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James Shapiro, Marlowe & The Shakespeare Society
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0531  Wednesday, 28 October 2009

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Date:       Friday, 23 Oct 2009 11:11:13 -0400
Subject:    James Shapiro, Marlowe & The Shakespeare Society

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The Shakespeare Society in Association With Red Bull Theater Presents

Marlowe Vs. Shakespeare: Rivalry, Imitation, and Influence

Featuring: John Douglas Thompson, Matthew Rauch, And James Shapiro Of 
Columbia University
Monday, November 9 At 7pm
At Kaye Playhouse

The Shakespeare Society (Michael Sexton, Artistic Director) will present 
Marlowe vs. Shakespeare: Rivalry, Imitation, and Influence, featuring 
John Douglas Thompson who plays the title role in the acclaimed Irish 
Rep revival of The Emperor Jones in a performance that was called 
"wondrous" by Ben Brantley in The New York Times; Matthew Rauch who 
currently stars in Still Life at MCC; and Columbia professor James 
Shapiro, author of the acclaimed book 1599: A Year in the Life of 
William Shakespeare, on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 pm at the Kaye 
Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68 Street, between Park and Lexington 
Avenues.  A limited number of tickets, priced at $25, are available from 
the Kaye box office at (212) 772-4448. For Shakespeare Society 
membership information or information about this event, call 
212-967-6802 or go to www.shakespearesociety.org. The evening is 
presented in association with Red Bull Theater.

An evening of performance and discussion, Marlowe vs. Shakespeare: 
Rivalry, Imitation, and Influence will be a thrilling look at two giants 
of the Elizabethan stage. Born in the same year as Shakespeare, 
Christopher Marlowe died at the age of 29, having revolutionized English 
dramatic poetry with a series of dark, exuberant, and wildly theatrical 
plays. The rivalry between these two great poets and Marlowe's influence 
on Shakespeare's work will be the subjects of this evening, which will 
feature readings from the works of both playwrights and commentary by 
one of the world's greatest Shakespeare scholars.

James Shapiro is currently Larry Miller Professor of English and 
Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 
1985. He the author of Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare 
(1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau: The Troubling 
Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play (2000), and 1599: A Year 
in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), which was awarded the Samuel 
Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book published in Britain in 
2005.  His next book, out in April 2010, is Contested Will: Who Wrote 
Shakespeare?  He has been awarded fellowships from the NEH, the 
Guggenheim Foundation, and The New York Public Library Cullman Center 
for Scholars and Writers. He works regularly with theaters and acting 
companies in the US and Britain and is a member of the Board of 
Governors at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

John Douglas Thompson is currently playing the title role in Emperor 
Jones at the Irish Repertory Theater. Recent work includes Dreamer 
Examines His Pillow and Othello at Shakespeare and Company, Othello at 
Theater for a New Audience (OBIE, Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama 
League nomination). Mr. Thompson's Broadway credits include: Le Bret in 
Cyrano De Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner and Julius 
Caesar with Denzel Washington. International credits include Hotspur in 
Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company). Other Off-Broadway credits are 
Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre), Enobarbus in Antony and 
Cleopatra, Orombo in Oroonoko (TFANA, AUDELCO nomination), Judge Brack 
in Hedda Gabler (NYTW), Edgar in King Lear (Classical Theatre of Harlem, 
AUDELCO nomination), Overtime (MTC), and The Changeling (The Salon). 
Regionally he has appeared as Lucius Jenkins in Jesus Hopped The A Train 
(Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award Winner) and as Hotspur in Henry IV 
(Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), as well as in Bus Stop (Williamstown 
Theater), Othello, Preface To An Alien Garden, Measure for Measure 
(Trinity Rep), Mother Courage, Full Circle, Marat/Sade, The Winter's 
Tale, Antigone, Richard II (ART), and Spunk (Portland Stage). Television 
includes Conviction, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and All My 
Children. He has appeared in the films Michael Clayton and Malcolm X.

Matthew Rauch's Broadway credits include Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout) 
and his off-Broadway credits include Still Life (MCC), Edward the Second 
(Red Bull), 1001 (Page 73), Expats (New Group), The Prime of Miss Jean 
Brodie (New Group), In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Keen 
Company), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull), Hurlyburly (New Group), 
Book of Days (Signature Theatre)  Regional: Red Dog Howls at the El 
Portal in Los Angeles, The Front Page at Williamstown, Scramble! at 
Westport Playhouse, Modern Orthodox at Long Wharf, The Miser at Arena 
Stage, Macbeth and Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre, Book of Days at 
Hartford Stage, Arcadia and Ghosts at Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, The 
Brothers Karamazov at Cincinnati Playhouse, Cakewalk, The L.A. Plays, 
and Black Snow at American Repertory Theatre, several plays at the 
O'Neill, and many others. Film: Stags, The Absence, No Reservations, 
Order of Redemption, Invitation to a Suicide, Frankenfish. TV work 
includes "Without a Trace," "Criminal Intent," "Jonny Zero," "Navy 
NCIS," "Leap of Faith," "The DA," "Law and Order," "Metropolis" (pilot). 
He is the author (with Brad Shelton) of two films (Between Two Waves and 
Fever) and three television shows (In Between Days, House of Cards, and 
Doctor Bob). Mr. Rauch is a graduate of both the ART Institute at 
Harvard and Princeton University. He will next appear in The Duchess of 
Malfi for Red Bull Theater in February.

The Shakespeare Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to 
increasing the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of William 
Shakespeare's works through performance, commentary, and educational 
activities. Shakespeare Society's Education Programs include the Hunts 
Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble in the South Bronx performing The 
Tempest, after having spent the entire school year with our teaching 
artists studying the play. Our Shakespeare In Schools program places 
trained teaching artists in more than 35 New York City schools and 
reaches more than 3,500 students every year. The newly established 
Shakespeare Works residency program provides vital support for 
Shakespearean directors and actors and demonstrates the Society's 
commitment to keeping Shakespeare an important part of the New York City 
cultural landscape.

Red Bull Theater is the Off Broadway theater dedicated to the 
presentation of vital and imaginative productions of heightened language 
plays and to the development of new plays written in a similar vein. 
With a special focus on the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his 
contemporaries, Red Bull Theater aspires to challenge the intellect and 
engage the imagination of today's theatergoers through language-based, 
company created, resonantly provocative stagings of great classic stories.

Michael Sexton
Executive and Artistic Director
www.shakespearesociety.org
212-967-6803 (o)
646-267-2312 (c)
	
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