The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1946 Tuesday, 17 October 2000.
From: Hardy Cook <
Date: Friday, 13 Oct 2000 11:25:06 -0400
Subject: Speaking of Shakespeare
UPCOMING "SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE" EVENTS
Over the next several weeks, The Shakespeare Guild will be hosting three
programs in its "Speaking of Shakespeare" series. One will take place in
New York, at the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street), and the other
two will take place in Washington, at the National Press Club (529 14th
Street NW). All three are open to SHAKSPERians at the Guild-member rate
On Monday, October 23rd, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Algonquin, we'll
chatting with the couple a New York Times reporter once dubbed "Mr. and
Theater" -- producer ROBERT WHITEHEAD and his wife ZOE CALDWELL.
An acclaimed director as well as a remarkable stage actress, Ms.
Caldwell has worked with such legends as Dame Judith Anderson, Dame
Edith Evans, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Charles Laughton, Christopher Plummer,
and Paul Robeson. She holds no fewer than four Tony Awards, including
one for the title part in "Medea" (1982) and another for the role of
Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's "Master Class" (1993). In 1998 she
received the Guild's third annual Gielgud Award in a ceremony at the
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Mr. Whitehead's half-century on Broadway has enriched our culture with
original productions or major revivals of classics by such playwrights
as T. S. Eliot, Jean Kerr, William Luce, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard,
Thornton Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. As partner of the late Roger
Stevens, Mr. Whitehead brought Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph
Richardson to New York and Washington in 1976 in Harold Pinter's "No
Man's Land." Other performers who've appeared in Whitehead-Stevens
productions include such luminaries as Hume Cronyn, Lynn Fontainne,
Lillian Gish, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Katherine Hepburn, Dustin
Hoffman, Alfred Lunt, Jason Robards, and Jessica Tandy.
The Algonquin will be offering accommodations at steeply discounted
rates ($299) for Sunday and Monday nights, October 22-23. The hotel will
also make its specially priced pre-theater menu ($30 for a three-course
meal) available for guests who'd like to have dinner in the famous Rose
Room after Monday night's proceedings.
As you probably know, the Algonquin was the setting in which "The New
Yorker" was created, and it was here that the wits who called themselves
the "vicious circle" -- among them Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun,
George S. Kaufman, Ring Lardner, and Dorothy Parker -- gathered for
lunch around their immortal "Round Table." As a tribute to these and
other Algonquin traditions, the Guild will be referring to its
"Speaking" engagements there as "Nights at the Round Table."
Meanwhile, the Guild is now in its third season at the National Press
Club in Washington. Our next guest there, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on
Thursday, November 30th, will be E. R. BRAITHWAITE, the inspirational
teacher whose "To Sir With Love," a moving account of the trials he
faced in a troubled east London school, provided actor Sidney Poitier
with one of his most memorable film roles and pop singer Lulu with one
of her most lyrical recordings.
On Monday, December 11th, again from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., we'll talk with
reviewer MICHAEL DIRDA, whose engaging commentary for the Washington
Post's "Book World" earned him a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished
Criticism in 1993.
To place orders for any of these gatherings or to seek further
information, please get in touch with Guild president John Andrews by
phone (202 483 8646), fax (202 483 7824), or e-mail