The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.151 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: Richard Waugaman <
Date: April 10, 2012 7:03:49 PM EDT
Subject: Jeanne Roberts
Jeanne A. Roberts (CC ‘04), a founder of the Cosmos Club Shakespeare Discussion Group and a former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, died April 3 at her home after a long battle with cancer.
A memorial service and reception will be held April 12, Thursday, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. N.W, just off Wisconsin Avenue.
The Shakespeare Group
Orson Welles’s Shakespeare Films on the Big Screen This April in Basel
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.147 Wednesday, 4 April 2012
From: Matthias Heim <
Date: April 4, 2012 8:02:30 AM EDT
Subject: Orson Welles’s Shakespeare Films on the Big Screen This April in Basel
A small cinema in Switzerland, the Stadtkino Basel, is currently screening a retrospective of Orson Welles’ work, and they will screen all three of Welles’s adaptations of Shakespeare plays from 35mm-prints, (except Macbeth, which will use a 16mm print).
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (FALSTAFF) will be shown on FRI 20.4 2012 15:15, MON 23.4 2012 21:00, and FRI 27.4 2012 20:00 (in English, with French subtitles)
MACBETH will be shown on MON 09.4 2012 15:15, WED 11.4 2012 21:00, and SUN 15.4 2012 13:00 (in English, with French and German subtitles)
THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO: THE MOOR OF VENICE will be shown on THU 05.4 2012 21:00, SUN 08.4 2012 13:30, and WED 18.4 2012 18:30 (in English, with French and German subtitles)
More information (in German) can be found here: http://stadtkino.ch/filmreihe_stadtkino.php?rid=115&m=1
Out of these, Othello is of special interest, as it almost certainly will be the European cut that is screened, with Welles spoken opening titles (This is the version I’ve seen at the same cinema before, but they couldn’t confirm this). This version – unlike the American print – has no synch issues, nor does it suffer from the brutal cuts of the 1991 restoration that we all know from DVD.
Though there have been three DVD-releases of Chimes at Midnight over the last year (and a fourth, hopefully better, is forthcoming – as I understand – from Mr. Bongo Films), there hasn’t been a proper release since Studio Canal had to pull their excellent DVD from the market in 2005, and it is only rarely screened due to the complications over the rights. As far as I know, the film has only been screened three times over the last couple of years: at the Locarno Festival in 2005, (when the organisers had to secure special permission from Saltzman’s widow Adriana), from an archival DVD in Los Angeles in summer 2010, and last August at a special screening in London (where I missed it). Though there have been rumours that the legal situation is clearing itself – and the count of DVD releases seems to suggest this – this film remains a very rarely screened gem . . . I hope the cinema won’t have to cancel the screening, I didn’t dare ask whether they secured the rights…
Faculté des lettres / Université de Neuchâtel
Institute of English Studies
Internet Shakespeare Editions Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.143 Monday, 2 April 2012
From: Michael Best <
Date: Friday, 30 Mar 2012 09:52:42 -0700
Subject: Internet Shakespeare Editions Update
[Editor’s Notes: I have, with permission, edited the following from a Progress Report to the Editors of ISE editions from Michael Best, the Coordinating Editor, into an update of activities with the Internet Shakespeare Editions project: http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/. Disclaimer: I am a member of ISE Editorial Board and an editor, thanks to the ongoing patience of the Coordinating Editor. –Hardy M. Cook]
It has been our good fortune to make two important appointments:
1. Alex Huang has accepted the position of Performance Editor.
Alex brings remarkable energy and experience to the position. You can see a fine example of his work, in association with Peter Donaldson, in Shakespeare Performance in Asia (http://web.mit.edu/shakespeare/asia/).
2. Janelle Jenstad has accepted the position of Assistant Coordinating Editor.
Janelle is Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, and has a great deal of experience both in Early Modern drama and Digital Humanities. Her project on the Map of Early Modern London (http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/) is an immensely useful resource both for literary and historical studies, and she is currently embarking on an edition of The Merchant of Venice for the ISE.
