Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0249 Friday, 15 June 2012
From: Folger Shakespeare Library <
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:39 AM
Subject: Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday
Mondays at 7pm in the theatre
followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition
John Schofield on St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Christopher Wren
St. Paul’s Cathedral was built to the design of English architect Sir Christopher Wren as part of a major rebuilding program following the 1666 Great Fire of London. However, Wren’s magnificent structure is only the most recent in a succession of Anglo-Saxon and medieval cathedrals on the site. Dr. John Schofield, the Cathedral Archaeologist for St. Paul’s Cathedral, will discuss how recent archaeological and historical research is now reconstructing the pre-Wren medieval cathedral. Reserve your seat.
Ralph Alan Cohen on Blackfriars: “The Most Convenient Place”
Before it became synonymous with a theater, the Blackfriars was a London precinct at the nexus of the city, the church, and the court, ideally located at the intersection of London’s two rivers. Ralph Alan Cohen, Director of Mission and Co-Founder of the American Shakespeare Center which is home to a replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse, looks at how the place and the playhouse mirrored one another and made the Blackfriars the place to be and the place to be seen. Reserve your seat.
David Schalkwyk and actors from Taffety Punk:
Readings from The Roaring Girl
Actors from DC’s Taffety Punk Theatre Company present a staged reading of excerpts of The Roaring Girl, a bold, brilliant play by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker. The play was first produced in 1611 and was restaged famously in the 1980s by the Royal Shakespeare Company. David Schalkwyk, Folger’s Director of Research, talks about why this “city comedy” reveals so much about Jacobean London. Reserve your seat.
June 5–September 30:
Open City: London, 1500–1700
Open City explores three everyday gathering places—church, theater, and market—and how they influenced the way in which Londoners formed communities, negotiated social relations, and understood their places in the world.
201 East Capitol Street, SE | Washington, DC 20003
Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0246 Friday, 15 June 2012
From: Philip Collington <
Date: June 15, 2012 11:13:31 AM EDT
Subject: Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out”
Call for Papers
“Hammering It Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s)
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Host Institution: Tufts University
Whether in his frequent use of soliloquies, on-stage debates, or vivid metaphorical imagery, Shakespeare dramatizes cognitive processes employed by stage characters; e.g., as imprisoned Richard II notes, “I’ll hammer it out. / My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul, / My soul the father; and these two beget / A generation of still-breeding thoughts” (Richard II 5.5.5-8). We are now more than six decades in to what Howard Gardner has termed the “cognitive revolution,” yet one of its pioneering practitioners in Shakespeare studies, Mary Thomas Crane, recently noted that “cognitive approaches are still not part of the mainstream of literary and cultural criticism” – because the approach does not lend itself to the production of self-contained “readings” or “interpretations” of texts (Representations 108 [Fall 2009], 76). Is this true? This panel invites short (fifteen-minute) paper presentations exploring the theoretical impact, or demonstrating the methodological efficacy, of cognitive approaches to Shakespeare. Presenters may present their own original research findings on individual plays or non-dramatic poems, or engage in a meta-critical survey of the place of cognitive theories in Shakespeare studies today.
Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2012
Please send proposals (paper or electronic) to:
Dr. Phil Collington
Associate Professor of English
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0238 Wednesday, 13 June 2012
From: Michael Boecherer <
Date: June 12, 2012 8:34:10 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:
Philosophy and Rhetoric
We also seek short essays that encourage faculty to try overlooked, non-traditional texts inside the classroom and book reviews.
Submission deadline for our Winter 2012 issue is currently October 1st, 2012.
For more information, please visit our website www.thisroughmagic.org or contact Michael Boecherer (
Faculty and Graduate Students are encouraged to submit.
This Rough Magic's editorial board members are affiliated with the following academic institutions and organizations:
The American Shakespeare Center
Bridgewater State University
The Catholic University of America
Fitchburg State University
State University of New York - Stony Brook
Suffolk County Community College
University of Connecticut
Department of English
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead Campus
Folger Theatre 2012/13 Season Performances
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0231 Friday, 8 June 2012
From: Kiersten Dittrich <
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:17 AM
Subject: Folger Theatre 2012/13 Season Performances
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Folger Theatre’s 2012/13 season is marked by journeys of every kind—tragic, heroic, and mythic. As an added season highlight, we will host the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Hamlet in September, direct from the London stage.
Mark your calendars now and plan ahead to take advantage of our group discounts for one or several of our productions:
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst
SEPTEMBER 8–22, 2012
A raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play, the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius. “A stripped-down Hamlet that is fast, fresh, and lucid” (The Daily Telegraph).
Student Matinees: Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 11:30am
THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook
Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar
Directed by Aaron Posner
Original music performed by Tom Teasley
OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 25, 2012
A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.
