Shakespeare and Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.163 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Sarah Gail Farrell <
Date: April 17, 2012 11:42:38 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Performance
The Early Modern Studies Journal, formerly the Early English Studies Journal, is looking for a few book reviewers for our upcoming volume titled: Shakespeare and Performance. If you are interested please send an email to
, attaching an electronic copy of your professional resume and, if possible, a sample copy of a previous book review you have had published. The books that are currently available for review are seen below.
Shakespeare’s Great Stage of Fools by Robert H. Bell
Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in Early Modern Theatre and Culture by Robert Lublin
Early Modern Studies Journal
Book Review Editor
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.162 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Subject: iPad App
From Bryn Mawr College Web Site
Bryn Mawr Now
“To be or not to be?” There’s an App for That…
Posted April 19, 2012
A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible, thanks to a new iPad app developed by Bryn Mawr College Professor Katherine Rowe and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi.
Designed to bring a worldwide audience together around Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest for iPad is more than a digital book. The app is designed for social reading, authoring and collaboration. Readers have access to audio recordings of the play that provide alternative performances of key passages, and they can customize their experience, using only the content and tools they want, when they want them.
“We are discovering that one of the most important components of learning at any stage of our lives is the ability to stretch ourselves just the right amount,” says Rowe. “Our app invites Shakespeare fans and potential fans to do that—it can grow with you as a reader.” The app was engineered at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing.
The first play printed in Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623, The Tempest is thought to be inspired by European discoveries of the New World. Its hauntingly beautiful verse makes it among the most frequently performed and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, and it has been selected as a theme for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The app can accommodate any Shakespeare-literacy level, from academics who want input from the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars to those who are simply curious about Shakespeare or want a lively introduction to the play.
“Our goal is to invite all readers of Shakespeare—students, teachers, scholars, fans—to gather around this magnificent play. The iPad makes new styles of reading and writing, authoring and sharing possible, and we designed this app to create a thrilling new way for everyone to experience Shakespeare. This app is not just for the classroom. It’s designed for anyone who loves Shakespeare, or anyone who wants to love Shakespeare but needs some help to do so,” says Visconsi.
Readers of The Tempest for iPad can learn from short expert commentaries provided by the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars, artists and teachers; enjoy a full-length, scrolling audio performance of the play by the internationally known touring company Actors from the London Stage; or create a custom play text using key passages. Illustrations, podcasts, teaching materials, and videos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world’s premier destination for Shakespeare research, are included in the app.
The Tempest for iPad is available through iTunes for $13.99. Visconsi and Rowe, with the support of Notre Dame and a team of investors, have created a startup company in South Bend, Luminary Digital Media LLC.
Luminary aims to develop many more applications designed to bring together readers worldwide around core humanities texts. Additional information is available at the Luminary website.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.161 Thursday, 26 April 2012
From: Frank Landsbergen <
Date: April 15, 2012 6:36:33 AM EDT
Subject: Sonnet Trainer App
My name is Dr. Frank Landsbergen. I have recently published an Android-app with which users can train their knowledge of Shakespeare's Sonnets, and I thought it would be nice to bring this to the attention of your site.
There are already several apps with which you can read the sonnets, but this app is different in that the user has to ‘rewrite’ a sonnet, either by reconstructing each line, which has been broken up into parts, or by choosing the correct line from three options. This way, users can practice their knowledge of the sonnets.
The app is called 'Shakespeare Sonnet Trainer' and can be found in the app store through the link below. There is a free version for the sonnets 1-50, and a paid version for all the sonnets.
An iPhone version is scheduled for this fall.
Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.158 Friday, 13 April 2012
From: BSA <
Date: April 13, 2012 11:28:51 AM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and Emotions at Anzsa
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SHAKESPEARE AND EMOTIONS
The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
27-30 November 2012
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan) and Barrie Rutter (Artristic Director, NorthernBroadside Theatre Company). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.
The study of emotions in history, literature, and other aspects of culture is a burgeoning field, and Shakespeare takes a very central and influential place. The conveners invite papers on any aspect of the ways in which Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries represented emotions in poetry, drama, and other works, and/or how these representations have been received by audiences and readers from the sixteenth century to the present day.
There are paradoxes to be explored—how ‘the bodily turn’ of physiological influence on emotions could in turn generate more modern models of inner consciousness alone; how concepts rooted historically in Elizabethan and Jacobean England could be adapted to fit the philosophies and concepts of later ages, through eighteenth-century literature of sensibility, nineteenth-century and Darwinian approaches, twentieth-century psychologism stimulated by Freud, and a host of others. Did Shakespeare tap into a ‘collective unconscious’ of ‘universal’ stories, or did he arbitrarily choose stories to dramatise which his affective eloquence incorporated into world literature? Why have his works proved so durable in their emotional power, both in themselves and adaptations into other media such as opera, music, film and dance? Equal attention is invited to plays in performance and in ‘closet’ critical readings, as well as textual studies and adaptations.
