CFP Ohio State, Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.431  Monday, 28 September 2015


From:        Hannibal Hamlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 25, 2015 at 12:15:03 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP Ohio State, Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016


Colleagues in the Ohio area might be especially interested in the following CFP:


Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616/2016


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The submission deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is October 15, 2015. Submissions after that date will be happily received, but cannot be guaranteed full consideration. Abstracts may be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On February 19-20, 2016, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host its third annual celebration of popular culture and the deep past at the Ohio State University, with ‘Shakespeare’s Day: Popular Culture 1616 / 2016,’ an exploration of popular identities past and present with special attention to the world of Shakespeare's time.  As in past years, this event will feature a scholarly conference (featuring papers, round tables, and other academic events) nested inside of a Renaissance-faire-like carnival (featuring exhibits, gaming, contests, and activities of all kinds).


We invite proposals for papers, sessions, workshops, readings, re-enactments, and other presentations or activities, academic or non-academic.  Individual proposals do not have to address both 17th- and 21st-century issues, but we shall seek some balance of the two in the overall planning.  Proposals directly involving Shakespeare and his English environment are encouraged, but we also invite presentations on the broader world of his time and ours, ranging from Cervantes to commedia dell'arte, colonial life, and beyond.  Proposals should evoke or thematize the 'popular' in some way, with regard to literature and the arts, sports and gaming, food and drink, artisans and consumers, material, intellectual, and religious culture, or other dimensions of everyday life.  Please consult our website for further details (


Hannibal Hamlin

Professor of English

The Ohio State University




1616 Symposium (Rhodes College, April 21-22, 2016)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.427  Thursday, 24 September 2015


From:        Newstok Scott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 23, 2015 at 2:59:43 PM EDT

Subject:    1616 Symposium (Rhodes College, April 21-22, 2016)


Rhodes College, through the bequest of Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, observes the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death with three separate events, considering Shakespeare from the stage, from the screen, and from the intellectual history of the liberal arts.



• From September 28–October 23, acclaimed British actor and director Nick Hutchison will be in residence, visiting dozens of classes as well as working closely with students in rehearsal. His visit will culminate in a free public Symposium on Shakespearean Comedy (Friday, October 23, 2-5pm, McCoy Studio), co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Theatre:


In addition to Hutchison’s presentation of student scenes, Dr. Fiona Ritchie (McGill) will discuss “Gender, Shakespeare, and Emotion on the Eighteenth-Century Stage.” Her visit is co-sponsored by our Gender & Sexuality Studies program.



• On November 8, 2015 (1:00pm, Studio on the Square), the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment partners with the Indie Memphis Film Festival for a screening of Orson Welles’ classic “Chimes at Midnight” (a.k.a. “Falstaff”), celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 1965 release, as well as the 100th anniversary of Welles’ 1915 birth. The screening will be preceded by arias from Falstaff operas, and followed by a discussion with Welles scholars. Film Studies and CODA are co-sponsoring this event.



• On April 21–22, 2016 (Blount Auditorium), we will conclude the academic year with another free public symposium:


The 1616 Symposium will involve a keynote address (Thomas Christensen, author of 1616: The World in Motion), the regional premiere of a show based on the last days of Shakespeare′s life (by UK artist Gareth Somers), and lectures by scholars ranging across the liberal arts: 


Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) on print culture c. 1616

Owen Gingerich (Harvard) on Galileo

Roland Greene (Stanford) on Cervantes

Heather Miyano Kopelson (Alabama) on the origins of slavery in the Bermudas

Michael Legaspi (Penn State) on the genesis of biblical hermeneutics

Gideon Manning (USC) on early modern medicine

William Newman (Indiana), on alchemy and chymistry

Catherine Swatek (UBC), on Tang Xianzu and Kun opera

Henry Turner (Rutgers) on the early modern corporation

Selected lectures will be published in The Hare, an online journal of Renaissance studies.
As part of the symposium, Barret Library will display 1616-related items from our special collections. At the University of Mississippi, a copy of Shakespeare′s First Folio will be on display from April 11–May 1, 2016.

