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SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0219  Monday, 4 June 2012


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

Date:         June 4, 2012 8:31:27 AM EDT

Subject:     SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The SAA June 2012 bulletin has just been posted on the SAA website at The bulletin is now an exclusively electronic document but may be downloaded and printed if you prefer examining its pages in hardcopy. In this issue you will find 61 seminars and workshops being offered for the Forty-First Annual Meeting in Toronto to be held on Easter weekend, 28-30 March 2013 at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The SAA rate at the Royal York is $130 USD per night for single or double occupancy. This rate includes in-room internet access and as well as access to the hotel exercise facilities.


Please examine, too, the selection of special events being planned for the 2013 Meeting including a day trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, 31 March.


Seminar and workshop registration is underway now through 15 September and is open only to SAA members; SAA membership dues are charged on an academic year basis, payable now. Both your membership renewal and seminar/workshop registration may be completed online at


I do hope you will plan on joining us in Toronto and wish you the best for the summer months.


Kind regards,

Michele Osherow

Interim Executive Director


The June 2012 SAA Bulletin may also be downloaded from here:  icon SAA June 2012 Bulletin

CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0218  Monday, 4 June 2012

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

Date:         June 4, 2012 5:15:28 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier


The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the CFP/List of seminars for the “Shakespeare and Myth” ESRA Conference, which will be held in Montpellier (26-29 June 2013).


Choose one and send your abstract before 1 October 2012.


Visit the ESRA webpage:


See attached, or download the seminar presentations at:


Juan F. Cerdá

University of Murcia (Spain)


You may also download the ESRA announcement with seminars here: icon CFP ESRA 2013 (219.03 kB)

Donation Request Consideration


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0216  Friday, 1 June 2012


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

Date:         Friday, June 1, 2012

Subject:     Donation Request Consideration


Dear Subscribers,


SHAKSPER is a free service that has been offered to the Shakespearean academic community for the past twenty-three years. 


Even though there is no charge to subscribe or to use the resources at the SHAKSPER web site:, I do ask that users, with the means, consider donating to support SHAKSPER. As with public services like PBS, I have decided, beyond the footer and web site, to call attention to the donation process once or twice a year.


If you have donated in the past, you have my sincerest thanks. 


If you would like to donate now or in the future, you may go to the SHAKSPER web site <> and click on the Donate button to the right.


Best wishes, 

Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.  

Professor Emeritus 

Bowie State University 

Editor of SHAKSPER <>   

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PS: I do not acknowledge or keep records of those who donate, so that I am not in any way, even subconsciously, influenced by the donation process. Please note that donations are considered gifts to assist in the work of SHAKSPER.

My Brother Will


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.197  Wednesday, 23 May 2012


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

Date:         May 22, 2012 5:56:09 PM EDT

Subject:     My Brother Will


I’m writing to announce of the release of My Brother Will, my new Shakespearean novel for adults, this time (I mainly write for young people) and which has just been published by British e-publisher AchukaBooks, as a Kindle-only edition (other formats may come later) and is now available for sale on for US and Australian readers:


and for British readers.


(British readers can also buy it at


It’s the story of a pivotal year in the life of the Shakespeare family in Stratford, when Will was sixteen, and told in the voice of his younger brother Gilbert. Informed by the theory that the Shakespeare family were crypto-Catholics, it is a rich evocation of daily life in sixteenth-century Stratford and the surrounding countryside, centred around four festivals. It is a most unusual book which is written in a style pungently reminiscent of the period, yet without quaintness, and rests on a good deal of research on all kinds of aspects of Shakespeare’s background.


Sophie Masson

Author site:

Worlds Together Conference


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.196  Wednesday, 23 May 2012


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

Date:         May 22, 2012 5:05:35 PM EDT

Subject:     Half-price offer for the Worlds Together Conference


A message from Tracy Irish, Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival: 


Through a grant provided by the British Council to support the World Shakespeare Festival, produced by the RSC for London 2012, we are delighted to offer a 50% discount on a three day pass to our Worlds Together conference, 6- 8 September at Tate Modern in London.


World Together is an international conference exploring the  value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives. It is a  collaboration between Tate Modern, The British Museum, The National Theatre and  The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) drawing together different disciplines to  ask what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today. The Shakespeare  strand of this special three day event is for artists and educators passionate  about teaching Shakespeare. It offers exclusive access to leading artists and  practitioners through a range of workshops, discussions, seminars and key note addresses.


The conference pass includes access to the full three day programme of workshops, keynotes, panel discussions and presentations, free entry to the ‘Staging the World’ exhibition at the British Museum and offers for other cultural events connected to the London 2012 festival. A limited number of conference passes are available on a first come, first served basis at £195 (full price is £395).


For details on how to access this offer, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For further details of the conference, please click on ‘Worlds Together conference’ from the drop down menu at www . worldshakespearefestival . org . uk/education

CFP: 36th Annual OVSC


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.191  Friday, 18 May 2012


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

Date:         May 16, 2012 2:23:33 PM EDT

Subject:     Updated CFP: 36th Annual OVSC


Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an)

The 36th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference 2012

Marietta College

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. Students who present are eligible to compete for the M. Rick Smith Memorial Prize.


Plenary Speakers:


Ralph Alan Cohen

The American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College


Lina Perkins Wilder

Connecticut College


Featured conference events will include a site-specific production of Hamlet staged by the Marietta College Theatre Department as well as an Esbenshade Series concert with a Shakespearean theme. Other conference events will include a night owl screening of a recent film adaptation, an evening reception at a local establishment, our annual luncheon, coffee, tea & snack breaks that will have you stuffing your pockets “for later,” and all the October foliage your eyes can possibly take in.


