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Folger's QEI Exhibition and Shakespeare Theatre's R3
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0630  Tuesday, 1 April 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Subject:        Folger's QEI Exhibition and Shakespeare Theatre's R3

The Washington Post today features two articles that might be of
interest to SHAKSPEReans.

A story about the Folger Library's Queen Elizabeth I exhibition:

At the Folger, the Long, Fertile Reign of Good Queen Bess Exhibit
By Philip Kennicott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 1, 2003; Page C02

It's been decades, at least, since the last time the Folger Shakespeare
Library devoted an exhibition entirely to the first Queen Elizabeth.
That's surprising. We tend to use "Shakespearean" and "Elizabethan"
almost as synonyms, as if the era in human imagination marked by the
first of those terms overlapped entirely with the era in human political
affairs marked by the second. If there is a message to be gleaned from
the new exhibition "Elizabeth I, Then and Now," mounted at the Folger
(to mark the 400th anniversary of her death), it is a cautionary one.
One can find evidence of Elizabeth's doings in Shakespeare's works, and
no poet better chronicled the zeitgeist of her reign; but she is her own
figure, and for all the fascination of Shakespeare's poetic kings and
queens, the reality of Elizabeth may be even more intriguing.

The exhibition, years in the making, documents Elizabeth's life
(1533-1603), from coronation to funeral, with letters, books, documents,
artwork and samples of the paraphernalia of everyday life.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63542-2003Mar31.html

And a review of the Shakespeare Theatre's Richard III:

'Richard III': Rolling Over The Competition
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 1, 2003; Page C01

Oh, how Shakespeare might have loved the macabre bit of stagecraft that
director Gale Edwards pulls off in her compulsively watchable "Richard
III." The scene is the famous one in which the brazen Richard displays
the breadth of his audacious nature, wooing Lady Anne over the body of
her husband, the king whom Richard has just butchered.  The line in
question belongs to the grieving Anne -- "See dead Henry's wounds open
their mouths and bleed afresh! -- but the imaginative coup is the
director's. Edwards interprets Anne's declaration as a direct challenge
to her technical crew, and voila! From the wrapped corpse spreads a
crimson tide that gushes from shroud to floor.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63536-2003Mar31.html

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