Student Matinee: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:30am
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
JANUARY 22 – MARCH 3, 2013
Imagine the thrilling grasp for power by a young king whose ambition reaches beyond his English court to the fields of France.
Student Matinees: Thursday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 11:30am
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
APRIL 30 – JUNE 9, 2013
Cast away on the shores of a distant land, lost lovers and their unruly servants
converge and conspire in this romance-filled comedy.
Student Matinees: Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:30am
Teachers and group leaders of high school or younger students may reserve tickets for Hamlet student matinees beginning Monday, June 11 at 10:00am. Tickets for other 2012/13 Folger Theatre productions may be reserved beginning Monday, July 30 at 10:00am.
Student matinee tickets are $25 each for students and chaperones. The Globe’s HAMLET student matinee tickets are just $35. One chaperone is required for every 10-12 students. A 30-minute question and answer session will follow every regular season student matinee performance.
Discounted group tickets are also available to all Folger Theatre performances. The complete schedule for all Folger Theatre productions will soon be available at www.folger.edu/theatre.
If you are a teacher, don’t forget to access our award-winning teaching materials online at www.folger.edu/education before you come. We look forward to welcoming you to the Folger.
Group Sales Manager
2012 Spring Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse Closing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0230 Friday, 8 June 2012
From: ASC <
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012 1:21:12 PM GMT-0400
Subject: 2012 Spring Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse Closing
2012 Spring Season CLOSES NEXT WEEKEND
The 2011/12 Almost Blasphemy Tour spent six months on the road before they returned to the Blackfriars Playhouse in April. When the season closes on June 17th, the troupe will have had more than 150 performances of The Winter’s Tale, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now, there are only twelve performances left. Catch them while you still can.
The Winter’s Tale (closing June 16) draws you in with a dark and tragic first act, then, after the musical interlude, transports you to pastoral Bohemia, complete with foolery, dancing, singing, and most of all, love. The finale of this roller-coaster ride will leave you believing in miracles.
'Tis Pity She's a Whore (closing June 16), John Ford’s re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, leads you deep into a story of passion, lust, vengeance, greed, incest, and murder. You will be on the edge of your seat from the preshow music to a final, bloody scene that rivals any blockbuster film.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (closing June 17) invites you down a moonlit path of love, wonder, and magic. You will fall under the spell of the magical fairies, in love with the young runaways, and out of your seat laughing at the rude mechanicals.
American Shakespeare Center
10 S. Market St
Staunton, Virginia 24401
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0229 Friday, 8 June 2012
From: Jeff Dailey <
Date: June 7, 2012 11:46:07 AM EDT
Subject: Hamlet Opera
Hamlet, the new opera in five acts by Nancy Van de Vate, will be broadcast internationally by Swiss Radio on June 8, 2012. American and Canadian listeners should go to www.swissradio.ch for the two-hour and 45-minute program, which will begin at 5:48 pm EDT.
The CDs of the opera are difficult to get in the US at this time but will be available soon from Arkivmusic.com.
This is a fascinating opera, one of the rare examples of an opera being shorter than the play on which it is based (akin to Levy’s Morning Becomes Electra). It focuses on the most important aspects of the plot, which it enhances with music. I have listened to the CDs several times, and I hear new and interesting things with each hearing.
For further information about the broadcast, contact S. Kratsch at
CFP: “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0228 Thursday, 7 June 2012
From: Jean-Christophe MAYER <
Date: June 7, 2012 4:15:40 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript”
This is a call for papers for a seminar entitled “The Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare in Print and Manuscript: The Rise of Shakespearean Cultural Capital?”, which we will be organising at the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) congress in Montpellier, in southern France, next summer, 26-29 June 2013.
The goal of this seminar will be to look into the early formation of the Shakespearean myth—how, in other words, belief in the value of his works and in his significance as a writer was constructed. The eighteenth century is often seen as the moment of the true rise of Shakespearean cultural capital. As a result, the early modern reception of Shakespeare in both print and manuscript has received comparatively little attention. The quantity and quality of the early readerly response to Shakespeare, for instance, remains underestimated, despite the fact that it anticipates and initiates in crucial ways the process of Shakespearean myth-making which we more commonly associate with later centuries.
Participants in this seminar will thus be invited to reflect upon the early modern presence of Shakespeare in print and manuscript.
Colleagues interested in book history, manuscript studies, early modern cultural studies, or the symbolic production, circulation and consumption of Shakespeare in the early modern period will be especially welcome to join the seminar.
Here is a link to information about the seminars at the conference: <http://dl.dropbox.com/u/66244838/esra_montpellier2012seminars_cfp_def.pdf>. For more general information about ESRA and next summer’s conference, see here: <http://www.um.es/shakespeare/esra/conferences/montpellier.php>.
