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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.184  Thursday, 10 May 2012


From:        Kevin Costa < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         May 7, 2012 8:01:49 PM EDT

Subject:     Big News from Chesapeake Shakespeare



Classical theater acquires second home in historic Mercantile Building to host indoor performances


BALTIMORE (May 7, 2012) — Howard County–based Chesapeake Shakespeare Company today announces the acquisition of the historic Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building in downtown Baltimore, which will serve as its second home and establish a new cultural center for live performances of Shakespeare and other classics just two blocks from the city’s celebrated Inner Harbor. 


Located at 200 East Redwood Street, the Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building was constructed in 1885 and is one of Baltimore’s more notable architectural landmarks. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has plans to convert the building’s interior into an intimate 250-seat theater for indoor performances, educational programs, and community events.


“Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is in its 10th season serving almost 12,000 people every year,” says Ian Gallanar, founding artistic director. “We are thrilled about our expansion into the thriving Baltimore theater scene. While we will continue to serve our current patrons with outdoor performances at our home stage in Howard County, this second location will broaden our reach and help foster a new community of classical theater enthusiasts.”


The Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building was purchased for the sole use of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by the Helm Foundation, an organization directed by Scott Helm, one of the trustees of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. The total cost of the project, including the building’s purchase and renovation, is estimated to be around $6 million. 


Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc.—the architecture firm responsible for the Everyman Theatre, the James Rouse Center in the Visionary Arts Museum and the Creative Alliance at The Patterson Theater—is working with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company on design plans that model the new indoor theater after Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre in London. The design combines the intimacy of a traditional Elizabethan playhouse with a contemporary sense of design and convenience. Renovations will begin in early 2013, with the expectation of opening in 2014. 


“The building’s substantial mezzanine, elaborate and colorful carved ceiling, and Corinthian columns all echo elements of Elizabethan theaters,” says Lesley Malin, managing director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. “We are enthusiastic about working with Cho Benn Holback to incorporate these beautiful architectural features into a modern-day Globe in downtown Baltimore.” 


The acquisition of the Mercantile Building will be key in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s effort to create a downtown “theater triangle” that will connect the new Inner Harbor theater with the Hippodrome and the Everyman Theatre on the West Side, and Mount Vernon’s CenterStage.


“I am very excited that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is choosing Baltimore for its indoor home,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says.  “This is a welcome cultural asset that strengthens downtown as a growing and vibrant neighborhood.  I look forward to seeing the first show.”


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will add an eight-month season of shows at the downtown location and provide after-school and weekend programs for the students of Baltimore. The company has plans to run additional special events including an international theater festival that will bring classical theater companies from around the world to Baltimore.


“We couldn’t be more excited about Chesapeake Shakespeare’s arrival into Downtown Baltimore,” says Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.  “Their plans for adaptive reuse are perfect for this building, one of Downtown’s greatest historic structures.  After 130 years, it’s as if this building is finally becoming what it was meant to be.  The new theater will be located in the heart of the City’s fastest growing neighborhood, where it will quickly become a cultural destination for our many residents, employees, and visitors.”  


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company:

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, the Baltimore area’s third largest theater company, was founded in 2002 with a mission to create innovative performance and education programs that bring the works of William Shakespeare and other classics to life.  It is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the organization for professional theaters in the United States and the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the international organization for professional Shakespeare theaters.  Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is committed to making the arts more accessible to the community by intensifying the connection between audiences and artists and some of the greatest works of theater ever written. 


The Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company Building:

The Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building is on the National Register of Historic Places; it was built in 1885, was one of only a few buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1904, and served as a bank until 1993. It is considered a major architectural landmark and Baltimore's paramount example of Romanesque Revival architecture featuring rust-colored brick walls, slate roof, and massive Roman arches constructed of locally quarried stone, much of which is finely carved. In 2001, it went through a $2.2 million renovation and since then has been occupied by a number of night clubs. The current tenant, Club Dubai, will remain until the end of its lease at the end of 2012.


[Editor’s Note: There was recently a story about the move in the Baltimore Sun:,0,3699959.story --Hardy]

Patrick Stewart joins Red Bull Theater’s RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.180  Monday, 7 May 2012

From:        Red Bull Theater < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 30, 2012 11:18:07 AM EDT

Subject:     Patrick Stewart joins Red Bull Theater’s RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS - Monday, June 4th


Monday June 4



Jesse Berger, Artistic Director, and the Board of Directors of Red Bull Theater, are pleased to invite you to the fourth annual RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS BENEFIT honoring




The Matador Award for Excellence in Classical Theater


plus Matador Awards to



Extraordinary Talent for Classical Theater




Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater


Join Host Paige Davis and Special Guests Emily Bergl, Richard Easton, Christopher Innvar, Patrick Page, Stephen Spinella, Michael Urie, Marc Vietor and More for an evening of live entertainment, tantalizingly fabulous silent auction items, fine dining catered by Gemma, and great company at the chic and luxurious Bowery Hotel.  Celebrate Red Bull Theater, honor super contributors to classical theater, and be the first to hear about our 2012-2013 Season.