The 1616 symposium is co-sponsored by Asian Studies, Barret Library, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Physics, Political Economy, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Theatre, as well as the Associated Colleges of the South, Communities in Conversation, and the Confucius Institute.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Yours sincerely,

Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Department of English

Rhodes College



Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearceattended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.




UG and PG Students Vox Pop

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.420  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Sarah Olive <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 22, 2015 at 12:36:15 PM EDT

Subject:    UG and PG Students Vox Pop


I’m trying to circulate, as widely as possible, this opportunity for UG and PG students to contribute to a vox pop on their experiences of studying Shakespeare for the British Shakespeare Association’s Teaching Shakespeare magazine (


Students don’t need to be in any particular discipline. However, they should have completed some school or university in a South East Asian country where English is not the main language of instruction. In return for completing the vox pop, students have the option to receive feedback from a native English speaker & university lecturer on the written English used in their answers.


I would be extremely grateful if you could pass this on through Shaksper, and if readers could pass it, in turn, to their students. Non-student Shaksper readers - who have completed some school or university in a South East Asian country where English is not the main language of instruction - are also very welcome to complete the vox pop, to broaden the feature's focus.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or for further information.


Many thanks and best wishes,

Sarah Olive,

Editor, Teaching Shakespeare 

Lecturer in English in Education

University of York




Student Questionnaire:  pdf SE Asia vox pop (528 KB)





Elsinore Conference 2016 - Shakespeare ­ The Next 400 Years


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.419  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 17, 2015 at 1:23:00 PM EDT

Subject:    Elsinore Conference 2016 - Shakespeare ­ The Next 400 Years


Elsinore Conference 2016

Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years

22-24 April, 2016

Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark


During his lifetime William Shakespeare was already being hailed as the greatest writer of his day, and the intervening 400 years have only increased his reputation. No other literary figure has affected world culture so profoundly, or has had such a widespread influence on other thinkers and artists. William Shakespeare is the most universally recognised, culturally iconic figure in the world. But why?


For three days in April 2016, on the 400th anniversary of his death, actors and academics, scholars and writers, historians, comic artists, game designers and film makers will be coming together from all over the world, meeting at Elsinore – ‘Hamlet’s castle’ – to discuss and debate the legacy, and the future, of Shakespeare’s work.


This conference/festival will explore two great questions: why, after 400 years, do we continue to read, study, perform, and enjoy the work of this playwright and poet, and how, in the next 400 years, will we continue to do so? Will we present Shakespeare in new ways? Will we use new technologies? New media? Will Shakespeare become a basis for further new works which use him as a launch pad, or even as raw material, or will we go back to the simplicity of his words themselves?


This historic conference truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, offering a chance to be part of a worldwide commemoration of the death of the writer who, ironically, more than any other, deserves the title of immortal. Participants and contributors from every corner of the globe have already signed up.



Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Professor Richard Burt (USA)

Professor Burt is Professor of Loser Theory at the University of Florida. He is the author of countless articles and book chapters, and the author of Unspeakable ShaxXxpeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture, Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media and Licensed By Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship, the co-author (with Julian Yates) of What's the Worst Thing You can Do To Shakespeare, and the editor or co-editor of Shakespeares After Shakespeare, Shakespeare After Mass Media, two volumes of Shakespeare the Movie and Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property and Culture in Early Modern England.


Professor Judith Buchanan (UK)

Professor Buchanan is an academic and film maker, and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She is the author of Shakespeare on Film and the definitive Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse as well as many articles and book chapters, and is the editor of The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship. She is the screenwriter of a film version of Macbeth shot in the North of England.


Professor Alexa Huang (Taiwan)

Professor Huang is the founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute at George Washington University, where she is Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures and International Affairs. Co-founder of MIT's Global Shakespeare’s performance archive, Professor Huang is a prolific author and editor, with Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange, Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, and Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance among others. She is co-general editor of the Shakespeare International Yearbook, performance editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and edits the Palgrave-Macmillan series on Global Shakespeares.


Professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (Iran)

An experienced director in both film and theatre, Professor Karimi-Hakak has directed productions both in Iran and America, where he is now Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in New York State. He has authored seven plays, two volumes of poetry and many translations into Persian or from Persian into English. He has battled censorship over his Shakespeare productions in Iran, and won awards for his performances in Iran, Europe and America. He is currently director of Festival Cinema Invisible.


Panel topics

Panels/seminars include:

  • Global Shakespeare
  • Shakespearean Rediscoveries
  • Shakespeare, Saxo and Elsinore
  • Shakespeare in Translation
  • Shakespeare and the Internet
  • Shakespeare in Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Shakespeare in Animation and Game Design
  • Shakespeare and Technology
  • Shakespeare Director’s Forum
  • Twenty Minute Shakespeares
  • Shakespeare in the World’s Classrooms

In addition there will be two seminars aimed specifically at postgraduate students:

  • Shakespeare and Gender
  • Shakespeare’s Villains



Invitation to Apply for Chair, Dept. of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.418  Tuesday, 22 September 2015


From:        Evelyn Gajowski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        September 18, 2015 at 1:53:32 AM EDT

Subject:    Invitation to Apply for Chair, Dept. of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Chair of English at the rank of Full Professor with tenure (literary studies, field open) beginning July 2016.  Candidates should have a distinguished record of publication, teaching, and service.  We strongly prefer candidates with significant administrative experience as chair or its equivalent.  The position is full-time, twelve-month, with a 1/1 teaching load, and the salary is competitive.


The Chair will provide dynamic leadership by promoting professional excellence, maintaining high standards of instruction, and supporting curricular innovation. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, fairness, and inclusiveness; will foster collaboration and open communication; and will provide a breadth of leadership and vision for the department. The English department hosts 25 full-time faculty, and grants the BA with concentrations in literature, professional writing, and creative writing; the MA and PhD in literature as well as the MFA in creative writing; and through its affiliation with the Black Mountain Institute, the PhD with a creative dissertation. 


Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, CV, and at least three letters of reference from colleagues who may be contacted by telephone.  Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin on November 16, 2015, and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to Prof. Timothy Erwin, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at  For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. UNLV is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups. To view a more complete description and to apply, see


All the best,

Evelyn Gajowski

Professor of English

University of Nevada, Las Vegas





A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.415  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 5:13:19 PM EDT

Subject:    A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron  


Below are details about a National Arts Club gathering that will focus on The Lambs, a Midtown theatrical society that has been at the heart of American show business for nearly a century and a half. 



A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron 


Monday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m.

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free


Did you know that New York has a theater club that’s even older than The Players? It’s true. Established in 1874, and named after Charles Lamb, a London critic who helped compile a popular Tales From Shakespeare anthology that remains in print today, The Lambs predated Edwin Booth’s final home by more than a decade and provided a setting for the founding of such powerful organizations as Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, the Actors Fund of America, and ASCAP. 


Early members of this prestigious society included such luminaries as Fred Astaire, John Barrymore, Irving Berlin, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, W. C. Fields, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa, and Fred Waring. To provide an overview on the club’s unique heritage, we’re delighted to welcome Marc Baron, an actor, singer, and director who serves on the New York board of SAG-AFTRA and is now “Shepherd” of The Lambs. He’ll discuss the highlights of an institution that has hosted such resonant events as an early preview of Hal Holbrook’s legendary Mark Twain Tonight


See for details, not only about this program but about gatherings with John Lahr (September 23 in Washington) and James Shapiro (November 30 in New York).


John F. Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

5B Calle San Martin

Santa Fe, NM 87506-7536

(505) 988-9560 (Office)

(505) 670-9815 (iPhone)  





Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.414  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        Tara Stubbs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 11:44:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October


I’ve organised a Day School at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education on ‘Shakespeare Now’. It is of interests to academics, teachers, practitioners and many others interested in Shakespeare and adaptation up to the present day.


Shakespeare Now


The wide success, and sheer volume, of performances and adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in recent years demonstrates their continued appeal. This is particularly important in light of the upcoming commemorations and celebrations to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death in 2016. How have Shakespeare's works continued to inspire us for four centuries? This Day School brings together critics and practitioners to discuss the challenges of adapting and interpreting ‘Shakespeare Now’.