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 Shakespeare Institute Review CFP


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.189  Wednesday, 16 May 2012


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

Date:         May 16, 2012 4:36:03 AM EDT

Subject:     The Shakespeare Institute Review CFP


The Shakespeare Institute Review is a new online academic journal, which is funded by the University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law. It is run by four research students at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK


Students at this institution, and on other postgraduate Shakespeare programmes, are invited and encouraged to contribute short papers for publication. Each issue of the journal will be themed.


We thought it exhilaratingly inappropriate, and so irresistible, to signal the birth of this journal with an issue looking at death. 


Students are encouraged to submit papers, between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on topics relating to death, mortality and religion in Shakespeare’s plays, or elsewhere in the Early Modern period.


Possible topics might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Critical examinations of the way that various of Shakespeare’s characters deal with death, or die. This could include close-reading, comparative analysis, and analysis from a specific theoretical position (Marxist, feminist, etc.).
  • Historical studies of how mortality or religion was understood in the early Modern period, and of how Shakespeare makes use of (and plays off) those understandings in his plays.
  • Considerations of the political, ethical, religious, spiritual and existential significances of mortality or religion in the Early Modern period, and for Shakespeare’s characters.
  • Comparisons between how Shakespeare understands mortality, and how other creative artists and philosophers—of Shakespeare’s time, or before, or after—have understood it.
  • More intensely personal and experientially engaged writing on how Shakespeare’s plays have helped you deal with death—with your own mortality, or with the death of people that you know. How does Shakespeare make you look at death, and is this vision comforting or distressing? Does Shakespeare get to the truth of death, for you, or not?
  • Reflections on metaphysical and spiritual truths that arise from Shakespeare’s plays.
  • More provocative reflections on how the writing that is produced by the Modern academy—writing that is critical, theoretical, historical—does not deal adequately with death in Shakespeare’s plays, and suggestions as to how this inadequacy can be rectified.

Suggestions of other topics will be warmly received.


Papers should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a deadline of 20 May 2012.


All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board, and those submissions that are selected will be published in our first online issue. Please contact us for further information.


Giulia I. Sandelewski

Ph.D.c Shakespeare Studies

The Shakespeare Institute Review, Co-Editor

BritGrad Publicity Team

SSCC Student Representative

Early Theatre 15.1


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.188  Tuesday, 15 May 2012


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

Date:         May 14, 2012 2:19:10 PM EDT

Subject:     Early Theatre 15.1 (June 2012)


Early Theatre  15.1 (2012)

Special Issue: Access and Contestation:  Women’s Performance in Early Modern  England, Italy, France, and Spain

Guest Editor:  Peter Parolin



Access and Contestation: Women’s Performance in Early Modern England, Italy, France, and Spain

Peter Parolin 



Women and Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Suffolk

James Stokes 


‘If I had begun to dance’: Women’s Performance in Kemps Nine Daies Wonder

Peter Parolin 47


‘In the Sight of All’: Queen Elizabeth and the Dance of Diplomacy

Bella Mirabella 


Between Courts: Female Masquers and Anglo-Spanish Diplomacy, 1603–5

Mark Hutchings and Berta Cano-Echevarría 


Marie de Medici’s 1605 ballet de la reine: New Evidence and Analysis

Melinda J. Gough 


‘Cattle of this colour’: Boying the Diva in As You Like It

Pamela Allen Brown 


The Spanish Actress’s Art: Improvisation, Transvestism, and Disruption in Tirso’s El vergonzoso en palacio

Amy L. Tigner 


Conniving Women and Superannuated Coquettes: Travestis and Caractères in the Early Modern French Theatre

Virginia Scott 


Book Reviews:


Melissa Croteau and Carolyn Jess-Cooke (eds). Apocalyptic Shakespeare: Essays on Visions of Chaos and Revelation in Recent Film Adaptations. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland, 2009.

Reviewed by Catherine Silverstone 


Jane Hwang Degenhardt and Elizabeth Williamson (eds).  Religion and Drama in Early Modern England: The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2011.

Reviewed by Erin E. Kelly 


Eugene Giddens. How to Read a Shakespearean Play Text. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Brett D. Hirsch 


Max Harris. Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Abigail Ann Young 


Natasha Korda. Labors Lost: Women’s Work and the Early Modern English Stage. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Susan C. Frye 


Robert Mullally. The Carole: A Study of a Medieval Dance.  Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2011.

Reviewed by Emily F. Winerock 


Kristen Poole. Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare’s England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Ian McAdam


Federico Schneider. Pastoral Drama and Healing in Early Modern Italy. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2010.

Reviewed by Alexandra Coller 244


Virginia Scott. Women on the Stage in Early Modern France, 1540–1750. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Reviewed by Claire Sponsler 247



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.185  Thursday, 10 May 2012


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

Date:         May 9, 2012 8:28:24 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP MAPACA


Call for Papers MAPACA 2012

November 3-5, 2012

Pittsburgh, PA

The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences in the form of with new creative works in areas such as fiction, film, and computer games, which make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:

-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare

-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer

-Modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scotts

-Teaching medieval and renaissance texts to modern students

-Medieval or Renaissance links to fantasy fiction, gaming, comics, video games, etc.


Medieval or Renaissance Dramas

-The Middle Ages or Renaissance on the Internet

-Renaissance fairs


Panel and Workshop proposals are also welcome.

Submit a 250 word proposal including A/V requests along with a CV or brief bio by June 15, 2012 to:

Diana Vecchio
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Mary Behrman

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company News


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

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