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Regarding Hannah Ryan's letter in the June 10 edition of...

July 01, 1990

Regarding Hannah Ryan's letter in the June 10 edition of Viewers' Views "correcting" Joan Rivers' desire to play Lady Macbeth in Williamsburg, Va., I would like to correct Ryan's assumption that there is nothing in Williamsburg but the restored colonial village.

Williamsburg is also home to the College of William and Mary, whose seasons often include Shakespearean works (such distinguished alumna as Linda Lavin and Glenn Close appeared as Shakespearean leading ladies--Juliet and Cleopatra, respectively--during their years at W&M).

The department regularly hosts artists-in-residence who appear in W&M Theatre productions. The city also is home to the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, which takes up residence in Phi Beta Kappa Hall during the summer recess. Certainly either forum could present an opportunity for Rivers to play Lady Macbeth.

I acknowledge Ryan's pride in Williamstown, which has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. As a graduate of William and Mary and a former participant in the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, I hope she will acknowledge there are many of us who have reason to be, and are, proud of Williamsburg.

Sheryl Parrott, Los Angeles

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