A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.415  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 5:13:19 PM EDT

Subject:    A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron  


Below are details about a National Arts Club gathering that will focus on The Lambs, a Midtown theatrical society that has been at the heart of American show business for nearly a century and a half. 



A Conversation with Actor Marc Baron 


Monday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m.

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

Admission Free


Did you know that New York has a theater club that’s even older than The Players? It’s true. Established in 1874, and named after Charles Lamb, a London critic who helped compile a popular Tales From Shakespeare anthology that remains in print today, The Lambs predated Edwin Booth’s final home by more than a decade and provided a setting for the founding of such powerful organizations as Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, the Actors Fund of America, and ASCAP. 


Early members of this prestigious society included such luminaries as Fred Astaire, John Barrymore, Irving Berlin, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, W. C. Fields, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa, and Fred Waring. To provide an overview on the club’s unique heritage, we’re delighted to welcome Marc Baron, an actor, singer, and director who serves on the New York board of SAG-AFTRA and is now “Shepherd” of The Lambs. He’ll discuss the highlights of an institution that has hosted such resonant events as an early preview of Hal Holbrook’s legendary Mark Twain Tonight


See for details, not only about this program but about gatherings with John Lahr (September 23 in Washington) and James Shapiro (November 30 in New York).


John F. Andrews, President

The Shakespeare Guild

5B Calle San Martin

Santa Fe, NM 87506-7536

(505) 988-9560 (Office)

(505) 670-9815 (iPhone)  





Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.414  Wednesday, 16 September 2015


From:        Tara Stubbs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 15, 2015 at 11:44:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Day School at Oxford on ‘Shakespeare Now’, 3 October


I’ve organised a Day School at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education on ‘Shakespeare Now’. It is of interests to academics, teachers, practitioners and many others interested in Shakespeare and adaptation up to the present day.


Shakespeare Now


The wide success, and sheer volume, of performances and adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in recent years demonstrates their continued appeal. This is particularly important in light of the upcoming commemorations and celebrations to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death in 2016. How have Shakespeare's works continued to inspire us for four centuries? This Day School brings together critics and practitioners to discuss the challenges of adapting and interpreting ‘Shakespeare Now’.



Darren Ormandy’s talk The Hollow Crown considers key scenes in all four films termed together ‘The Hollow Crown.’ He will discuss not only their merits as performance and adaptation but also how these choices may be a reflection of our contemporary concerns. This will deepen students’ appreciation and enjoyment of ‘The Hollow Crown II’ when it is screened next year. 


Brian Cheedle’s talk Shakespeare and Adaptation questions and considers how far productions engage imaginatively with the central action and with significant issues crystalized by the original Shakespearean text, whether it stimulates us to rethink our response to the work. It will give some body to the notions of imaginative engagement, central action and significant issues by considering Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.


Shakespeare and Women


Trevor Nunn recently defended the condemnation of his all-white War of the Roses by citing “historical verisimilitude”. Will the same argument women taking on the most sought after roles in our theatre history an occasional gimmick? Or can actresses like Maxine Peake and Harriet Walter and creatives such as the Donmar Warehouse and the emerging Smooth Faced Gentlemen prove that cross-gender casting is as much a right as racial equality casting and can offer equally challenging and fresh insights to Shakespeare’s work? 


Speaker, Lizzie Hopley, spent most of last year as a Roaring Girl at the RSC. The season, featuring plays with a prominent central female role, was programmed in answer to criticism that not enough women were being featured in RSC productions of classic texts. Aside from these central roles, the men still far outnumbered the women in the Company. And none of the texts were by Shakespeare. As a one-off event, such seasons are great. But what happens when ‘women’s season’ is over? 


In the Q&A session, Darren Ormandy will chair a discussion to include the following topics: the continuing popularity of Shakespeare’s plays; their potential to seem ‘dated’ or otherwise; the most important or significant productions in recent years; which plays are due a revival; and the ethics of race and gender within performance. Questions and comments from the audience are warmly encouraged.


Programme details

Being held at Rewley House

1 Wellington Square







9.30am Registration 


10.00am Shakespeare and Adaptation



11.15am Coffee/tea 


11.45am The Hollow Crown



1.00pm Lunch 


2.00pm Shakespeare and Women



Dr. Tara Stubbs

University Lecturer in English Literature 

Director of Studies in English Literature and Creative Writing, OUDCE

Member of the Oxford English Faculty

& Fellow of Kellogg College Oxford





KING LEAR Cross-country

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.408  Monday, 14 September 2015


From:        Conrad Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 12, 2015 at 10:30:04 PM EDT

Subject:    KING LEAR Cross-country




The Independent Eye will be presenting its two-actor/28-puppet staging of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR on a cross-country tour from Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.  Performances as follows:


