2009

"An Age of Kings"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0149  Monday, 30 March 2009

From:       Lynn Brenner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Sunday, 29 Mar 2009 10:46:21 EDT
Subject:    "An Age of Kings" Released at Last!

This wonderful 1961 BBC series  --  the history plays from Richard II 
through Richard III, with a cast that includes Robert Hardy, Judi Dench, 
and a pre-Bond Sean Connery as Hotspur  --  is finally available on DVD.

Here's the link to the New York Times story about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/arts/television/29hobe.html?scp=1&sq=%22an%20age%20of%20kings%22&st=cse


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50 Best American Plays

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0148  Monday, 30 March 2009

[1]  From:  R. A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
      Date:  Friday, 27 Mar 2009 09:24:01 -0500
      Subj:  Re: SHK 20.0142 50 Best American Plays

[2]  From:  Mari Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
      Date:  Friday, 27 Mar 2009 10:52:11 -0400
      Subj:  Re: SHK 20.0142 50 Best American Plays


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From:       R. A. Cantrell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Friday, 27 Mar 2009 09:24:01 -0500
Subject: 20.0142 50 Best American Plays
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0142 50 Best American Plays

Just so we don't get lost, you might remind us by way of some sort of 
list of the plays you consider "world class."

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From:       Mari Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Friday, 27 Mar 2009 10:52:11 -0400
Subject: 20.0142 50 Best American Plays
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0142 50 Best American Plays

To Bob Grumman -

Perhaps you do not find the drama inherent in family to be as 
significant as drama about kings and princes.

That is a judgment that each of us makes.

For me, the power of the family drama resonates with the drama of kings 
and nations, which in many ways are simply family writ large.

Long Day's Journey Into Night (to choose just one example) could easily 
be read as metaphor for what is going on in the world today. And unless 
you believe that the only purpose of drama is to make political 
observations, you can, if you attend it with a mind not already barred 
by the "it can't be any good it's by an American and all about family" 
prejudice, find characters as moving and engaging as any in 
Shakespeare's drama. I would argue that the same is true of many other 
outstanding American dramas.

I've read them, seen them, taught them. They *speak* - to their 
audiences, to the world. They are "plebeian" in the status of their 
characters, perhaps, but they are far from plebeian in their quality as 
drama, as story, as metaphor.

Simply because the heroes of American plays do not meet the Aristotelian 
conception of "nobility" (being kings and queens of their families 
rather than their nations), they are not robbed of the potential to be 
"great" men/women.

Oh . . . I did mean to ask the nay-sayers... where does Ibsen with his 
problem plays fit in your scale of "Greatness" of drama?  What about 
Cyrano?  Moliere's creations?  Or are the only "great" plays those 
written by that fellow from Stratford-upon-Avon?

Mari Bonomi

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Shakespeare in Ireland

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0146  Monday, 30 March 2009

From:       Patrick Lonergan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 12:00:49 -0000
Subject:    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Shakespeare in Ireland

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Shakespearean Performance in Dublin and Belfast, 1660-1900
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

A vacancy exists for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a research 
project on Shakespeare and Ireland, which is funded by The Irish 
Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). This 
project will create a record of performances of Shakespeare's plays in 
Dublin and Belfast, from the Restoration to the foundation of the Abbey 
Theatre.

The successful candidate will carry out research on Shakespearean 
performance in Dublin and Belfast, 1660-1900, and will undertake other 
related tasks. Candidates should have been awarded the degree of PhD on 
or before August 2009. Proven expertise in at least two of the following 
areas is desirable for the position:

. Irish theatre history
. Shakespeare in performance
. Archival research
. Critical editing
. Web-authoring and design

The postdoctoral researcher will be paid ?31,745 per annum. Provision 
will be made for some travel and research expenses, subject to terms and 
conditions. The researcher will be expected to participate in and 
contribute fully to the activities of NUI Galway on a full-time basis 
during the course of their funding. The post is tenable for one year.

START DATE 1st September 2009

APPLICATION
To apply, please send a letter of application (outlining your 
qualifications for the position), an academic CV, two academic 
references, and a writing sample to Dr Patrick Lonergan.

Applications and references may be sent via e-mail to 
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Postal applications may be sent to Dr. Patrick Lonergan, English, School 
of Humanities, NUI Galway, Ireland.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr. Patrick 
Lonergan via e-mail or by phone at + 353 91 49 5609

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Monday 4th May 2009.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunity employer.

Further information about this post is available on 
www.nuigalway.ie/vacancies

Dr Patrick Lonergan
Room 301, Tower Block 1
English Department
NUI Galway
Ireland
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Bernard Shaw and "All's Well"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0147  Monday, 30 March 2009

From:       Matthew Henerson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Friday, 27 Mar 2009 11:26:22 -0700
Subject:    Bernard Shaw and "All's Well"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I'm doing a little unofficial dramaturgy for a friend who is directing 
All's Well this summer at a local festival. In my preliminary research, 
I'm finding Shaw quoted quite a bit, most often in letters. Does anybody 
know if he wrote at length on the play, and if so, in what context?

Many thanks,
Matt Henerson

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The PROBE Command Explanation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0145  Monday, 30 March 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Monday, March 30, 2009
Subject:    The PROBE Command Explanation

Dear SHAKSPERean,

With the date for signing my retirement papers looming, I am, of 
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One such involves what I pay for my Listserv license. Without further 
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My apologies if you do mind; if this is the case, you need do nothing 
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