and film credits. "The most fun
I've ever had," declares Wyn Davies, "was doing Henry Higgins in My
Fair Lady [at the Stratford Festival]. It was also the easiest thing
I've ever done. I love musicals."

Other highlights include "playing Stockmann in An Enemy of the
People, the title role in Hamlet, Nol Coward's The Vortex, and my
one-man Dylan Thomas show." Among his stage credits: Gross Indecency,
The Boys from Syracuse, Misalliance, Sleuth, Cyrano de Bergerac and
Cloud Nine.

Wyn Davies has spent the last nine years in Santa Barbara, where he
lives with wife Alana Guinn (an artist), Galen (who attends Berkeley;
"He's going to rule the world") and Pyper (a high-school junior "who
wants to be an illustrator"). A few years ago, Wyn Davies took his
family to live in Paris for a year. "It was maybe the best  and
stupidest  thing I could have done. [But they'll always have Paris.]
We have a three-week family rule. Everyone has to see each other
within that time."

While in New York, he's seen a number of shows. "I really enjoyed
Retreat from Moscow, Gypsy and I Am My Own Wife. I will see Avenue Q
and Mister Jackman [The Boy from Oz]. We do five shows a week [of
King Lear], but with Christopher doing it, they're five darn good
ones, and every other week we have five nights off." Up next, Geraint
Wyn Davies is "doing Dylan Thomas [Do Not Go Gentle] again, and
directing a short film. But," he adds with a laugh, "there's lots of
space for people to come and ask me to do things."

"Give me your soul and your heart will take flight
Forevermore in the night, Forever MINE in the night"


Date:    Sun, 14 Mar 2004 15:42:04 -0800
From:    Megan Hull <mistrydder@y.......>
Subject: Re: GWD lear interview

OOOOH!!!  When?  Does anyone know?  I may actually have time/money to go this


Amanda Berendt <debrabant_foundation@y.......> wrote:
Up next, Geraint Wyn Davies is "doing Dylan Thomas [Do Not Go Gentle] again,

"Eternal nights too short,
How quickly melt away,
With all the love we shared once,
Forever in a Day."
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Date:    Sun, 14 Mar 2004 20:31:03 -0800
From:    KC Monroe <kaysea1228@y.......>
Subject: Re: GWD lear interview

--- Megan Hull <mistrydder@y.......> wrote:
> OOOOH!!!  When?  Does anyone know?  I may actually
> have time/money to go this time!

In Stratford, Ontario this October but at the City
Hall Auditorium Theatre not the Festival. Nigel
Bennett will be appearing in a play with Leon Pownall
during the same period at the same theatre. The
information has been on the fanclub's website for
about a week. Scroll down below the Lear pictures and
links to where the pictures of Dylan Thomas are.



Date:    Sat, 13 Mar 2004 18:55:56 -0600
From:    Theresa <tlr28@i.......>
Subject: Re: Lear photos

If that doesn't work, which browser are you using?
I found this site when I googled http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283807
I put in "red x" "image"
It might be something in your firewall too.
I've had this happen before, but I can't remember how to fix it.  I use
Opera and Zone Alarm.
(lurker slides back into the darkness)


At 05:19 PM 3/13/04, you wrote:
>At 05:00 PM 3/13/04 -0500, Jeannie Ecklund <Gersknightlady@a.......> wrote:
> >> http://www.darksideoftheglass.com/lear.htm
> >Whhaaa!!!! every time I open ths all I get is text and boxes with little red
> >x's in the corner.
>It might be that your browser isn't handling the code of the page.
>Try accessing the pictures individually:

Gentlemen, I believe we have much to discuss.
(Robert Lansing as Control, the Equalizer, "Trial By Ordeal" )


Date:    Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:09:00 EST
From:    Gaelin Wade <GaelinWade@a.......>
Subject: Re: Lear photos

I checked the source code. The page appears to have been created using MS
Office. I assume using Word. The HTML code created is not the best and does have
some browser compatibility issues.

I saw the pics fine using NS 7.1.

Gaelin's Reading Room Returning in 2004.

In a message dated 3/15/2004 12:01:39 AM Central Standard Time, tlr28@i.......
> If that doesn't work, which browser are you using?
> I found this site when I googled http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283807


Date:    Mon, 15 Mar 2004 00:38:44 -0600
From:    Kristin <kris1228@e.......>
Subject: Nick and Janette Fanlisting - Reopened

Hi everyone,

I made a new site for the Nick and Janette fanlisting. I now run this
fanlisting due to the last owner losing all of their material including the
members list. If you're a fan of Nick and Janette please join. You can view
the new site by clicking here:


Have a good Knight,
"When you only have eyes for the Knight..."


Date:    Mon, 15 Mar 2004 08:32:32 -0500
From:    Lisa McDavid <mclisa@m.......>
Subject: Admin: Fw: Our profound gratitude for your notes on Marci

Forwarded to both lists so we can all read this.

McLisa, glad to forward but wishing Marci was still with us, so it wouldn't be

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: CLone Star Software <cstar@a.......>
Sent: Mar 14, 2004 3:47 PM
To: mclisa@m.......
Subject: Our profound gratitude for your notes on Marci

Dear McLisa:  I am Marci's husband, Don.  I have been reading the many
notes sent by list members and I wanted to let everyone know that her
family is ever so thankful for them.  Although her mom never read any of
Marci's fanfic works, she has been overwhelmed by the responses sent to the
list(s) and they have provided her with a great measure of comfort.  The FK
world was Marci's favorite hobby and she enjoyed her list member friends so
very much; it always brought her great pleasure and satisfaction.  She held
her FK friends in such high regard and was always eager to be with them
whenever possible.  I know that I could never  command the words that would
even begin to express our profound appreciation for the thoughts conveyed
by list members.  You engaged her and made her happy.  It won't be possible
to remember her without remembering all of you and the good feelings and
times that you helped to bring her way.  I hope that you will consider
posting this message to your list.  Marci did all of the posting, so I'm
not familiar with the exact procedure to be followed.  We could never thank
you enough.

Sincerely yours,

Don Cheeseman


Date:    Mon, 15 Mar 2004 10:42:45 -0500
From:    Deborah Hymon <debh@e.......>
Subject: Marci Will Be Missed

Im very sorry to hear about Marci.

I never met or spoke with Marci, but enjoyed reading her Forever Knight fan
fiction. She was a very talented lady, and one of my favorite authors who I
repeatedly read. Her spirit will live on through many avenues, including her
writing.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Deborah A. Hymon
--aka  Forever Knights Lady



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