Darren Ormandy’s talk The Hollow Crown considers key scenes in all four films termed together ‘The Hollow Crown.’ He will discuss not only their merits as performance and adaptation but also how these choices may be a reflection of our contemporary concerns. This will deepen students’ appreciation and enjoyment of ‘The Hollow Crown II’ when it is screened next year. 


Brian Cheedle’s talk Shakespeare and Adaptation questions and considers how far productions engage imaginatively with the central action and with significant issues crystalized by the original Shakespearean text, whether it stimulates us to rethink our response to the work. It will give some body to the notions of imaginative engagement, central action and significant issues by considering Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.


Shakespeare and Women


Trevor Nunn recently defended the condemnation of his all-white War of the Roses by citing “historical verisimilitude”. Will the same argument women taking on the most sought after roles in our theatre history an occasional gimmick? Or can actresses like Maxine Peake and Harriet Walter and creatives such as the Donmar Warehouse and the emerging Smooth Faced Gentlemen prove that cross-gender casting is as much a right as racial equality casting and can offer equally challenging and fresh insights to Shakespeare’s work? 


Speaker, Lizzie Hopley, spent most of last year as a Roaring Girl at the RSC. The season, featuring plays with a prominent central female role, was programmed in answer to criticism that not enough women were being featured in RSC productions of classic texts. Aside from these central roles, the men still far outnumbered the women in the Company. And none of the texts were by Shakespeare. As a one-off event, such seasons are great. But what happens when ‘women’s season’ is over? 


In the Q&A session, Darren Ormandy will chair a discussion to include the following topics: the continuing popularity of Shakespeare’s plays; their potential to seem ‘dated’ or otherwise; the most important or significant productions in recent years; which plays are due a revival; and the ethics of race and gender within performance. Questions and comments from the audience are warmly encouraged.


Programme details

Being held at Rewley House

1 Wellington Square







9.30am Registration 


10.00am Shakespeare and Adaptation



11.15am Coffee/tea 


11.45am The Hollow Crown



1.00pm Lunch 


2.00pm Shakespeare and Women



Dr. Tara Stubbs

University Lecturer in English Literature 

Director of Studies in English Literature and Creative Writing, OUDCE

Member of the Oxford English Faculty

& Fellow of Kellogg College Oxford





KING LEAR Cross-country

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.408  Monday, 14 September 2015


From:        Conrad Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 12, 2015 at 10:30:04 PM EDT

Subject:    KING LEAR Cross-country




The Independent Eye will be presenting its two-actor/28-puppet staging of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR on a cross-country tour from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.  Performances as follows:


        Denver CO - Germinal Stage - Sept. 26-27

        Norfolk VA - The Venue at 35th - Oct. 3-4

        Towson MD - Towson University - Oct. 6

        Philadelphia PA - Studio X - Oct. 9-10

        Brooklyn NY - Irondale Center - Oct. 12-13

        Bethlehem PA - Touchstone Theatre - Oct. 15-18

        Lancaster PA - Franklin & Marshall College - Oct. 19

        Bloomsburg PA - Box of Light - Oct. 21

        Portsmouth NH - Pontine Theatre - Oct. 23-25

        Milwaukee WI - U. Wisconsin/Milwaukee - Oct. 28

        West Liberty IA - Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre - Oct. 30


If you’re in the vicinity of any of these, email us and we’ll give times & ticket information. We’d love to meet you.


A five-minute video trailer may be seen at



Conrad Bishop

The Independent Eye, Ltd.



Two actors. Twenty puppets. Shakespeare’s fiery text. Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, the solo human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity. Like Dante’s damned souls, caught in a perpetual hell particular to each, Lear obsessively plays out his loss of power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and at last even hope. The Fool is his withered soul, an acid clown who torments Lear, stage-manages his story, and finally disappears into Lear’s madness.


Sprung from The Independent Eye’s series of landmark actor/puppet stagings - Macbeth, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Descent of Inanna - this King Lear features Conrad Bishop as Lear, Elizabeth Fuller as the Fool, with Fuller’s music score.



