The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0367 Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Date: September 4, 2012 8:55:44 PM EDT
Subject: Speaking of Shakespeare: Irene Dash and James Shapiro
Speaking of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Guild launches its 2012-13 season at the National Arts Club in Manhattan with two programs that celebrate the classical tradition in the performing arts. On Monday, September 17, we’ll enjoy a delightful conversation with critic, biographer, playwright, and novelist John Lahr. And on Monday, October 22, we’ll enjoy a survey of Shakespeare’s role in the American musical with Hunter College’s Irene Dash.
Looking ahead, we’re pleased to announce that on Monday, December 17, Columbia University’s James Shapiro will treat us to a preview of The King and the Playwright, his 3-part BBC documentary about Jacobean Shakespeare, which has been short-listed for a major television award in the United Kingdom. Professor Shapiro is the author of Shakespeare and the Jews, and he recently won the Theatre Library Association’s coveted George Freedley Memorial Award for Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Shakespeare and the American Musical
Monday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m.
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
No Charge, but Reservations Advised
Have you ever wondered how a poet whose 450th birthday is less than two years away continues to supply material for films, TV screenplays, Broadway hits, and other forms of popular entertainment? If so, you’ll want to join us for a chat with Hunter College’s Irene Dash, who’ll talk about Shakespeare and the American Musical, copies of which will be on hand for purchase and inscription. Russell Jackson, a consultant for several of Kenneth Branagh’s cinemas, has praised Professor Dash’s new book for its “lively and expert understanding of the theatrical medium” and its “thorough and scholarly” grounding in plays that have inspired classics like Kiss Me, Kate and West Side Story. A pioneer in early-modern gender studies, Irene Dash is widely admired for such influential volumes as Wooing, Wedding, and Power: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays (1981) and Women’s Worlds in Shakespeare’s Plays (1997).
The Guild is honored to be joining the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry as co-sponsor of a four-part series of SantaFe ShakesScenes, concert presentations that will combine drama and music to explore enduring themes in Shakespeare’s most popular plays for audiences in the Land of Enchantment. These Sunday matinees, to take place at The Forum on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, will occur at 4:00 p.m. on September 9, 16, 23, and 30. They’ll be directed by Robert Benedetti, an artist whose work on stage and screen has garnered numerous awards, among them an Emmy and a Peabody, and they’ll feature such talented performers as Nicholas Ballas, Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, Kristie Karsen, Suzanne Lederer, and Jonathan Richards. To obtain more detail about these 75-minute programs – A Fool to Make Me Merry, The Very Ecstasy of Love, Not Wisely But Too Well, and The Depths and Shoals of Honor – see www.ticketssantafe.org.
For information about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, and for additional background about these and other offerings, including the Guild’s plans for future presentations of the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, both in New York and in London, contact
John F. Andrews
The Shakespeare Guild
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Phone 505 988 9560