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The Third Blackfriars Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0516  Monday, 21 March 2005

From:           Susan Hawthorne <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Mar 2005 12:22:01 -0500
Subject:        The Third Blackfriars Conference

17 March 2005

Dear Friends,

This is the second announcement of the Third Blackfriars Conference,
which will take place from the 26th to 30th of October this coming fall.
The conference is dedicated to the memory of C. Walter Hodges.  We have
a remarkable program awaiting you.  Here are some highlights:

Our principle speakers are Andy Gurr, Peter Holland, Barbara Mowat,
Bruce Smith, and Katharine Maus.

Our resident troupe will present five - count 'em, five! - plays for
you: All's Well that Ends Well (which I am co-directing with Stephen
Booth) Comedy of Errors (directed by Curt Tofteland, who is the subject
of the Sundance Film Festival's hit documentary Shakespeare behind Bars)
Hamlet (directed by Murray Ross of TheatreWorks) Three Musketeers
(directed by S2 Artistic Director, Jim Warren) and Anonymous, a play by
Paul Menzer, performed especially for the conference.

Other attractions will include:

The conference unveiling of the playhouse's newly painted frons scenae

Paul Menzer's skit of the first rehearsal of Act One, scene five, of
Hamlet - a big hit at our Second Blackfriars Conference and back by
popular demand

Tiffany Stern moderating the resident troupe's discussion of its first
Actors' Renaissance Season - an attempt to re-create some of the
dynamics of original rehearsal practices with no director and with
scarcely more than a week's rehearsal time for each show

Early-arrivers party at my house on Tuesday 25 October

An opening banquet hosted by Mary Baldwin College

City of Staunton luncheon in honor of the scholars

A final banquet (perhaps in the fabulous ballroom of the soon to be
renovated  Stonewall Jackson Hotel)

A presentation in honor of C. Walter Hodges

We invite you to submit an abstract by the 31st of May.  Papers should
be on some aspect of the performance of early modern plays from props to
texts, from ticket prices to tumbling tricks. We limit papers to ten
minutes reading time.  Papers that use actors in the presentation will
have a thirteen-minute limit.  If you plan to use our actors, please
include in your abstract the number you will need (no more than three,
please) and suggest what they will be doing (even if you have to guess).

We are also accepting proposals for workshops of fifty minutes. We want
all sessions except workshops to be plenary, so participation in the
conference cannot exceed the 250 seats available at the Blackfriars.

The conference fee is $275 (the increase of $25 is to help defray the
cost of the new frons scenae).  Housing costs will depend on where you
wish to stay.  A new conference center (the old Stonewall Jackson Hotel)
is opening directly next door to the Blackfriars, and the management is
offering attendees at the conference the special rate of $100 per room.
   B&B's - all walking distance - run from $75 to $150 per night, and
motels in the area can cost as little as $50.

To reserve a place at the conference notify Susan Hawthorne and let her
know if you plan to submit an abstract -

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for a limited number of rooms at the conference center and will also be
glad to send you a list of B&B's and motels and their rates.  It would
be helpful if you could send your conference fee by May 31st.  (That fee
is refundable until September 15th.)

I am thrilled by the prospect of seeing you here in Staunton and looking
forward to sharing ideas and work on early modern drama.

Yours sincerely,
Ralph

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