The New Fortune Theatre, built in 1964 to the exact dimensions of The Fortune playhouse that rivaled Shakespeare’s Globe in seventeenth-century London, will be available for original practice performances, open rehearsals, and stage-based research papers, etc.
If you wish your presentation to be considered for a Performance Workshop on the New Fortune stage, please indicate this clearly in your title.
Abstracts of c.200 words should be submitted for consideration to
>, addressed to Bob White, Chris Wortham, Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers, Mark Houlahan, and Brett D. Hirsch. Abstracts should be received by 1 July 2012.
Please bear in mind that although our venues have full capability for Powerpoint presentations and projecting files from your computers, wireless Internet reception is in some rooms unavailable. If you will need Internet access for your presentation, please make this clear in your abstract to allow us to programme accordingly.
For more details about the conference, visit http://conference.anzsa.org/
Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.154 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: Folger Shakespeare Library <
Date: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 15:54:00 -0400
Subject: Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More
What’s On at the Folger
Mirth and Merriment
Special Events: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House
It’s April, the month we welcome spring at the Folger and celebrate Shakespeare. Enjoy music, games, and more during our annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House! Children and adults can participate in free crafts and activities, take to the Folger stage for spontaneous Shakespeare performances, and explore the Folger’s historic building. During the closing festivities, all are welcome to share birthday cake on the front lawn.
Sunday, April 22
Noon to 4:00 pm
Discover Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Life
Listen: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare
Tales of Innocence
Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale offers a fascinating glimpse into childhood. Young Prince Mamillius, who haunts the play even after his death, provides a lens for exploring critical themes. The annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture by Sarah Beckwith deals with questions of initiation, inheritance, innocence, truth, and doubt.
Plus, view images from Folger Theatre’s 2009 production of The Winter’s Tale on Flickr.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Get a Seat: Reserve Online
On Flickr: Images from The Winter’s Tale
A Trace of Shakespeare
In the News: Restored Scribble May be Shakespeare Signature
Could this be Shakespeare's signature? Probably not, but researchers are investigating when and how a mysterious signature on the title page of Archaionomia, a treatise on Anglo-Saxon law in the Folger collection, first appeared on the page's top border. Using multi-spectral imaging technology, the researchers are studying images not visible to the human eye to compare the signature to other known Shakespeare signatures—as well as those of well-known forgers.
For a detailed look at the digital imaging process, read the post by guest contributor Roger Easton of Rochester Institute of Technology on The Collation blog.
Blogworthy: Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature”
[Editor’s Note: I would encourage readers to look at the “Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” cited above. Further, at the SHAKSPER web site, in the Scholarly Resources, Pedagogy section, I discuss in my first Cook’s Tour how to access the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Image Collection which contains William Lambarde’s Archaionomia, the work in which the signature is found. In addition to your being able to read the how-to instructions article online at http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/cooks-tour, you can download a pdf version of it below. Once you have the Luna software installed, you are able to examine the page yourselves by continuing to zoom-in on the image. Actually, quite fun. –Hardy]
Cook’s Tour One: Cook Tour One (116.13 kB)
From Shakespeare’s Sisters to Birthday Sonnets and the Making of Dictionaries
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.153 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: John F Andrews <
Date: Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 17:20:13 -0600
Subject: From Shakespeare’s Sisters to Birthday Sonnets and the Making of Dictionaries
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 engaging conversation with the SHAKESPEARE GUILD’s John Andrews will be illustrated with portraits of notable female authors of the early-modern period and with images from many of their publications.
Discount Tickets for CSC’s ‘DREAM’ Production
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT $49.50 THROUGH MAY 20
CLASSIC STAGE COMPAMY, 136 East 13th Street, Manhattan
Regularly $75 Tuesday-Thursday, $80 Friday-Sunday
Under the direction of Tony Speciale, the CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY is now presenting A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a production that stars Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci and features Jordan Dean, Nick Gehlfuss, David Greenspan, Halley Wegryn Gross, Anthony Heald, Erin Hill, Chad Lindsey, Taylor Mac, James Patrick Nelson, Steven Skybell, and Rob Yang. For details visit www.classicstage.org, and for the $49.50 discounted SHAKESPEARE GUILD price for tickets that are usually $75 on weekdays and $80 on weekends, proceed to www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/905515/prm/MIDSGUILD and enter code MIDSGUILD. You may also take advantage of this special offer by visiting the Box Office at 136 East 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues) or by calling either 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111.
