Programs with Adam Gopnik and with Theatre for a New Audience
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0512 Monday, 11 November 2013
From: John F Andrews <
Date: November 10, 2013 at 6:35:04 PM EST
Subject: Programs with Adam Gopnik and with Theatre for a New Audience
A Hearty Tribute to Theatre for a New Audience
Thursday, November 21
Program 6:00, Reception 7:15 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Free, but Reservations Requested
Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, and chaired for most of its distinguished history by Theodore C. Rogers, THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE has earned dozens of honors and provided a congenial setting for directors like Arin Arbus, Julie Taymor, and Darko Tresnjak, and for actors such as Kathleen Chalfant, Mark Rylance, and John Douglas Thompson. It was the first American company to perform one of the playwright’s classics in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and its rendering of The Merchant of Venice, with F. Murray Abraham as Shylock, was featured in the RSC’s recent Complete Works Festival. Julie Taymor staged versions of Titus Andronicus and The Tempest at Theatre for a New Audience before she directed those works on film, so it’s altogether fitting that her long-anticipated production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now inaugurating the Theatre’s sparkling new POLONSKY SHAKESPEARE CENTER in Brooklyn. Please join us for a celebratory toast to Jeffrey Horowitz and Ted Rogers.
A Memorable Evening with Adam Gopnik
Friday, November 22
Reception 6:00, Program 6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, Manhattan
Members $10, Others $20
Best known, perhaps, for Paris to the Moon, a touching account of the years he and his family spent in the City of Light, Adam Gopnik has also enriched our lives with Americans in Paris, an anthology of New World responses to the French capital, and The Table Comes First: France, Family, and the Meaning of Food, a volume that has been lauded in the Dining section of the New York Times and is now being adapted for the theater.
Another of Mr. Gopnik’s recent publications, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life, derives from a New Yorker article about the conflicting accounts of Edwin M. Stanton’s famous eulogy as America’s 16th President expired from a wound that had been inflicted a few hours earlier in Ford’s Theatre. According to a stenographer who took notes on that somber occasion, Stanton said “Now he belongs to the angels.” But near the end of the century, in their official biography of Lincoln, John Hay and John Nicolay, his personal secretaries, reported that Stanton said “Now he belongs to the ages.” Both versions echo familiar passages from the President’s favorite writer, and both accord with Shakespearean patterns that many have noted in their comments about Lincoln’s life and untimely death.
For this gathering, Mr. Gopnik will join the Guild’s John Andrews, who has published articles about the Lincoln assassination in The Atlantic and the New York Times, for a conversation prompted by the 50th anniversary of another tragedy that took place on a Friday, this time during a sunny autumn afternoon in 1963. The audience will be encouraged to join in reflections about relationships between the two events, and about ways in which both of them illustrate the enduring resonance of titles such as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
Welcoming a New Biography of Edwin Booth
Thursday, December 19
Program 6:30, Reception 7:45 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Free, but Reservations Requested
A prominent university administrator as well as a scholar who has written the definitive biography of 19th-century actor Joseph Jefferson, an eminent friend and colleague of Edwin Booth, Arthur W. Bloom has now completed what reviewers describe as our most authoritative study of Booth himself. During a discussion that will address a wide range of topics, among them how various members of America’s foremost theatrical family responded to the Civil War and its dramatic conclusion, and how the most distinguished of them then proceeded to put an enduring mark on roles like Brutus and Hamlet and earn renown as “The Prince of Players.” In 1988 Booth purchased a home on Gramercy Park and founded The Players, an institution he modeled after the Garrick Club in London, and it was there that he died in 1893. Copies of Edwin Booth: A Biography and Performance History will be on hand for purchase and inscription.
For more information about these and related offerings, visit www.shakesguild.org. To secure reservations and make credit-card payments, simply reply with a message to
or call 505-988-9560.
If you belong to the English-Speaking Union or the Shakespeare Guild, you qualify to receive a member discount for the November 22 program with Adam Gopnik. Should you wish to reserve through the ESU, you may do so with a message to
or with a call to 212-818-1200. If space remains available on the day of that event, you may pay at the door.