Monday, June 4th

6pm Cocktails & Silent Auction

7pm Dinner & Award Ceremony

9pm Bullseye Bash After-Party



The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery - Corner of East 3rd Street & Bowery


After-Party Available Separately

Click Bullseye Bash to join us at 9pm for Drinks and Dancing.



F. Murray Abraham, Michael Cerveris, Paige Davis, Richard Easton, Michael Emerson, Christopher Innvar, Amy Irving, Jan Maxwell, Jack O’Brien, Patrick Page, Lily Rabe, Roger Rees, J. Smith-Cameron, Stephen Spinella, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Douglas Thompson, Michael Urie, Dianne Wiest, Charlayne Woodard

Subterranean Shakespeare—FOLKSPEARE Press release


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.179  Monday, 7 May 2012

From:        Geoff Pond < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 29, 2012 2:24:49 AM EDT

Subject:     Subterranean Shakespeare—FOLKSPEARE Press release




Press release April 23, 2012




Written by JUNE LEVINE 



When songwriter June Levine was four years old her parents read aloud Lamb’s “Tales from Shakespeare”.  Innocently she began making attempts to create songs about the plays.  Her parents were so shocked they immediately taught her to read.  Cut to April 1962 June now thirty years old, loved folk music.  She decided to write some folk songs based on the plays of Shakespeare.  The first song was Julius Caesar.  As the years went by she continued to write more songs and along the way she received a degree in 18th Century English literature.  In 2001 she and her husband Gene Gordon who also is a great lover of The Bard started The Rossmoor Shakespeare Society.  In 2010 they attended a staged reading presented by Subterranean Shakespeare as a part of a festival of the whole Shakespeare canon.  She purchased a copy of Sub Shakes CD SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST HITS  She liked it so much she bought twelve more copies to give out to members of the Shakespeare Society.  She also commissioned Geoffrey Pond (artistic director for Sub Shakes) to produce a CD based on her song book Folkspeare, now at twenty two songs.  Featuring Sub Shakes house band THE RUDE MECHANICALS.  After over two years in the studio, on Shakespeare's birthday April 23, 2012 the CDFOLKSPEARE: SHAKSPEARE IN A NUTSHELL was released.  Fifty years to the month after she had first written Julius Caesar.  Subterranean Shakespeare Theater is so proud of the effort that they are now in a workshop directed by Geoffrey Pond in preparation to bring many of the songs to the stage in a musical revue called SHAKESPEARE!  THE MUSICAL. To be presented in a theater tbd in San Francisco late 2012 or early 2013. The Rude Mechanicals are Lori Higa, Kevin Moore, Geoffrey Pond, Cindy Weyuker.


For more info and to send your snail male address if you want a copy of the Folkspeare CD for a review

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 510-276-3871

Info on how to purchase a copy of Folkspeare

To listen to parts of the songs, purchase or download

Year of Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.178  Monday, 7 May 2012

From:        British Shakespeare Association < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 30, 2012 6:16:39 AM EDT

Subject:     Year of Shakespeare


Dear friends,


We’d like to invite you to visit our new interactive website, which launched last week:


As some of you may know, this summer the UK is staging a six-month celebration of Shakespeare called the World Shakespeare Festival. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, developed by major institutional partners such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Museum, and funded through public and private initiatives related to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the WSF announces itself as ‘a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright’ and brings together work from over 50 arts organizations from across the globe.


In an attempt to document and discuss the performances and ideas emerging from the WSF, the Shakespeare Institute, the University of Warwick, and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have created, which is an interactive, digital project that will include reviews of each of the productions; special features from academics, artists, and educators involved in the festivities; and space for interested readers from across the world to comment on and discuss ideas arising from the WSF. The central aims of our project, which is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, are to open up debate about the role of Shakespeare in global culture and to broaden the discussion about what constitutes a ‘successful’ intercultural performance.


We’d like to invite you to participate in our project by visiting and reading more about what’s happening in the WSF and what our team of researchers is making of it. You’ll already find reviews of the Globe’s South African Venus and Adonis, Russian Measure for Measure, and Kenyan Merry Wives, as well as the RSC's Comedy of Errors and Tempest. New reviews are coming in almost everyday, so it's worth checking in frequently.

