The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0804 Monday, 7 September 1998.
From: John F. Andrews <
Date: Sunday, 6 Sep 1998 10:15:00 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare Guild Announcements
Shakespeareans within range of the Washington area might be interested
in some upcoming programs from The Shakespeare Guild.
The first, to take place from 5:00 to 6:00 on Wednesday, September 9th,
in the Ballroom of The National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, 13th
Floor, Washington, DC 20045), will be a dialogue with director Peter
Brook, who has just published a memoir, "Threads of Time," under the
imprint of Counterpoint Books. Mr. Brook will chat for half an hour or
so with Guild president John F. Andrews, and then he will respond to
questions from the audience.
This gathering, which will launch a new monthly series to be called
"Speaking of Shakespeare," is limited to, but free of charge for,
members and guests of The Shakespeare Guild and The National Press Club.
The least expensive level of membership in the Guild is $100 per year,
but SHAKSPER subscribers who wish to join in time for this event may do
so at a special rate of $50.
The second program in the series, to take place from 6:00 to 7:30 on
Monday, October 5th, at the Rotunda of The British Embassy (3100
Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008) will initiate a sequence
of three "Speaking of Shakespeare" sessions on The Shakespeare Theatre
in the Nation's Capital. The October colloquy will showcase three of
the company's leading performers, Emery Battis, Edward Gero, and Ted van
Griethuysen, and, like the other offerings in the sequence, it will
conclude with a light reception.
The second and third installments in the Shakespeare Theatre triad will
take place at The National Press Club. One, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on
Monday, November 16th, will be a conversation with comic virtuoso Floyd
King. The other, from 6:00 to 7:30 on Wednesday, December 2nd, will
provide attendees an opportunity to hear and meet artistic director
The price for members of The Shakespeare Guild, The National Press Club,
and the Washington chapter of The English-Speaking Union will be $20 per
event or $50 for a package of three. The non-member prices will be $30
and $75 respectively.
To reserve places for these or other programs, or to inquire about
membership in The Shakespeare Guild, you may either send an e-mail to
John Andrews (
) or fax him at 202-483-7824. The Guild
address is 2141 Wyoming Avenue NW, Suite 41, Washington, DC 20008-3916,
and its telephone number is 202-483-8646. Mr. Andrews will be happy to
mail or fax detailed information about the Guild and its activities to
anyone who requests it.
"Speaking of Shakespeare" will be a series of informal conversations in
which engaging personalities reflect about the playwright and about the
many ways in which he continues to inform our drama, our literature, our
popular entertainment, and virtually every other aspect of our social,
political, and cultural lives. Modeled on such formats as the Bravo
channel's "Inside the Actors Studio," these monthly get-togethers will
focus on the careers, interests, and passions of theater professionals,
film and television stars, writers, scholars, and other public figures.
Most of the winter and spring dates for the series are yet to be
completed, but one program that is now set will take place on Monday,
February 8th. It will feature Judith Martin (a.k.a. Miss Manners) and
Deborah Tannen (author of several gender-based communication studies,
among them the best-seller "You Just Don't Understand"). Another
offering will include "All Things Considered" hostess Linda Wertheimer
and one or two of her prominent NPR colleagues. A third, to be scheduled
for April at The National Press Club, will put the spotlight on the
Guild's 1999 recipient of the Sir John Gielgud Award for Excellence in
the Dramatic Arts. Past honorees have been Sir Ian McKellen (1996), Sir
Derek Jacobi (1997), and Miss Zoe Caldwell (1998), all three of whom
have addressed NPC luncheons with remarks that were carried over NPR and