An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0505 Wednesday, 6 November 2013
From: Louise Machin <
Date: November 5, 2013 at 12:25:07 PM EST
Subject: An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD
FOR RELEASE ON DVD DECEMBER 8, 2013
Illuminations presents an exclusive 5-disc DVD of
An Age of Kings
Eight History plays by William Shakespeare
Groundbreaking adaptation of Shakespeare’s Histories available for the first time in 50 years
960 minutes including extras
£34.99 including VAT
An Age of Kings is the BBC’s compelling 15-part series from 1960 of William Shakespeare’s great national pageant of eight History plays. Watched by over three million viewers, it is the most ambitious Shakespeare project ever filmed for television.
Hailed by the Guardian as ‘ambitious ... exciting ... a striking example of the creative use of television’, it was a powerful demonstration of the BBC’s unique strengths and abilities in a time when Britain’s public service broadcaster was not principally in the hunt for ratings.
Planned as the inaugural production in the newly-built BBC TV Centre, An Age of Kings was later broadcast live on Thursday evenings every fortnight from Riverside Studios in Hammersmith as the series wasn’t ready in time for the opening.
For more than 50 years, this TV landmark has been entirely unavailable in Britain. Yet its drama of power politics, betrayals, deceptions and deadly rivalries is as alive as ever. So too is the beauty of some of Shakespeare’s greatest poetry and prose.
An Age of Kings features outstanding actors, including Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, and Sean Connery, at the beginning of their highly successful careers. More than five decades after it was first seen, An Age of Kings is a vivid and vibrant drama, with an unparalleled clarity and immediacy, sense of scale and poetic depth.
With 600 speaking parts and 30 weeks of rehearsal before filming, each episode cost £4000. The series was shot on only four cameras with a cyclorama used for the battle scenes and lots of smoke.
DVD extras: The Making of An Age of Kings features Tony Garnett (Cathy Come Home, Days of Hope) interviewed at Riverside Studios. Garnett recalls his experiences on this groundbreaking series and the challenges of making one of the most ambitious Shakespeare projects ever filmed.
Also included in the 5 disc DVD pack is a 24-page booklet giving background information and critical writing about the production.
Catalogue number: AOK166
An Age of Kings taster reel (20 mins)
The Making of An Age of Kings (14 mins, 15 secs)
YouTube and DVD trailer with DVD advert (3 mins)
An Age of Kings press pack download (includes 2d and 3d pack shots, 12 stills and poster)
Illuminations is a leading producer and publisher of cultural media with a distinguished history of making programmes about the arts, digital culture, and ideas. Recent productions include Rupert Goold’s Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, and RSC director Greg Doran’s Julius Caesar. More performance DVDs can be found online at www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk
More information and review copies, contact Louise Machin on 020 7288 8409/07958 225186 or
Essential media about the arts
A: 19-20 Rheidol Mews, London N1 8NU
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2014 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: “Tudor Books and Readers”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0502 Monday, 4 November 2013
From: Mark Rankin <
Date: November 3, 2013 at 3:33:09 PM EST
Subject: 2014 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: “Tudor Books and Readers”
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.
This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.
Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.
Full details and application information are available at https://sites.jmu.edu/NEHtudorbooks2014. For further information, please contact Mark Rankin (
). Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.
TONIGHT: Harry Lennix Screens Shakespeare Film in Memphis
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0501 Saturday, 2 November 2013
From: Newstok Scott <
Date: November 2, 2013 at 7:44:00 AM EDT
Subject: TONIGHT: Harry Lennix Screens Shakespeare Film in Memphis
Hollywood actor Harry Lennix and scholar/screenwriter Dr. Ayanna Thompson screen their new adaptation of the “Henry IV” plays at the Indie Memphis Film Festival this Saturday night (9pm, November 2, Playhouse on the Square):
“H4” transports Shakespeare to contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the African American community. Performed in Shakespeare’s original language, “H4” will appeal to Shakespearean aficionados and newcomers alike:
Lennix and Thompson will converse with the audience following the screening. Mr. Lennix will also discuss his role as King Henry IV on WKNO’s “Checking on the Arts” on Friday, November 1 at 9am. The “Memphis Flyer” review of “H4” is pasted below.
Advance tickets ($15) can be purchased online:
Please share this announcement with anyone who might enjoy seeing this film.
