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Speaking of Shakespeare with Playwright Peter Shaffer
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2166  Wednesday, 12 November 2003

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003 09:40:49 -0500
Subject:        Speaking of Shakespeare with Playwright Peter Shaffer

Monday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South in New York City

Admission $20 ($15 for members of The Shakespeare Guild)

Playwright Peter Shaffer is best known for "Amadeus," a script that won
major prizes in London (among them the 1979 Evening Standard Award) and
New York (the 1981 Tony) before it garnered eight Academy Awards
(including an Oscar for F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri, the
envious rival of Tom Hulce's Mozart) as the best motion picture of 1984.

But several of Sir Peter's other plays have also been exceedingly
successful, among them "Five Finger Exercise" (which opened in London in
1958 under the direction of Sir John Gielgud), "The Royal Hunt of the
Sun" (a 1964 drama which reappeared as a movie in 1969), "Black Comedy"
(1965), and "Equus" (which opened in London in 1973 and earned Shaffer
the Tony Award for Broadway's best play in 1975 before it, too, became a
celebrated film in 1977).

In a departure from our usual format for this series, which normally
involves a dialogue with the head of The Shakespeare Guild, Mr. Shaffer
will deliver some reflections on an earlier playwright that he first
presented several years ago at the University of Oxford. The evocative
title of his lecture, which derives from the final song in "Love's
Labor's Lost," will be "Brooding in the Snow."

Future guests will include Marian Seldes (December 15), Julie Taymor and
Elliot Goldenthal (January 26), and Kevin Kline (February 23). In recent
years attendees at these and related events have conversed with such
stars as F. Murray Abraham, Simon Russell Beale, Brian Bedford, Peter
Brook, Zoe Caldwell, Ben Cameron, Richard Clifford, Richard Easton,
Edward Gero, Henry Goodman, Margot Harley, Anthony Hecht, Hal Holbrook,
Bill Irwin, Dana Ivey, Derek Jacobi, Michael Kahn, Floyd King, George
Garrett, Michael Learned, Ken Ludwig, Judith Martin, John Miller, Lynn
Redgrave, Roger Rees, Cokie Roberts, David Sabin, David Schramm, Susan
Stamberg, Patrick Stewart, Deborah Tannen, and Ted van Griethuysen, and
Garry Wills.

After the brief question-and-answer session that will follow the
lecture, attendees will be invited to a light dessert reception in the
Club lounge.

To order tickets, which may either be booked in advance with major
credit cards or purchased at the door, please get in touch with

John F. Andrews, President
The Shakespeare Guild
2141 Wyoming Avenue NW, Suite 41
Washington, DC 20008-3916
Phone 202 483 8646   Fax 202 483 7824

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