David Bevington’s As You Like It is in print, and John Cox’s Julius Caesar well on the way. Congratulations to both, and thanks to David for the work he put into blazing a trail for the rest of us. Two plays are close to completion for final submission: Henry IV, Part One (Rosemary Gaby) and Twelfth Night (David Carnegie and Mark Houlahan). Two additional plays should be ready in a couple of months: Henry V (James Mardock) and The Tempest (Paul Yachnin and Brent Whitted).
Progress on Online Plays
A good many plays are adding incremental improvements, with several close to a stage where the editors will be submitting proposals to Broadview. Overall I see a strong momentum.
Two proposals for editions have been approved this last year:
1. The Merchant of Venice (Janelle Jenstad)
2. Henry IV, Part Two (Rosemary Gaby)
Two additional proposals, for Romeo and Juliet and Henry VIII, are currently under consideration.
Improvements on the Site
We have recently moved to a new, more powerful server.
A number of technical developments are being experimented with, including the display of variants, animation of intransigent ambiguities, variant lineation between Q1 and F, and an “inclusive” text that displays all variants on a single interface.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that we have launched our “Making Waves Fundraising Campaign.” The aim is to raise an endowment of 1.5 million dollars to provide continuing stability in funding the site’s maintenance without relying on the vagaries of granting agencies. We are asking university libraries to become “Friends of the ISE” by contributing a membership fee; subscribing institutions gain some additional benefits—a “print” view of each page, and a pop-up citation for inclusion in research essays.
On the page “Why Participate?” you can download a letter to librarians and a brochure, both in PDF format.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
KDC/RSC Open Stages Shakespeare Season
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.134 Thursday, 29 March 2012
From: Matthew Partridge <
Date: March 24, 2012 10:47:16 AM EDT
Subject: KDC/RSC Open Stages Shakespeare Season
KDC/RSC Open Stages Shakespeare Season
KDC Theatre, London’s leading amateur theatre company, are about to start a three week Shakespeare themed season at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town, London.
It involves a Shakespeare play (Measure for Measure), a play inspired by Shakespeare (The Tamer Tamed) and new writing in the style of Shakespeare (War of Waleses). The latter is part of the RSC’s Open Stages project.
The dates are:
Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare
27th March - 31st March at 7.30pm
The Tamer Tamed by John Fletcher
3rd April – 7th April at 7.30pm
War of the Waleses (new writing)
10th April – 14th April at 7.30pm
BSA Education Network & Online Teaching Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.129 Friday, 23 March 2012
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: March 23, 2012 8:43:41 AM EDT
Subject: BSA Education Network & Online Teaching Shakespeare
British Shakespeare Association
New magazine and website for teaching Shakespeare & Shakespeare in Education, from the BSA
I am pleased to announce that the British Shakespeare Association’s magazine, Teaching Shakespeare, and the BSA Education Network, Shakespeare in Education, are now available online. To visit the new blog/website and to download the free pilot issue of Teaching Shakespeare, please go to the BSA Education Network: http://shakespeareineducation.com/
Please help! Here’s how you can help us to keep Teaching Shakespeare in print: if you think your library might subscribe, now is the time to suggest purchase of the next two issues (£10 for September 2012 and February 2013, p&p included). If you think it might help to be able to show a print copy of the pilot to whomsoever controls your periodicals budget, please contact me
We hope that you will visit the website to read the opening blog by BSA trustee Peter Kirwan, of Nottingham University and, perhaps, to leave a comment on my own post that asks ‘How do you use theatre performances in your teaching?’ If you would like to submit a piece yourself, please contact the site Administrator, Sylvia Morris
Contributions from our readers are most welcome.
We are also keen to post details of conferences and educational events to do with Shakespeare. When you visit the BSA Education Network, be sure to click on ‘Events’ http://shakespeareineducation.com/category/events/ to read about two exciting posts, one from Jane Coles and the other from Tracy Irish. Jane, together with Liam Semler of the University of Sydney, is organising a free symposium, Unlearning Shakespeare, on 28th June 2012 at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches in the School of Education.
Tracy Irish’s ‘Call for Abstracts’ gives details of a major international conference, Worlds Together: an international conference exploring the value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives, taking place on London’s South Bank, from 6th- 8th September 2012. Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company will be collaborating to consider ask ‘what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today. N.B. The deadline for abstracts (250 words) is 31st March. Tracy reports that ‘concessions on the ticket price may be available for UK contributors’, adding that ‘further details of bursaries and concessions will follow the submission of a successful abstract’.
