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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1751  Monday, 27 September 2004

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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Sep 2004 18:11:27 -0400
Subject:        Speaking of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Guild Launches Another Stellar Season

Those who took part in Shakespeare Guild activities during 2003-4 -- a
season that involved fruitful collaboration with such leading
institutions as the English-Speaking Union, the National Arts Club, the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the Royal Shakespeare Company --
enjoyed memorable festvities in London, New York, and Washington.

They also had an opportunity to meet and talk with such luminaries as
Bill Alexander, Keith Baxter, Alan Bennett, Dame Judi Dench, Richard
Easton, Clive Francis, Sir Peter Hall, Sir David Hare, Rosemary Harris,
Dana Ivey, Ken Ludwig, Martin Jarvis, Barbara Jefford, Kevin Kline,
Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Pennington, Christopher
Plummer, Ian Richardson, Paul Scofield, Peter Shaffer, and Sir Donald
Sinden.

As you'll see from the roster of activities that follow, our 2004-5
calendar will be equally varied. We'll begin with programs at the
National Arts Club in Manhattan and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in
Washington, and our guests will include actress Zoe Caldwell, director
Karin Coonrod, writer Adam Gopnik, journalist Chris Hedges, producer
Jeffrey Horowitz, and critics John Heilpern and Peter Marks.

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Shakespearean Perspectives during Times of Discord
Monday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Member Rate $25   Non-Member Rate $30

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York City

What does military strife do to those who get caught up in it? And what
do we discover when we view social and political discord through a
Bardic lens? Can Shakespeare shed any light on the conflicts that
dominate today's headlines? To address these topics, we'll welcome Chris
Hedges, an acclaimed correspondent for The New York Times and the author
of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, his sobering analysis of the
horrific effects of patriotic fervor. Joining Mr. Hedges for what
promises to be a provocative interchange will be Karin Coonrod, a gifted
director who is now preparing major productions of Othello and
Coriolanus, John Heilpern, a penetrating critic for the New York
Observer, and Jeffrey Horowitz, the founder of Theatre for a New
Audience, a cutting-edge ensemble which is probably best known as the
incubator for several of Julie Taymor's early experiments, among them a
televised Tempest and a Titus Andronicus that spawned a memorable film
with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the title role.

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An Evening with Actress Zoe Caldwell
Monday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Member Rate $25  Non-Member Rate $30

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York City

Zoe Caldwell and her late husband, the eminent Broadway producer Robert
Whitehead, were once referred to by The New York Times as "Mr. and Mrs.
Theater." Ms. Caldwell is one of the most charismatic and versatile
artists of our time. An acclaimed director as well as a remarkable stage
actress, she has worked with such legends as Judith Anderson, Edith
Evans, Tyrone Guthrie, Charles Laughton, Audra McDonald, Christopher
Plummer, Paul Robeson, and Tennessee Williams. She holds four Tony
Awards, among them a laurel for her title part in Euripides' Medea
(1982) and another for her portrayal of Maria Callas in Terrence
McNally's Master Class (1993). Among her dozens of accolades, Miss
Caldwell received the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts
during a 1998 ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Two years ago
she published a charming memoir, I Will Be Cleopatra, and she'll draw
anecdotes from and sign copies of that book.

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A Spotlight on The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik
Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $15  Non-Member Rate $18

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW, Washington

The witty, insightful author who delighted us with Paris to the Moon,
his best-selling account of the years that he and his family spent in
the City of Light, has now compiled selections from three centuries of
reflections by other Americans who've fallen in love with the storied
French capital. It's called Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology,
and volumes will be available for purchase and inscription. Also on a
diverse evening's agenda will be Shakespeare, about whom Adam Gopnik
spoke during a 2002 Lincoln Center tribute to Kevin Kline, and about
whom he has written brilliantly in a recent paean to Stephen
Greenblatt's biography of Will in the World. As a reporter at The New
Yorker since 1986, Mr. Gopnik has earned two National Magazine Awards.
In 1998 his "Paris Journal" sequence garnered him the George Polk Award
for Magazine Reporting.

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A Dialogue with The Washington Post's Peter Marks

Tuesday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $12   Non-Member Rate $16

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW, Washington

Peter Marks, the Washington Post's chief drama critic, will join Guild
president John Andrews in a discussion of the National Capital area's
recent emergence as a major center for the performing arts. Looking at
venues both large and small, Mr. Marks will explore some of the factors
that make the mid-Atlantic region so appealing for gifted actors and
directors. Before he arrived in his current home, Mr. Marks spent a busy
decade as a reviewer and reporter for The New York Times, focusing
primarily on Off-Broadway productions. He recently received a Humanities
Council award for all he's contributed to the cultural life of the
District of Columbia.

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Member rates for the events listed above are available to those
affiliated not only with The Shakespeare Guild, but with such allied
organizations as Americans for the Arts, The British-American Business
Association, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Cultural Alliance of
Greater Washington, The English-Speaking Union, The Folger Shakespeare
Library, Footlights, The London School of Economics, The National Arts
Club, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for
the Humanities, The Royal Oak Foundation, The Royal Shakespeare Company,
Shaksper, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare's Globe, The
Shakespeare Society, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Washington Shakespeare
Company, The Woman's National Democratic Club, and The Women's Committee
of the National Symphony Orchestra.

To make reservations, or to request additional information, please contact

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
Phone 202 234 4602   Fax 202 234 4639

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