From Bay Area media-


Utterly convincing, often heartbreakingly so . . . dazzlingly inventive . . . a startlingly effective and haunting Lear - more so than most that have a full cast of living actors.

**Sam Hurwitt - KQED Arts


A work of passion and artistry . . . nothing short of genius.

**David Templeton - North Bay Bohemian


Two masters who have perfected their craft.

**Benjamin Wachs - SF Weekly


Quite frankly, I have never seen anything like it. Within the confines of a puppet stage, too cramped even to stand up, these two create a sweeping, theatrically satisfying version of King Lear that can hold its own with the work of any Shakespeare Festival in the United States. . . . I will never forget it. You won't either.

**Charles Kruger - TheatreStorm


There could not have been a better way to start our festival: Three performances of Lear, with standing ovations after every show; eager audiences staying for the talk backs, full of questions and commendations, not wanting to leave. It was an amazing, mesmerizing, totally magical, tour de force.

-Lynne Jennings, San Diego Puppetry Festival





REED Announcement: How to Track a Bear

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.407  Monday, 14 September 2015


From:        Sally-Beth Maclean <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 14, 2015 at 12:14:59 PM EDT

Subject:    REED Announcement


Dear colleagues and friends,


Records of Early English Drama is happy to announce the completion of the most recent phase of the ‘How to Track a Bear in Southwark’ website. A public exhibit of bibliographic records from REED’s Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) database, this online resource showcases the history and historiography of the Bear Gardens of early modern London as they appear through transcriptions of pre-1642 texts. In addition to making the resources of the extensive EMLoT database accessible for new users, ‘How to Track a Bear in Southwark’ offers a focused and rich way to introduce and explore the basic elements of early modern archival research and bibliography for undergraduate and junior graduate students.


We invite you to explore the new learning module exhibits, which organize a substantial body of bibliographic records about the Bear Garden venue under three distinct research perspectives. Both the collection and the exhibits are free to use in and out of the classroom, and should be of particular interest for anyone teaching courses in early English theatre. 


Please enjoy, and if you have any questions or comments about this resource, please contact the primary developer of the Exhibits, John Estabillo, Associate Bibliographer for EMLoT, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




John Russell Brown

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.405  Thursday, 10 September 2015


From:        Andrew Porter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 9, 2015 at 7:41:42 AM EDT

Subject:    John Russell Brown


Dear ISC Colleagues,


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor John Russell Brown, former fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, who died peacefully at home on 26th August.


Professor Brown’s family have asked that we pass on the information regarding his funeral and memorial service which will take place on Monday 14th September from 2.30pm at St Oswald’s Church, Hooe, Battle, East Sussex (details are attached).


Messages of condolence and tributes can be sent to Rev Dr Paul Edmondson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


With best wishes,

Professor John Jowett

Conference Secretary




14th September 2015




St Oswald’s Church,

Church Lane, Hooe

East Sussex TN33 9HB


funeral service at 2.30pm



memorial service at 3.30pm


followed by refreshments

at Court Lodge, Hooe,

East Sussex TN33 9HJ



This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

01424 844493

Please contact us for directions and map if required


Please no flowers; donations to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (

or the National Brain Appeal (





Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse-a User’s Manual

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.400  Monday, 7 September 2015


From:        Roger D. Gross <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 6, 2015 at 5:07:04 PM EDT

Subject:    Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse-a User’s Manual


I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book.  It is a practical handbook for Shakespearean performance.  Shakespeare wrote the world’s greatest verse plays.  Almost all of them are performed or read as prose, by default, not by decision.  This is a tragic waste, but it is fixable.


The book has two goals:  


· to persuade you that the great rewards of verse speaking and reading are worth much more than the modest effort required to master them.


· to provide the information and guidance needed to lead you down this path


Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse: A User’s Manual for actors, directors, readers, and enlightened teachers. Paperback $22.95 Hardcover$32.95. ISBN # 978-1-942428-04-6.


Available now.


Pen-L Publishing

and at Barns & Noble and Amazon

Learn more at:


Roger Gross

Professor Emeritus of Theatre

University of Arkansas

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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