Shakespeare at Rhodes
The film H4, premiering this Saturday at Indie Memphis, moves a pair of Shakespeare’s more accessible history plays — Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 — into the 21st century and measures their relevance against a contemporary African-American experience. That’s a tall order, and it may not even be the most interesting thing about this Kickstarter-funded experiment starring Harry Lennix as the titular H. The script, adapted to the screen by scholar/screenwriter Ayanna Thompson, preserves Shakespeare’s language but deviates far enough from the letter to challenge purists. Director Paul Quinn’s brave embrace of theatrical device and nonrealism should be an inspiration, and possibly even a model, for filmmakers looking to tell huge stories with miniscule budgets.
Although they delve into politics and warfare, the Henry IV plays have all the elements of a classic coming-of-age story. Henry Bolingbroke, played by Lennix in an eye patch, has never made peace with the fact that he took the crown by force, killing his predecessor, Richard II. To atone for his sins, he’d lead a crusade in the Holy Land, but as king he’s too caught up in the business of staying king, as border skirmishes break out and old friends become bitter rivals. Worse, instead of preparing to become king someday, his son and heir is too busy whoring and carousing with thieves and lowlifes. The artists collaborating on H4 have moved the play’s action to Los Angeles and transformed the “Prince of Wales” into the “Prince of Watts.”
Shakespeare’s mostly preserved language is frequently tweaked, with the odd modern reference. Falstaff calls for a cup of “malt liquor” and a capon. Another scene is set with the line: “This is Inglewood, not Guantanamo Bay — there are no hooded men.”
Translating Shakespeare to the big screen is more challenging that it might seem because so much of the rich descriptive language becomes redundant and cumbersome in a photographic medium. This is why relatively modest attempts like Joss Whedon’s recent take on Much Ado About Nothing, which was shot primarily at the director’s home, can have so much more life than Kenneth Branagh’s lavishly appointed and famously uncut Hamlet. H4 shifts between scenes filmed in the graffiti-covered streets of L.A. and scenes shot on an essentially bare stage and in the dressing room of a theater, a convention that allows modern rivals toting switchblades and baseball bats to fight it out with swords and medieval bludgeons in slyly self-conscious displays of stage combat.
Because it was originally performed on a bare stage, Shakespeare’s words set the scene, and Quinn, Lennix, and company have capitalized on this, making it work in a way that may remind some film fans of the narration in Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi experiment, Alphaville.
Much ado has been made of Lennix’s dedication to H4, a film that the Shakespeare aficionado has described as a labor of love, but he’s one player in a strong ensemble that includes Keith David, Heavy D, Amad Jackson, and Geno Monteiro making a star turn as Hotspur, the rebel knight.
Saturday, November 2nd, 9 p.m.
Playhouse on the Square
AFTLS' “Othello” at the Cockpit - 25th November
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0500 Saturday, 2 November 2013
From: Actors From The London Stage <
Date: November 1, 2013 at 7:36:07 PM EDT
Subject: AFTLS' “Othello” at the Cockpit - 25th November
Actors From The London Stage
Actors From The London Stage will present the triumphant homecoming of our Fall 2013 touring production of Othello at London’s Cockpit for two shows only! This eleven-week US tour has been receiving rave reviews from audiences at the University of Notre Dame, University of Texas - San Antonio, Wellesley College, United States Naval Academy, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Franklin College, and DePauw University. The final two stops for the tour are the University of Texas - Austin (4th -10th November) and Berea College (11th -17th November).
Shakespeare and American Integration
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0498 Thursday, 31 October 2013
From: Sharon O’Dair <
Date: October 30, 2013 at 3:22:43 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and American Integration
Shakespeare and American Integration: A Symposium
A part of “Through the Doors,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration of the University of Alabama
FRIDAY Nov 15, 2013
Birmingham Room, Bryant Conference Center, UA campus:
1:30—2:45 pm: Jason Demeter (George Washington University): “’The soul of a great white poet’: Shakespearean Educations in the Civil Rights Era”
3:00—4:15 pm: Stephen Buhler (University of Nebraska): “The Duke Speaks Out: Integration and Appropriation in Such Sweet Thunder and My People”
Concert Hall at the Moody Music Building, UA School of Music, UA campus:
7:30 pm: Delfeayo Marsalis Octet: Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak
SATURDAY Nov 16, 2013
Birmingham Room, Bryant Conference Center, UA campus:
9:00—10:15 am: Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced): “’To Thine Own Self’: James Baldwin on Shakespeare and the Integration of the English Language”
10:30—11:45 am: Delfeayo Marsalis (New Orleans, LA): “Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare, and the Blues”
1:00—2:15 pm: Keith Miller and Erin McCarthy (Arizona State University): “Othello’s Blackness after Malcolm X”
2:30—3:45 pm: Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University): “Joseph Papp’s Color Blinding”
4:00—5:15 pm: Joyce MacDonald (University of Kentucky): “’You’re all I need to get by’: Rehabilitating Romance in a Black Taming of the Shrew.”