We’d also like to invite you to contribute some of your own thoughts about global Shakespeare, whether in response to a WSF performance you’ve seen or more broadly in response to some of the issues arising in the discussion forum and on Twitter (#WSF2012 and #G2G). There’s space following every review for comments and discussion, so please do get involved! The project aims to gather thoughts from those outside of the UK as well as inside it, so please let us know what you think about the idea of a Hip Hop Othello, of Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, or a Shakespeare-inspired Aztec history cycle.

Finally, please also share our website with any friends, colleagues, students, or listserv members that you think might also be interested – as mentioned, we’re aiming for as broad a discussion as possible, so all opinions and perspectives are heartily welcomed!

Looking forward to continuing the discussion online…


All the best,
Erin Sullivan, Paul Prescott, and Paul Edmondson (Project Leaders)

Early Modern Women Journal Move


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.173  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Early Modern Women Journal < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 25, 2012 3:10:43 PM EDT

Subject:     Early Modern Women Journal Move


As of June 1, 2011, the editorial offices for the Early Modern Women Journal have moved to University of Miami, and subscription management has moved to Arizona State University.



Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, Anne Cruz, Professor of Spanish, and Mary Lindemann, Professor of History, all of the University of Miami, Coral Gables will assume editorship of the Journal, beginning June 1, 2011.


All submissions should now be sent to:

  • Mihoko Suzuki
  • Director, Center for the Humanities
  • PO BOX 248292
  • University of Miami
  • Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • 305-284-5623, 1557 (office)
  • 305-284-1580 (Center)
  • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit the new journal website:



Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has taken over publication of the annual Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. ACMRS has now assumed all managing editing responsibilities including subscription records and bookkeeping. 


For subscription inquiries, please contact:

  • William Gentrup, PhD
  • Assistant Director
  • ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
  • Arizona State University
  • Box 874402
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-4402

Ph: 480-965-4661 | Fax: 480-965-1681 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.172  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Hardy Cook <editor@shaksper,net>

Date:         April 25, 2012 4:42:44 PM EDT

Subject:    CSC’s Most Romantic Summer


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company


It’s another fun-filled, romantic summer of classics! This year, we’re producing what may be Shakespeare's most famous play—Romeo and Juliet. The production will combine a Renaissance world with modern performance poetry to create a unique theatrical experience, directed by CSC’s Jenny Leopold. In addition, CSC offers a sparkling version of Jane Austen's witty and beloved romance, Pride and Prejudice directed by international theatre artist Isabelle Anderson. Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.




Come see your favorite or come see both (two show package is only $54). Bring your kids on family-friendly Sundays or bring a date for a romantic evening on Fun Formal Fridays or come on any day for a great evening of outdoor theater from Maryland’s leading classics theater.




Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins is not your typical theater experience. We promise NEVER to tell you not to unwrap your candies during the show! Instead, we think of your experience at the Ruins as a theater party. You can rent an intimate table for two or reserve a whole picnic table for a big group—as long as you make it fun.

 Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful park, bring your kids or friends, bring a bottle of wine. We open the gates 90 minutes before show-time for this purpose and so that you can watch The Show Before the Show which will feature musicians, poets, dress-up stations, and 1800s games. This year, due to popular demand, we've added more talk-back sessions before and after the show—we call them CSC: Extended Versions. We’ve also got a special weekend devoted to Poetry Out Loud and another to Jane Austen.


People from all over the Baltimore-Washington region along with northern Virginians and southern Pennsylvanians are making Chesapeake Shakespeare in the Ruins a yearly tradition. We hope you will too!



Romeo and Juliet


Pride & Prejudice

June 8 - July 29, 2012


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 6 p.m.

Ticket Information

  • Adults: $36
  • Special Thursday Adult Rate: $29
  • Seniors: $29
  • Special rate for students under 25 for Thursdays and Fridays: $15
  • Children 18 and under: FREE (limit two per paying adult)
  • Two Show Package: $54 (pre-orders only)
  • Friday Tables For Two: $30; Picnic Tables: $60

Group Tickets: 410-313-8661

All ticket service fees are included in price


Extended version dates to come

Poetry Out Loud Weekend June 15-18

Jane Austen Weekend June 22-24


Performances held outdoors at the

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

overlooking Historic Ellicott City

Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.171  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Mike Jensen < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:17 PM

Subject:     Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing


One of the odder vanity productions I know about is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. We have known that this was to be filmed for some time, but photography is apparently complete according to this New York Times article on Whedon’s The Avengers. The link to the entire article is here:


The paragraph referencing the Shakespeare film is, “In characteristic Whedon-esque style he took about two weeks after finishing principal photography on “The Avengers” to shoot a film version of “Much Ado About Nothing” at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.  


