2004

Macbeth' with No Lady

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1992  Monday, 22 November 2004

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 21 Nov 2004 13:16:24 -0500
Subject:        'Macbeth' with No Lady?

http://www.calendarlive.com/stage/cl-ca-macbeth21nov21,2,5415234.htmlstory?coll=cl-home-more-channels

THEATER
'Macbeth' with no lady?

Stephen Dillane brings the tragedy to life as the only actor onstage,
but it was a partnership with director Travis Preston that brought the
studied staging to REDCAT.
By Jan Breslauer
Special to The Times

Nov 21 2004

In a nearly pitch-dark room, the banquet scene from Shakespeare's
"Macbeth" is coming alive.

"Come, love and health to all ... ," intones the host as he crosses a
stage covered with shimmering black sand and makes his way toward a bank
of chairs that are suddenly - and invisibly - filled with feasting guests.

A ghost appears as the tormented Macbeth proposes a toast: "I drink to
th' general joy o' th' whole table, / And to our dear friend Banquo,
whom we miss."

It is a visceral scene, and Macbeth's anguish is palpable. Everyone is
there: a French-speaking Lady Macbeth at her husband's side, Banquo's
ghost and of course the reveling lords. But this is hardly Shakespearean
business as usual.

There is, after all, only one actor bringing this entire tragedy to life.

Yes, one: Stephen Dillane. And one director: Travis Preston. Together,
they have ensconced themselves in this black box theater on the CalArts
campus, bent on forging a staging of Shakespeare's play that is singular
in more than one sense of the word.

In "Macbeth (A Modern Ecstasy)," Dillane performs the whole play solo,
accompanied by a trio of musicians led by jazz artist Vinny Golia. The
production, which begins previews Tuesday, opens Dec. 1 at REDCAT.

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PERICLES at the City College of New York

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1991  Monday, 22 November 2004

From:           Steve Urkowitz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 20 Nov 2004 10:53:05 EST
Subject:        PERICLES at the City College of New York

If you can't get to the Washington DC production,
     I'm directing a PERICLES at CCNY.

Aaron Davis Hall, Theatre B
134th Street and Convent Avenue
(one block east of Amsterdam Ave)

Thursday, December 2 at 12:15 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
December 2, 3, 4 at 7 pm
Free admission
Free parking for evening performances
   immediately behind the theatre
   in campus lot; enter at 133rd Street

For further information, call 212 650-6666.

Steve Urkowitz

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Criterion DVD Sale at DVDempire

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1989  Monday, 22 November 2004

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 2004 23:48:53 -0500
Subject:        Criterion DVD Sale at DVDempire

Olivier's Richard III is going for $21.95.  List price is $39.95.

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=00000987862462&item_id=576210&site_id=4

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The Monkeys Are Back

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1990  Monday, 22 November 2004

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 22 Nov 2004 00:59:33 -0800
Subject:        The Monkeys Are Back

We probably don't have to discuss the theory or practice of this but the
Shakespeare-typing-monkeys are back, at a website that produces random
keystrokes and continuously compares the output to Shakespeare's
complete works.  The engine is at
http://user.tninet.se/~ecf599g/aardasnails/java/Monkey/webpages/ If you
are so inclined, you can let the simulated monkeys type in the
background and try to catch them making a record.

Don't expect much but the monkeys regularly type 19 letters in a row.
For example, even as I write, they just echoed Hamlet: "After
3.64939e+37 pages in this session, a monkey typed: 'Barnardo. Who's
thev32VXjwG"7-T,kE;!Nh7Qi!v).Zgn:...' the first 19 letters of which
match Hamlet:  'Barnardo. Who's there? Fran. Nay answer me: Stand &
vnfold your selfe..."  (I see the simulator uses the original spelling
text.)  Since the simulator began running in July 2003 the high point in
literary recreation was 22 letters from Cymbeline.

BTW there are posts in the Shaksper archives both serious and playful on
this.  Hardy's search engine declined to search on "monkeys," but my
random search in 2002 accidentally hit on an article from the Times of
London: http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2002/1121.html

Cheers,
Al Magary

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ESU Attractions for the Holidays

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1988  Monday, 22 November 2004

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Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 2004 06:26:01 -0500
Subject:        ESU Attractions for the Holidays

ESU Attractions for the Holidays

Dear Colleague,

We're pleased to announce an splendid array of upcoming events, among
them a January 4 luncheon engagement with SIR HAROLD EVANS, whose new
PBS series, THEY MADE AMERICA, is now being shown on WETA TV. Other
luminaries on our calendar of coming attractions include British
historian SIR MAX HASTINGS and Stratford-based Shakespeare authority
STANLEY WELLS. For information about additional ESU activities, see
www.esuwdc.org/calendar.html.