        Denver CO - Germinal Stage - Sept. 26-27

        Norfolk VA - The Venue at 35th - Oct. 3-4

        Towson MD - Towson University - Oct. 6

        Philadelphia PA - Studio X - Oct. 9-10

        Brooklyn NY - Irondale Center - Oct. 12-13

        Bethlehem PA - Touchstone Theatre - Oct. 15-18

        Lancaster PA - Franklin & Marshall College - Oct. 19

        Bloomsburg PA - Box of Light - Oct. 21

        Portsmouth NH - Pontine Theatre - Oct. 23-25

        Milwaukee WI - U. Wisconsin/Milwaukee - Oct. 28

        West Liberty IA - Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre - Oct. 30


If you’re in the vicinity of any of these, email us and we’ll give times & ticket information. We’d love to meet you.


A five-minute video trailer may be seen at



Conrad Bishop

The Independent Eye, Ltd.



Two actors. Twenty puppets. Shakespeare’s fiery text. Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, the solo human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity. Like Dante’s damned souls, caught in a perpetual hell particular to each, Lear obsessively plays out his loss of power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and at last even hope. The Fool is his withered soul, an acid clown who torments Lear, stage-manages his story, and finally disappears into Lear’s madness.


Sprung from The Independent Eye’s series of landmark actor/puppet stagings - Macbeth, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Descent of Inanna - this King Lear features Conrad Bishop as Lear, Elizabeth Fuller as the Fool, with Fuller’s music score.



From Bay Area media-


Utterly convincing, often heartbreakingly so . . . dazzlingly inventive . . . a startlingly effective and haunting Lear - more so than most that have a full cast of living actors.

**Sam Hurwitt - KQED Arts


A work of passion and artistry . . . nothing short of genius.

**David Templeton - North Bay Bohemian


Two masters who have perfected their craft.

**Benjamin Wachs - SF Weekly


Quite frankly, I have never seen anything like it. Within the confines of a puppet stage, too cramped even to stand up, these two create a sweeping, theatrically satisfying version of King Lear that can hold its own with the work of any Shakespeare Festival in the United States. . . . I will never forget it. You won't either.

**Charles Kruger - TheatreStorm


There could not have been a better way to start our festival: Three performances of Lear, with standing ovations after every show; eager audiences staying for the talk backs, full of questions and commendations, not wanting to leave. It was an amazing, mesmerizing, totally magical, tour de force.

-Lynne Jennings, San Diego Puppetry Festival





REED Announcement: How to Track a Bear

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.407  Monday, 14 September 2015


From:        Sally-Beth Maclean <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 14, 2015 at 12:14:59 PM EDT

Subject:    REED Announcement


Dear colleagues and friends,


Records of Early English Drama is happy to announce the completion of the most recent phase of the ‘How to Track a Bear in Southwark’ website. A public exhibit of bibliographic records from REED’s Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT) database, this online resource showcases the history and historiography of the Bear Gardens of early modern London as they appear through transcriptions of pre-1642 texts. In addition to making the resources of the extensive EMLoT database accessible for new users, ‘How to Track a Bear in Southwark’ offers a focused and rich way to introduce and explore the basic elements of early modern archival research and bibliography for undergraduate and junior graduate students.


We invite you to explore the new learning module exhibits, which organize a substantial body of bibliographic records about the Bear Garden venue under three distinct research perspectives. Both the collection and the exhibits are free to use in and out of the classroom, and should be of particular interest for anyone teaching courses in early English theatre. 


Please enjoy, and if you have any questions or comments about this resource, please contact the primary developer of the Exhibits, John Estabillo, Associate Bibliographer for EMLoT, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




John Russell Brown

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.405  Thursday, 10 September 2015


From:        Andrew Porter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 9, 2015 at 7:41:42 AM EDT

Subject:    John Russell Brown


Dear ISC Colleagues,


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor John Russell Brown, former fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, who died peacefully at home on 26th August.


Professor Brown’s family have asked that we pass on the information regarding his funeral and memorial service which will take place on Monday 14th September from 2.30pm at St Oswald’s Church, Hooe, Battle, East Sussex (details are attached).


Messages of condolence and tributes can be sent to Rev Dr Paul Edmondson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


With best wishes,

Professor John Jowett

Conference Secretary




14th September 2015




St Oswald’s Church,

Church Lane, Hooe

East Sussex TN33 9HB


funeral service at 2.30pm



memorial service at 3.30pm


followed by refreshments

at Court Lodge, Hooe,

East Sussex TN33 9HJ



This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

01424 844493

Please contact us for directions and map if required


Please no flowers; donations to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (

or the National Brain Appeal (





Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse-a User’s Manual

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.400  Monday, 7 September 2015


From:        Roger D. Gross <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 6, 2015 at 5:07:04 PM EDT

Subject:    Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse-a User’s Manual


I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book.  It is a practical handbook for Shakespearean performance.  Shakespeare wrote the world’s greatest verse plays.  Almost all of them are performed or read as prose, by default, not by decision.  This is a tragic waste, but it is fixable.