Please spread the word about the BSA, by forwarding this email to any of your contacts interested in teaching Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Education. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can use the link on the Home/Welcome page of the Education Network website.
With thanks and all good wishes,
Chair of the Education Committee
The British Shakespeare Association
Recent Entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.126 Thursday, 22 March 2012
From: T. Hawkins <
Date: March 21, 2012 8:21:17 PM EDT
Subject: Recent Entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English
Lexicons of Early Modern English - Word of the day
Glossator, or Glossographer, he that makes a Glosse or Comment to interpret the hard meaning of words or things. Edward Phillips, The New World of English Words (1598)
Locating historical references and accessing manuscripts can be difficult with countless hours spent searching for a single text for the sparsest of contributions to your research.
Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. With more than 580,000 word-entries from 176 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods, LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language.
Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!
- 176 Searchable lexicons
- 122 Fully analyzed lexicons
- 588,721 Total word entries
- 368,372 Fully analyzed word entries
- 60,891 Total English modern headwords
Lexicons recently added to LEME - http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/
Anonymous, Catholicon Anglicum: The Remedy for all Diseases (ca. 1475), an English-Latin dictionary from Lord Monson’s manuscript, reconstructed from a 19th-century Early English Text Society edition. The earliest such lexicon surviving in the language holding some 7,180 word-entries, distinguishes itself by the extensive use of Latin synonyms in explanations.
John Lydgate, The Horse the Ghoos and the Sheep (1477)
William Caxton, French and English (ca. 1480)
Anonymous, The Fromond List of Garden Plants (ca. 1525),a list of about 138 plants associated with Thomas Fourmond / Formond of Carssalton, Surrey (died March 21, 1542/43). The list has nine sections: for a garden, for pottage, for sauce, for the cop, for salad, to still, for savour and beauty, roots, and for an herber.
Niels Hemmingsen, A Postle, or Exposition of the Gospels (1569), a translation of Niel Hemmingsen’s Postilla seu enarratio Evangeliorum (Copenhagen, 1561)
John Florio, Florio his First Fruits (1578), parallel Italian-English dialogues, followed by a brief Italian-English glossary and a grammar
Anonymous, The Academy of Pleasure (1656)
William Lucas, A Catalogue of Seeds, Plants, &c. (ca. 1677) a trade-list in eleven sections: seeds of roots, sallad seeds, potherb seeds, sweet herb seeds, physicall seeds, flower seeds, seeds of evergreen & flowering trees, sorts of pease, beans, &c., seeds to improve land, flower roots, and sorts of choice trees & plants
Peter Levins, Manipulus Vocabulorum (London, 1570), a dictionary of 8,940 English-Latin word-entries, organized by English rhyme-endings (with accentuation). This analyzed text owes much to Huloet (added in 2009) and replaces the simple transcription now in the LEME database.
Coming soon to LEME
Henry Hexham’s Copious English and Netherduytch Dictionarie (English-Dutch; 1647-48)
John Rider’s Bibliotheca Scholastica, an English-Latin dictionary first published by the University of Oxford in 1589.
University of Toronto Press Journals
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Terry Eagleton Lecture: March 25
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.113 Friday, 16 March 2012
From: Lowell Duckert <
Date: Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 13:07:55 -0400
Subject: Terry Eagleton Lecture: March 25, 7:30 p.m.
[from Leigh Harrison]
To whom it may concern:
I’m pleased to announce that Terry Eagleton will give a lecture at the National Cathedral on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5 and available at the door for “Jesus & Tragedy,” Eagleton’s thoughts on what he terms a “tragic humanism” and its implications for our world.
Terry Eagleton, one of the most talked-about scholars and cultural theorists of our time, explores how the life and death of Jesus might be understood in terms of tragedy. By affirming the worth of humanity even in the face of the worst evils, he argues, the “tragic humanism” of Jesus provides a hope for a radical remaking of human life in political, economic, and social terms.
