Launch: Issue 7.1. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0268 Tuesday, 26 June 2012
From: Sujata Iyengar <
Date: June 25, 2012 4:41:01 PM EDT
Subject: Launch: Issue 7.1. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
The editors of the peer-reviewed, online, multimedia periodical Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (CELJ Winner, “Best New Journal,” 2007) are delighted to announce issue 7.1, which features Peter Holland’s plenary lecture from this year’s Shakespeare Association of America meeting (complete with film clips and high-resolution images); Giselle Rampaul’s essay on Shakespeare and King of the Masquerade; Brian Walsh’s discoveries about the Shakespeare windows in Southwark Cathedral (with illustrations); Regula Hohl Trillini’s exhaustive analysis of appropriations of Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” speech; and book reviews by Julie Sanders and Lisa Bolding.
Please visit the journal (http://www.borrowers.uga.edu/), “like” our Facebook page, tell your friends, and consider sending us your own excellent work.
Sujata Iyengar, Professor
Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Department of English
University of Georgia
CFP: Shakespeare Jahrbuch
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0258 Wednesday, 20 June 2012
From: Kareen Seidler <
Date: June 20, 2012 5:01:56 AM EDT
Subject: CFP: Shakespeare Jahrbuch
Call for Papers – Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2014
The 2014 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue devoted to “Money and Power”.
Karl Marx thought that “Shakespeare excellently depicted the real nature of money”. Indeed, money plays a central role in Shakespeare’s works: monetary transactions and the exchange of goods, bonds and loans, greed and expenditure, wealth and debt are themes of his plays and poems and provide the sources for their imagery. The language of money permeates the language of love; purses and coins circulate and merchants and moneylenders shape the plot: “To be or not to be” is determined by assets and economic transactions. The shepherd Corin in As You Like It is well aware that “he that wants money, means and content is without three good friends”, and yet wealth is not always a blessing in Shakespeare. His plays react to the economic upheavals in early modern times and they interrogate the inherent moral, religious and political implications. Early modern poetry and drama are simultaneously bound up in economic networks and the underlying power relations of patronage and the corporate structure of London’s theaters.
Analyzing the relationship between “money and power” in Shakespeare is particularly pertinent at a time when debt crises, the influence of financial markets and the divide between rich and poor dominate world politics.
The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites essays on the following topics:
Money and power in Shakespeare’s plays
Representations of poverty and wealth
The circulation of money and goods on the early modern stage
Shakespeare and the debate on usury
Money and love – monetary and affective economies
Shakespeare’s negotiation of early modern economic discourses
Shakespeare’s theatre as big business
Shakespeare in Political Economy
Shakespeare and the debt crisis
. . .
Shakespeare Jahrbuch, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society, is a peer-reviewed journal. It offers contributions in German and English, scholarly articles, an extensive section of book reviews, and reports on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking world. It also documents the activities of the Shakespeare Society.
Papers to be published in the Shakespeare Jahrbuch should be formatted according to our style sheet.
Please send your manuscripts (of about 6,000 words) to the editor of Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schülting (email:
), by 31 March 2013.
Bedlam Ensemble MM: KickStarter Request
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0254 Monday, 18 June 2012
From: BedlamEnsemble <
Date: June 16, 2012 1:14:50 AM EDT
Subject: Bedlam Ensemble MM: KickStarter Request
Bedlam Ensemble Presents Measure for Measure
Bedlam Ensemble is a non-profit organization dedicated to staging theatre works of high artistic integrity. Bedlam aims to nourish an open an artistic community where artists are free to experiment and challenge themselves within the entertainment industry. The ensemble has a commitment to strike a balance between emerging and veteran artists; between the works of new and established playwrights, and revisiting classic pieces of work with a modern twist. Our ensemble nourishes an open and artistic environment that keeps us engaged in our community and proactive in our pursuit of excellence.
Measure For Measure
Performances start 7/25/12
Years ago, Vienna was a place where the people were pure and the city was clean and beautiful. Fast-forward to today and you find a gritty, dark world filled with sex, drugs, and debauchery. To bring it back to the glory that it once was, the Duke leaves a pure man, Angelo, in charge to right the sexual wrongs he has let slide for so long. Temptation prevails, however, when a smart, beautiful, and outspoken nun touches Angelo and he offers to save her brother’s life only if she will sleep with him. Measure for Measure is a play that explores sex and power and the interplay between the two.
The production’s gritty contemporary New York City setting brings all of Shakespeare’s themes and characters into the present day, reminding viewers of how vital these words still are. This is where you come in. Without money all we have is ourselves. We need the funds to buy everything (props, costumes, set pieces) that will bring this story to thrilling life as you’ve never seen it before.
Directed by Samantha Lee Manas
Produced by Michel Chahade and Samantha Jane Williams
Dramaturgy by Rosa Schneider
Scenic Design by Zachary Tomlinson
Costume Design by Samantha Lee Manas
Graphic Design by Dan Streeting
Kimberly Marie Freeman
John E. Sims
We are mounting a production of Measure for Measure set in contemporary New York City and have a kickstarter campaign for the show. We have huge ideas for the production but cannot execute them without the help of our backers:
Measure for Measure
KinderBard: Kickstarter Request
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0253 Monday, 18 June 2012
From: Daeshin Kim <
Date: June 15, 2012 1:54:25 PM EDT
Subject: KinderBard: Kickstarter Request
KinderBard: Songs for Children Sung by Characters from Shakespeare
Format: Hardcover picture book + CD; eBook; iPad app
Kickstarter Website: http://kck.st/KoAuw6
Three Days Remaining
Pledges: The Kickstarter crowdfunding website takes ‘pledges’ through Amazon, but transactions are only enacted if the creator of the project (me) reaches his goal ($22,000) before the time limit (21st June). If the creator does not reach his target goal, all transactions are cancelled and the creator receives nothing and the supporters owe nothing (this is to ensure that the creator is not “partially funded” which is not fair to the supporters or the creator).
My family and I have a dream of introducing Shakespeare to young children through song, and we have been working very hard to get these songs professionally recorded, with a view to publishing them together with a picture book, and as part of an interactive app. We have been featured by the Folger Shakespeare Library (at http://folgereducation.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/kinderbard/) and just yesterday, my family’s story was posted on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s myShakespeare blog at
We are writing to you because we are nearing the end of a crowdfunding campaign, we have exhausted all of our resources and ideas, and we need a miracle.
Ours is a small family project, but we really want to create the best possible quality product (it costs a lot of money to produce an album and publish a book and app!) - we hope you will be moved by what we have done so far, and how far we have left to go, and any help at all would be very greatly appreciated.
Daeshin Kim and family
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