The book has two goals:  


· to persuade you that the great rewards of verse speaking and reading are worth much more than the modest effort required to master them.


· to provide the information and guidance needed to lead you down this path


Roger Gross, Shakespeare’s Verse: A User’s Manual for actors, directors, readers, and enlightened teachers. Paperback $22.95 Hardcover$32.95. ISBN # 978-1-942428-04-6.


Available now.


Pen-L Publishing

and at Barns & Noble and Amazon

Learn more at:


Roger Gross

Professor Emeritus of Theatre

University of Arkansas

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ESTS Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.392  Thursday, 3 September 2015


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

Date:         September 3, 2015 at 6:56:01 AM EDT

Subject:    ESTS Conference


SHAKSPERians involved in scholarly editing might be interested to know that online registration is now open for the following conference at:


“Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”


The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England 19-21 November 2015.


The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001 to stage a major collective investigation into the state and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20 minute papers are invited on topics such as:


* Are users' needs changing?

* Stability in print and digital

* How does edition design shape use?

* Facsimiles and scholarly editions

* Collaborative and social editing

* Editorial specialization in the digital age

* APIs and mashups versus anticipation

* The logic of annotation

* Is zero the best price point for editions?

* Readers versus users

* Can we assume a general reader'?

* Indexing and annotation versus search

* Editors, publishers and Open Access

* Is technology changing editing?

* Digital editions or digital archives?

* Are editions ever obsolete?

* Scholarly editions versus popular editions

* Any other topic related to the use or users of scholarly editions


Plenary Speaker include:


Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan)

John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute)

Christina Lee (University of Nottingham)

Francisco Rico (Independent Scholar)

H. T. M. van Vliet (Independent Scholar)

David Greetham (City University of New York)

Tim William Machan (Notre Dame University)

Gary Taylor (Florida State University)

Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)

Andrew Prescott (Glasgow University)


Hands-on workshops will be given on setting movable type, letterpress printing, and getting started with XML.


All details at




Christa Jansohn, Dieter Mehl (Eds.): Shakespeare Jubilees: 1769-2014

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.390  Wednesday, 2 September 2015


From:        Christa Jansohn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 1, 2015 at 8:41:47 AM EDT

Subject:    Christa Jansohn, Dieter Mehl (Eds.): Shakespeare Jubilees: 1769-2014


I am delighted to announce the publication of a collection of essays on Shakespeare Jubilees around the world from 1764 to 2014:


Christa Jansohn, Dieter Mehl (Eds.): Shakespeare Jubilees: 1769-2014 (Studien zur englischen Literatur, 27). Paperback  29.90 EUR, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90590-1. Münster: LIT, 2015.


The essay collection ranges from the elaborate celebrations in Shakespeare’s hometown to more modest festivities elsewhere; from ambitious, theatrical, and politically loaded demonstrations to nationally coloured, culturally distinct and idiosyncratic commemorations. The variety of ways in which geographically distant countries have remembered Shakespeare has never before been the object of a comparative study.  We hope that the essays in this collection will throw new light on Shakespeare as a shared international heritage.


Available from September 2015 under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 


c/o D. Styan

9 Kellet House

Tankerton Street

London WC1H 8HW

eMail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Table of Contents:

Andrew Dickson

‘The wrong thing in the right place’:

Britain’s Tercentenary of 1864................................................................... 13


Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris

‘Enchanted ground’: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday

in Stratford-upon-Avon............................................................................ 31


John Cunningham

‘Solemn and appropriate Shakespearean music’:

The Stratford Tercentenary of 1864........................................................... 57


Alan Young

Art and English Commemorations of Shakespeare 1769‒1964.................. 79


Marie-Clémence Régnier

Shakespeare’s 1864 Jubilee in France: a Crown for

Two Great Writers, William Shakespeare and Victor Hugo...................... 111


Tom Nolan

A German and a French Commemoration of

Shakespeare’s 300th Birthday.................................................................. 129


Christa Jansohn

Celebrating and Commemorating Shakespeare in Germany

1864, 1904, 1964 and 2014....................................................................... 147


Frank Günther

Appendix: Commemorative Speech 2014................................................ 206


Dieter Mehl

German National and International Shakespeare Jubilees

1964 to 1993: From Weimar and Bochum to Vancouver

and the ISA............................................................................................. 213