Terry Eagleton is professor of cultural theory at the National University of Ireland, Galway; professor of English literature at Lancaster University; and distinguished visiting professor of English literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the author of many books, including The Idea of Culture, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, the bestselling text Literary Theory: An Introduction, Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics, On Evil, Why Marx Was Right, and the forthcoming Event of Literature.
Please post and/or share the attached flyer with your colleagues.
Stacy Keach, The Shakespeare Society, “Shakespeare’s Sisters”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.099 Friday, 9 March 2012
From: John F Andrews <
Date: Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 14:27:14 -0700
Subject: Stacy Keach, The Shakespeare Society, “Shakespeare’s Sisters”
A Conversation with Actor Stacy Keach
MONDAY, MARCH 19, at 8:00 p.m.
DICAPO OPERA THEATRE, 184 East 76th Street, Manhattan
General Admission $30; Special Discount $25
STACY KEACH is currently starring in Broadway’s acclaimed Other Desert Cities. Best known to many of his television fans as Mickey Spillane detective Mike Hammer, Mr. Keach is also familiar for such popular films as Brewster McCloud, Doc, End of the Road, Escape from LA, Fat City, Luther, Nice Dreams, That Championship Season, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Killer Inside Me, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The New Centurians, The Ninth Configuration, and Up in Smoke. But what he finds most satisfying is the Shakespearean acting he has done in such classic roles as Falstaff, Henry V, King Lear, Macbeth, and Richard III. Clive Barnes, who observed a number of superb Hamlets during his many years as drama critic for the New York Times, has commented that the best ever “was Keach, whose neurotic passion and fierce poetry were quite wonderful.” Described by one reviewer as “the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore,” Mr. Keach has received a Golden Globe, three Obies, and multiple nominations for Emmy and Tony awards. Last year he garnered his third Helen Hayes Award for a Kennedy Center production of Frost/Nixon in which he portrayed a disgraced former President. Mr. Keach has performed not only on Broadway but in such additional settings as Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the London West End’s Wyndham Theatre. He was recently honored with the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his many contributions to the classical repertory.
This event will be hosted by Artistic Director MICHAEL CAPASSO of the Dicapo Opera Theatre and co-sponsored by The Shakespeare Society, whose Artistic Director, MICHAEL SEXTON, will join the Guild’s JOHN ANDREWS in conversation with Mr. Keach. It is open to the general public at $30 (plus a $3 service charge for orders placed online). For tickets at the $25 member rate (plus a $2.50 service charge for orders placed online), visit http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=CON100, click on the “Enter Discount Code” link below the “General Admission” price, type in SHAKES, click on the “Use Code” box to the immediate right, and then click on “Find Tickets” to proceed. If you have any difficulty with these steps, simply reply to this e-mail or call (505) 988-9560, and the Guild will be happy to assist you. For the Dicapo Box Office, call (212) 288-9438, extension 10.
An Evening with The Shakespeare Society
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
Since its founding by Nancy Becker and Adriana Mnuchin in 1997, THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY has presented scores of challenging programs for general audiences and served thousands of students and teachers through its many educational initiatives. We’re thus delighted to welcome Executive Director MADELINE AUSTIN, Artistic Director MICHAEL SEXTON, and Society board President K. ANN MCDONALD, who’ll talk with the Guild’s JOHN ANDREWS about the Society’s history, mission, and recent offerings, among them evenings with such stars as F. Murray Abraham, Zoe Caldwell, Richard Easton, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Rees, and Marian Seldes. Ms. Austin is an experienced Off-Broadway producer, actor, and theater administrator. For a decade she worked alongside Gerald Schoenfeld, legendary Chairman of the Shubert Organization, and for five years in Washington she was a performing member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s touring company. Mr. Sexton recently directed Titus Andronicus for the Public Theater. Last spring he created Margaret: A Tyger’s Heart, a Red Bull Theater adaptation of the three Henry VI plays and Richard III. He has directed for the Humana Festival, the Juilliard School, New Dramatists, NYTW, NYU, Soho Rep, and the Sundance Theater Lab. A litigator who is now affiliated with Robinson McDonald & Canna, Ms. McDonald has served on the Society’s board since 1998 and presided over it as President since 2007.