The direct link to the film website is:


The PDF press release is here:


I’m not optimistic that the film will go into general release, but it may well turn up on the web at some point.


All the best, 

Mike Jensen

I, Iago by Nicole Galland


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.170  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Kennedy, Kaitlyn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:        April 24, 2012 9:48:40 AM EDT

Subject:     I, Iago by Nicole Galland 


I, IAGO (William Morrow Paperback Original; 978-0062026873; $14.99; April 24, 2012) is a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic Othello and features literature’s most infamous villain: Iago. But despite Iago’s leading role and almost incessant chatter throughout the play, he becomes suddenly silent near the end leaving generations guessing as to why he committed such heinous crimes. Now just in time for Shakespeare’s birthday, Nicole Galland’s meticulously researched reveals the true motivations behind the character whose name has become synonymous with evil. 


Iago’s childhood days are filled with mischief and adventures as he navigates a magical Venice with his naive best friend and partner-in-crime Roderigo. But in a world where duplicity is revered, Iago quickly earns the insulting nickname “honest Iago.” When his father forces Iago to enroll in the military, his life is changed—his friendship with Roderigo dissolves and he meets and falls hopelessly in love with the witty and charming Emilia during Carnivale.


A successful young soldier and adoring husband to Emilia, Iago’s desire to rise in rank and good regard under the command of General Othello informs his actions and begins to cloud his thinking. Gradually, Galland introduces all of the celebrated characters Shakespeare lovers know well—from Roderigo and Othello to Desdemona and Cassio—and in a fascinating manner, we learn about Iago’s intricate relationships and dynamics with each of them. Nicole says, “When creating the characters in I, IAGO, I relied on information in the original Othello text. Although the play appears to be about innocent people being tragically duped and destroyed by the villain, a closer look reveals that there are few real innocents in this story.”


Historical fiction at its finest, I, IAGO proves to be the perfect blend of romance, humor, power, irony, and ultimately, betrayal.

CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.168  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Diane Jakacki < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 25, 2012 5:29:06 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies


With apologies for cross-posting:


CFP: RSA 2013 Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: 


Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on new technologies for scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. At the 2013 meeting (San Diego, 4-6 April 2013), several panels will cover these new and emerging projects and methodologies. We seek proposals in and beyond the following areas:


* new technology and research (individual or group projects)


* new technology and teaching (individual or group projects)


* new technology and publication (e.g. from the vantage point of authors, traditional and non-traditional publishers)


We welcome proposals for papers, panels, demonstrations, and/or workshop presentations that focus on these issues and others. Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph CV.


Please send proposals before Wednesday 6 June 2012 to Michael Ullyot < ullyot {at} >


** Through the support of Iter, we are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels. Those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission. **


NB: All participants must be members of the RSA by August 2013 or they cannot be included in the program.


William R. Bowen, University of Toronto Scarborough

Diane Jakacki, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ray Siemens, University of Victoria

Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary

The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.167  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Giulia Sandelewski < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 24, 2012 1:40:59 PM EDT

Subject:    The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference


The Shakespeare Institute

The University of Birmingham

June 14-16, 2012

Call for papers

Deadline Friday 4 May 2012


We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespearean and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.


The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over­ the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespearean research and theatre: Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.


The conference will feature talks by Peter Holland (Notre Dame), Tiffany Stern (Oxford), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin), Martin Butler (Leeds), Deborah Shaw (RSC), René Weis (UCL), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided each day, and delegates are invited to a dance and drinks reception one night.


We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less). Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday 4 May 2012. We strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.


Our website contains more information about the event and venue,

including prices and downloadable registration forms:


Find us on Facebook:

BritGrad 2012


Email us with questions at:

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We welcome abstracts from graduate students with an interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.


For more information about the conference, please see our website:


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All the best,

The Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

14-16 June 2012

The Shakespeare Institute

Mason Croft, Church Street

Stratford-upon-Avon WARKS

CV37 6HP

Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.166  Thursday, 26 April 2012

From:        Gabriel Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 24, 2012 7:21:51 AM EDT

Subject:    Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare




At Loughborough University (in the UK East Midlands, 10 miles north of Leicester, 50 miles north-east of Stratford-upon-Avon) there will be a half-day meeting called ‘Out of the Shadow of Shakespeare’ on Saturday 28 April from 1 to 5pm.  It’s about the staging of plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.


The event will include a talk on staging non-Shakespearean drama, a workshop on staging scenes from Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Fletcher’s The Nightwalkers, and a roundtable Q&A with theatre practitioners, directors and performers. Attached is a flyer for the event. The event is free and all are welcome, but you have to book your place by emailing the organizer Kate Woods < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >.


Gabriel Egan


Out of the Shadows

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