Júlia Paraizs

Shakespearean Rhapsody: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

at the National Theatre in Budapest (1864)............................................... 231


Alexander Shurbanov

Shakespeare Jubilees and Bulgarian Politics............................................ 257


Katherine Scheil

Between the Jubilees (1916): Shakespeare Clubs in America................... 275


Ann Jennalie Cook

Commemorations Behind the Scenes....................................................... 291


Paul Edmondson and Paul Prescott

Shakespeare on the Road: Celebrating North American

Shakespeare Festivals in 2014.................................................................. 301


Alfredo Michel Modenessi

Latin America 1964: Art and Politics

[or The Year Shakespeare Became a Local]............................................. 317


Mark Houlahan

Shakespeare and the Kiwi, 1916.............................................................. 333


Mami Adachi

Commemorating Shakespeare in Japan:

1964, Before, and Beyond........................................................................ 349


Cong Cong

The 1964 Shakespeare Jubilee in China,

Its Aftermath and Its Echoes.................................................................... 371




News about the Compendium of Renaissance Drama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.389  Wednesday, 2 September 2015


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

Date:         September 2, 2015 at 9:20:46 AM EDT

Subject:    News about the Compendium of Renaissance Drama


It is my great pleasure to announce that the Compendium of Renaissance Drama (CORD) has found a home. The CORD is an interactive database under the editorship of Brian Jay Corrigan, featuring videos, finding lists, images, biographies, dictionaries (including a full character prosopography and topographical dictionary), maps, and synopses of every extant play to be performed in English on the English stage, 1485–1640. CORD also contains editions of the plays.


Some of you may remember hearing about the CORD almost a decade ago, and thought it was inactive or forgotten. Originally it was going to be on CD-ROM and after that phase of technology was over, Brian valiantly spent years searching for a home for the database that would allow open and completely free access, rather than insist on it being a pay to view site. The University of Georgia has agreed to house the CORD completely open access.


There is still editing and loading to be done and the site will probably not be live until December or early 2016, but we’re all very excited and wanted to share the good news. If you have any questions, or are interested in contributing to the ongoing work, please feel free to contact Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Annalisa Castaldo

Associate Professor of English

Widener University

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Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.386  Monday, 31 August 2015


From:        Evelyn Gajowski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 30, 2015 at 5:45:51 PM EDT

Subject:    Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series


Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 


I’m delighted to announce the upcoming publication of the first 3 titles in the Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series: 


  • Hawkes, David.  Shakespeare and Economic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.


  • Brown, Carolyn.  Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.


  • Egan, Gabriel.  Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  22 Oct. 2015. 


These titles are available for pre-order now.  If you would order them for your campus library and consider ordering them for your courses and yourselves, I would be grateful.    


All the best,

Evelyn Gajowski


Series Editor, Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series


Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.385  Monday, 31 August 2015


From:        Jennifer Drouin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 28, 2015 at 4:46:12 PM EDT

Subject:    Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies


The Department of English within the College of Arts & Science at The University of Alabama seeks an established scholar, committed mentor, and dynamic administrator to serve as the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. The privately endowed Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies promotes the study of early modern British literature and culture through fellowships, lecture series, symposia, seminars, and campus visits from both well-established and emerging scholars, critics, and theorists. Focused on the intellectual and professional development of graduate students, all members of the program are committed to teaching, mentoring, and otherwise fostering a community of future scholars. These efforts are led by the Strode Professor. For further information about the stimulating intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program, please visit our website at


The Hudson Strode Professor of English will serve as Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and is responsible for supervising the promotion and activities of the Program, including overseeing graduate recruitment, admissions, and academic success; awarding fellowships and scholarships; planning and leading Strode seminars; and organizing lectures and symposia. The Director is expected to work closely with other faculty members interested in the early modern period.


Applicants for this position should hold a PhD in English or closely related field. Professors and advanced Associate Professors are welcome to apply; all applicants should have a publication profile consistent with appointment as a tenured Professor of English at a research institution with an established doctoral program. Applicants’ prior accomplishments in research, teaching, and mentorship should establish them as recognizable authorities in Shakespeare studies and in the broader field of British Renaissance literature. Successful candidates will have a record of organizational acumen and administrative success. Desired start date is August 16, 2016.


Candidates for this position must visit the University of Alabama website at to initiate an application and upload materials. The online application will include the following documents: a letter of application that includes descriptions of research and publication profile, teaching and student mentoring experience, and administrative experience and approach; and a resume/curriculum vitae. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the chair of the search committee, Professor Albert Pionke, Dept. of English, Box 870244, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244. Applications should be received by October 15, 2015. We expect to conduct preliminary conversations with select applicants via telephone or videoconference and final interviews on campus. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation.


The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.




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