We hope you'll join us for some if not all of these gatherings, and that
you'll be so kind as to convey this information to the audiences you serve.

With immense gratitude,
John Andrews

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Renaissance Scholar Stanley Wells

INTRODUCING A NEW BOOK ABOUT SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Cash Bar Reception 6:00, Dinner 6:45, Program 7:30 p.m.

WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW

$30 for Constituents of the American Friends of the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust, the British-American Business Association, the
English-Speaking Union, RSC America, and The Shakespeare Guild; $35 for
Others

If you like Shakespeare, the odds are good that you're indebted to the
editor, historian, and critic who will be our principal speaker for this
stellar gathering. Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust, a former member of the Board of Governors of the Royal
Shakespeare Company, Professor of Shakespeare Studies Emeritus at the
University of Birmingham, a frequent contributor to the Times Literary
Supplement and other noted periodicals, and General Editor of The Oxford
Shakespeare, a highly regarded collection of the complete works.

For many years Dr. Wells edited Shakespeare Survey, a distinguished
annual, and presided over the Shakespeare Institute in
Stratford-upon-Avon. Meanwhile, he has compiled (often with eminent
co-authors) such significant volumes as The New Penguin Shakespeare, The
Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare,
Looking for Sex in Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Theatre, Shakespeare
and the Moving Image, Shakespeare and Sexuality, Shakespeare: A Dramatic
Life, and Shakespeare: For All Time.

Dr. Wells and his colleague, Dr. Paul Edmondson, Director of Education
for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, will be with us to talk about, and
sign copies of, their new publication about Shakespeare's Sonnets.

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Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45

A PRESENTATION BY BRITISH JOURNALIST SIR MAX HASTINGS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2

Lunch at 12:00 Noon, Program at 12:30 p.m.

THE EISENHOWER INSTITUTE, 915 15th Street NW, 8th Floor

$15 a Person

After completing a degree at Oxford, Max Hastings became a foreign
correspondent, reporting from more than sixty countries and eleven wars
for BBC TV and for London's Evening Standard. One of his best-selling
volumes, Bomber Command, won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and two titles,
Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands, won the Yorkshire Post's
citation for Book of the Year. Following a ten-year stint as Editor and
then Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph, Hastings became Editor of
the Evening Standard in 1996, a position from which he retired in 2001,
a few months before he received a well-merited knighthood from Her
Majesty the Queen. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Sir Max
has won numerous awards, among them Journalist of the Year and Editor of
the Year.

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Sir Harold Evans Discusses "They Made America"

A MAJOR BOOK THAT IS BEING FEATURED IN A NEW PBS SERIES

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

Cash Bar Reception 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:30 p.m., Program 1:00 p.m.

WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW

$25 for Attendees Not Affiliated with the WNDC

We're delighted to welcome the critically acclaimed authority behind a
beautiful volume that is now being featured in a celebrated PBS series.
They Made America is Sir Harold Evans' sequel to The American Century, a
best-seller that was named Book of the Year by both the New York Times
and Publishers Weekly.

Before he and his wife, Tina Brown, moved to the United States, Sir
Harold presided over the venerable Times of London. His was a reign of
excellence that lasted for a decade and a half (1967-82), and it
prompted his fellow journalists to honor him as Britain's
all-time-greatest newspaper editor. From 1990 to 1997 Sir Harold served
as president and publisher of the Random House trade group in New York,
and between 1997 and 1999 he guided the editorial fortunes of such
magazines as The Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News & World Report.

Sir Harold will provide highlights of an overview that conveys readers
from the steam engine to the search engine. He'll profile such vivid
personalities as Gary Kildall, who gave us the operating system that
facilitated the personal computer, Estee Lauder, who founded a legendary
cosmetics empire, and Ted Turner, who invented the 24-hour news channel.
Copies of They Made America will be available for purchase and for
inscription by their eminent author.

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Reserving for ESU Events

To obtain more detail about any of the programs described above, and to
make reservations for them, respondents may simply reply to this message
or call (202) 234-4602. The ESU will be happy to process orders that are
placed with MasterCard and Visa accounts.

John F. Andrews, OBE
Executive Director, Nation's Capital Branch
    The English-Speaking Union
President, The Shakespeare Guild
1604 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512

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