Reception: 5:30—7:00 (Location to be discovered!)
Sponsored by: The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies; The College of Arts and Sciences; The School of Music; the Department of American Studies; and New College.
All lectures and the performance are free and open to the public.
November 6: Ayanna Thompson
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0497 Wednesday, 30 October 2013
From: Scott A. Trudell <
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM
Subject: November 6: Ayanna Thompson
The Marshall Grossman Lecture Series at the University of Maryland, College Park presents:
Ayanna Thompson, George Washington University
“Othello in the 21st Century: To Perform or Not To Perform?”
November 6, 4:30pm
Tawes Hall 2115
Although as Dympna Callaghan has said, “Othello was a white man”—that is, the role was written to be performed by the white renaissance actor Richard Burbage in black make-up—the part has come to represent the pinnacle for the classically trained black actor (e.g., Ira Aldridge, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, and more recently Chiwetel Ejiofor). Yet starting in the late 20th century, many black actors began refusing to play Othello. This talk analyzes the debates about Othello’s role in the 21st century; it addresses the complex and dynamic relationships between Shakespeare, race, and performance.
Scott A. Trudell
Department of English
3243 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0494 Thursday, 25 October 2013
From: Gabriel Egan <
Date: October 24, 2013 11:10:38 AM EDT
Subject: PhD Funding Opportunity
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students:
The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities.
The DTP, a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.
The Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University <http://cts.dmu.ac.uk> is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:
* textual criticism
* book history
* manuscript studies
* the editing of literary and/or historical texts
* genetic criticism
* the sociology of authorship and/or publication and/or reading
* enumerative, analytical (descriptive/physical and/or historical) and/or textual bibliography
* computational stylistics
* print technologies
* digital publication
The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP. For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit <http://www.midlands3cities.ac.uk> or email <
Prof Gabriel Egan <
Director, Centre for Textual Studies
De Montfort University
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0493 Thursday, 25 October 2013
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Subject: Saint Crispin’s Day
Hello, from the Blackfriars Conference to all SHAKSPEReans.
It has been a delight to meet old friends and to put faces to SHAKSPEReans who I am meeting in person for the first time.
As Ann Thompson reminded us this morning, today is Saint Crispin’s Day, the feast day of the Christian saints Crispin and Crispinian, twins who were martyred c. 286 CE. I wish the best on this feast day to all present at the Blackfriars Conference and to Shakespearean everywhere.
One of the joys of the Blackfriars Conference is that tickets to the five shows in the fall season of the American Shakespeare Company are included in the price of admission; a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Now that I have “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” stuck in my head, I would like to come to the purpose of this note.
Seeing five plays in five days is certainly not the norm, but I would like to remind subscribers that if you are inclined to review any of the Shakespeare productions you have seen, they will not only appear on SHAKSPER but also they will be shared with The Internet Shakespeare Editions Performance Chronicle: http://isechronicle.uvic.ca.
I wish everyone the joy of hearing and seeing, the joy of performance,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0491 Wednesday, 23 October 2013
From: Sujata Iyengar <
Date: October 23, 2013 9:20:47 AM EDT
Subject: B&L 8.1 is out!
The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation rejoice at the release of B&L 8.1, which includes: a special cluster on nineteenth-century women actors, artists, and authors, with ground-breaking images of Sarah Bernhardt’s sculptures by Alan Young; discussions of Fanny Kemble, Ellen Tree, and Joanna Baillie, by Anne Russell and Judith Slagle; an article on proto-feminist Shakespearean editors in 19thc. America, by Tricia Lootens; multi-media-rich essays by Peter Erickson and Amy Scott-Douglass on Toni Morrison’s Desdemona and the Met Opera’s The Enchanted Island, respectively; and Sarah Olive’s argument for the term “incidental appropriation” to address glimpses of Shakespeare in British popular reality television shows (of which you can even watch glimpses in streaming video clips). Visit us at www.borrowers.uga.edu, share this message, and “like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already!
Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English
Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Department of English
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6205
706 542 1261 (messages only)