A Festive Shakespeare’s Birthday SONNET SLAM
MONDAY, APRIL 23, Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NAUMBURG BANDSHELL in CENTRAL PARK
Free and Open to the Public
WILLFUL PICTURES, an organization headed by Melinda Hall (a director, teacher, and filmmaker who is producing a documentary in which luminaries such as F. Murray Abraham, Robert Brustein, Stacy Keach, and Sir Ben Kingsley talk about how Shakespeare changed their lives), is presenting its second annual SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY SONNET SLAM at the beautiful Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Come rain or shine, 154 presenters will recite all 154 of the playwright’s immortal lyrics. For details, see www.facebook.com/events/347696721921637/.
SHAKESPEARE WEEK at New York Public Library
MONDAY, APRIL 23, THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 27
STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN BUILDING, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Free and Open to the Public
Jay Barksdale of the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY has arranged an enticing assortment of activities for the week when Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally celebrated. Among other things, there will be a master class for young actors, a display of Elizabethan maps and treasures such as the 1623 First Folio of the playwright’s dramatic works, some recitations by talented actors and actresses, and a series of orations and presentations by key writers and scholars. At 1:15 p.m. on Monday, April 23, for example, Robert Armitage (Humanities Bibliographer at the Library) will talk about Shakespeare: From Stratford-upon-Avon to the New York Public Library. At the same time on Tuesday, April 24, Margaret Mikesell Tabb (Professor of English at John Jay College, CUNY) will discuss Fathers and Sons in HAMLET. On Wednesday, April 25, Linda Neiberg (Graduate Center, CUNY) will explore ways of Marmorializing the Dead in ROMEO AND JULIET, OTHELLO, and THE WINTER’S TALE. On Thursday, April 26, Andras Kisery (City College of New York) will focus on Hamlet and the Ambassadors. And on Friday, April 27, Barry Nass (Hofstra University) will connect The Parable of the Good Samaritan and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. All of these events are free of charge and are open to the public. For additional information see www.nypl.org/blog/2011/04/11/shakespeare-week-stephen-schwarzman-building.
JESSE SHEIDLOWER, Editor at Large for the OED
TUESDAY, MAY 22, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested
JESSE SHEIDLOWER is President-Elect of the American Dialect Society and Editor at Large for the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary. He recently published a revised edition of The F-Word, his classic survey of an expletive that has become so mainstream in recent years that it has now lost much of its initial power to shock. Mr. Sheidlower has been a guest on such programs as 60 Minutes and Charlie Rose, and he was a prominent talking head in Robert MacNeil’s PBS series Do You Speak American? Mr. Sheidlower has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, Food & Wine, Harper’s, Lingua Franca, New York, The New York Times, and Playboy, and his website, www.jessesword.com, a trove of blogs and articles about virtually every aspect of our fascinating language. During a wide-ranging discussion with the SHAKESPEARE GUILD’s John Andrews, he’ll explore how dictionaries evolve with the times. Among other things, he’ll talk about changing attitudes to words that relate to sex, bodily functions, and other controversial topics. He and Mr. Andrews will also examine how today’s social norms have altered the way audiences respond to wordplay and innuendo that either offended or went unnoticed by Victorian readers, but which Shakespeare and his contemporaries considered pertinent and amusing.
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.
John F. Andrews
The Shakespeare Guild
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Phone 505 988 9560
Notice Regarding New Variorum Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.152 Thursday, 12 April 2012
From: Paul Werstine <
Date: April 12, 2012 11:16:54 AM EDT
Subject: Notice Regarding New Variorum Shakespeare
A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare
The following editors of volumes in progress for A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare are seeking assistant editors:
Maurice Hunt, Baylor University: Cymbeline
Joseph Porter, Duke University: Othello
James Schiffer, SUNY New Paltz: Twelfth Night
William Proctor Williams, University of Akron: Titus Andronicus
The publisher of this series is the Modern Language Association of America. Title pages and prefaces scrupulously record the contributions of all who work on the volumes. Editorial principles are available at www.mla.org/shakespeare_varpdf. Please contact Paul Werstine, co-general editor, at
. The latest published volumes in the series are The Winter’s Tale, edited by Robert Kean Turner and Virginia Westling Haas (2005), and The Comedy of Errors, edited by Standish Henning (2011). King Lear, edited by Richard Knowles, is at press.
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.