If you are interested, please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief bio (150 words) by 1 October 2012 to the convenors: <
> and <
Lukas Erne & Jean-Christophe Mayer
London Exhibition: Open City: London, 1500-1700
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0227 Thursday, 7 June 2012
From: Folger Shakespeare Library <
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:25 PM
Subject: London Exhibition: Open City: London, 1500-1700
Open City: London, 1500-1700
Curator(s): Kathleen Lynch and Betsy Walsh
Folger Great Hall
Jun 5–Sep 30
Celebrate London this summer with an in-depth look at the city’s early modern past, a time of fire, plague, and religious schisms, as well as international commerce, explosive population growth, and a bubbling mix of new ideas.
Open City: London, 1500-1700 explores how wide-ranging changes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries translated into Londoners’ daily lives and familiar gathering places, from churches and marketplaces to public theaters. Filled with rare maps, books, prints, plays, deeds, diaries, and more, the exhibition explores what life was like in a capital city with some surprising similarities to our own.
Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. Its population grew tenfold. Some urban developments were spurred by the dissolution of the monasteries, a royal decree that was both politically and religiously motivated. Also reshaping the city were natural tragedies, like repeated bouts of the plague or the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed more than 13,000 homes, 86 churches, and over 400 acres in the heart of the city. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing.
Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Drawing on materials as disparate as deeds, diaries, engravings, and maps, Open City illustrates the impact of new ideas, new products, and new people in this rapidly growing capital city.
Between 1500 and 1700, London grew from the capital of England with a population of 50,000 to the seat of an emerging empire with a population nearing 500,000. At the beginning of this period, most of London’s population lived within the medieval walls. By the end, only a minority did. However, at no point did the boundaries of the incorporated city contain the vitality of the metropolitan area. Therefore, Open City takes an expansive view of London, with all of its overlapping and competing authorities, and its influx and exchange of ideas, products, habits, and beliefs that characterize city life. Open City looks to three everyday gathering places where people mixed for business, leisure, and worship.
The state religion of England switched from Catholicism to Protestantism (and back again). But the idea that there should be a state church remained, until eventually the religious controversies that disrupted parish communities made way for certain limited principles and practices of religious freedom in London and elsewhere.
Commercial theaters were a new phenomenon in late sixteenth-century London. The public playhouses brought together people from up and down the social scale. The plays also moved up and down the scale of forms of entertainment, from popular to elite. They brought to life scenes from the faraway world, the affairs of state, and London’s own teeming streets.
Diverging interests within trade companies were changing London’s markets. At the same time, international trade opened those markets to new competitions and products from around the world.
Examining the many and often contested activities within church, theater, and market, Open City: London 1500-1700 juxtaposes the changing ways in which Londoners formed communities, negotiated social relations, and understood their places in the world.
Online Exhibition: http://www.folger.edu/Content/Whats-On/Folger-Exhibitions/Open-City-London-1500-1700/Online-Exhibition/
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0224 Tuesday, 5 June 2012
From: Devin Duntz <
Date: June 4, 2012 12:00:52 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Thursday, June 14, NCM Fathom and BY Experience present a one-time only movie theater showing of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's critically acclaimed production of THE TEMPEST, starring Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer.
THE TEMPEST pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. The story focuses on Prospero (Christopher Plummer), the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström), Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom.
Captured LIVE over two days at the legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, this not-to-be-missed theatrical event also features a post-screening Q&A, captured live in New York with Christopher Plummer and director Des McAnuff, hosted by producer Barry Avrich. You can find information on participating theaters and purchase tickets at www.fathomevents.com.
Pure on behalf of NCM Fathom
2401 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Folger Shakespeare Library 80 Years
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0220 Monday, 4 June 2012
From: Folger Shakespeare Library <
Date: Friday, June 1, 2012 4:31 PM
Subject: Join Us In Celebrating 80 Years
As I reflect on my first year as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, I’m inspired by what this amazing institution has accomplished. We’ve connected students, teachers, and scholars around the globe with unparalleled resources, and have fascinated thousands with productions like The Gaming Table and our Manifold Greatness exhibition. As we proudly celebrate our 80th year, we are indebted to our supporters for helping us arrive at this moment.
Today I ask you to join me in marking our 80th anniversary by making a gift before June 30 – the end of the fiscal year. You may choose to join or renew your membership at www.folger.edu/join, give a completely tax-deductible gift at www.folger.edu/give, or call (202) 675-0359 to make a donation by phone.
The Folger is a busy place, alive with discovery. Your contribution today sets us firmly on the path to excellence tomorrow by supporting the quality programming and robust services that are our hallmark. Now as ever, it’s only with your generosity that the Folger can continue to thrive.
Again, I thank you sincerely for your support.
With best wishes,
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