Georgianna Ziegler & ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’
MONDAY, APRIL 16, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf lamented that if Shakespeare had “had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith,” she would never have been able to develop her talents and achieve success in the way her famous brother did. Perhaps so. But in Edward Rothstein’s enthusiastic February 24 New York Times review of “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Writers, 1500-1700” (http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/r/edward_rothstein/index.html), an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill that closes May 20, we learn that there were dozens of “women from Britain, France, and Italy, many of them celebrated in their own time,” whose brilliant careers prove that Ms. Woolf was unduly melancholy. The curator who organized this show is GEORGIANNA ZIEGLER, who oversees the Folger’s Reference department and occupies a post that has been endowed by Louis B. Thalheimer. A former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Dr. Ziegler spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Furness Library before she moved to Washington in 1992. Her previous exhibitions have introduced viewers to “Shakespeare’s Unruly Women,” to “Elizabeth I, Then and Now,” to “Shakespeare for Children,” and to “Marketing Shakespeare: The Boydell Gallery (1789-1805) and Beyond.” Dr. Ziegler’s conversation with the Guild’s John Andrews will be illustrated with images of the most notable female authors of the period and with copies of pages from many of their publications.
For more information about these and other programs, among them a new CENTENNIAL FRIDAYS series at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art, visit the website below and take a look at the Current Events page. To reserve space for events that will occur at the National Arts Club, all you need to do is reply to this message or call the telephone number below.
John F. Andrews
The Shakespeare Guild
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Phone 505 988 9560
CFP: 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.098 Friday, 9 March 2012
From: Joseph Sullivan <
Date: March 9, 2012 9:28:56 AM EST
Subject: CFP: 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
October 18-20, 2012
The planning committee of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference seeks proposals for papers or panels from across today’s theoretical and methodological landscape that engage some facet of the amalgam “Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an).”
“Extreme Shakespeare” alludes to the wide variety of extremities that can be found in Shakespeare’s work. It brings to mind those occasions where the playwright demonstrates either a lack of regard for or a lack of control over the principles of proportionality and balance, to the degree either of those principles were prioritized by dramatists of the early modern period.
Of course, extremity is an inherently relative value, which leads to a second facet of the amalgam open to conferees. “Extremely Shakespearean” refers to the fundamental characteristics of Shakespeare’s art, craft, thought, philosophy, etc. How might we best operationalize the term “Shakespearean”? What quality or qualities should we identify as the quintessence of Shakespeare’s work? Conversely, where do we observe Shakespeare at his least Shakespearean? Have we in the past, do we now, and/or might we ever share a persuasive understanding of what constitutes the most significant attributes of Shakespeare? Is the pursuit a noble quest, or a fool’s errand?
The OVSC publishes a volume of selected papers each year and conferees are welcome to submit revised versions of their papers for consideration.
2012 Plenary Speakers:
Ralph Alan Cohen
The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College
Lina Perkins Wilder
Abstracts and panel proposals are due by June 8th for an early decision. The final deadline is August 31st. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Joseph Sullivan at
or by mail to Joseph Sullivan / English Department / Marietta College / Marietta, OH 45750.
Conference updates will be posted on our webpage as they become available:
The Delights of Rare Titles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.092 Wednesday, 7 March 2012
From: ASC <
Date: Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 13:21:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: The Delights of Rare Titles
Rare Titles Surprise and Delight
The titles may be rare and the plots less familiar, but the 2012 Actors’ Renaissance Season productions of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding; Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters; and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage reveal just how fun a trip into the unknown can be.
The Actors’ Renaissance Season closes April 8th.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 7:30 pm, students from Staunton’s own Stuart Hall School present a staged reading of John Lyly’s Mother Bombie:
On one side of town, two fathers seek a financially advantageous marriage between their simple-minded offspring; while on the other side of town, two fathers oppose the marriage of their romantically star-crossed teens. John Lyly, one of Shakespeare’s most important influences, cooks up hilarious chaos by mixing in four plotting pages, several disguises, and a nurse who has exchanged a few infants here and there.
American Shakespeare Center
10 S. Market St
Staunton, Virginia 24401