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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0094 Thursday, 4 March 2010
From: John F. Andrews <
On MONDAY, MARCH 22, at 8 p.m. at the National Arts Club in New York, the Shakespeare Guild and the Nation's Capital branch of the English-Speaking Union converse with JEAN TROUNSTINE and CURT TOFTELAND, will talk with two inspiring directors who have taken Shakespeare Behind Bars. Ms. Trounstine has written a book about her experience working with inmates at a women's penitentiary in Massachusetts. Mr. Tofteland's efforts of a similar character in a Kentucky prison have been commemorated in an award-winning PBS documentary. They've long admired and supported one another's endeavors, and they'll both remind us of the marvels that "Will Power" can produce even in the most unpromising circumstances. See www.shakesguild.org/bars.html <http://www.shakesguild.org/bars.html> <http://www.shakesguild.org/bars.html> for more details about this event.
On MONDAY, APRIL 12, at 8 p.m. in the National Arts Club, we'll talk with one of today's most admired actors. JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON will soon be co-starring with Dianne Wiest in The Forest, a Broadway drama that opens April 23. In recent years he has appeared with such stars as Jennifer Garner, Kevin Kline, and Denzel Washington in productions of classics like Cyrano de Bergerac, The Emperor Jones, and Julius Caesar. Last year he won both an Obie and a Lucille Lortel Award for his title role in an Othello that originated at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires and earned critical plaudits at Theatre for a New Audience in Manhattan. Mr. Thompson's many screen credits include roles in the film Michael Clayton and on such television series as Law & Order. For details, see www.shakesguild.org/Thompson.html <http://www.shakesguild.org/Thompson.html> <http://www.shakesguild.org/Thompson.html> <http://www.shakesguild.org/Thompson.html> .
On TUESDAY, MAY 18, at 8 p.m. in the National Arts Club, our guest will be JAMES SHAPIRO, a popular Columbia professor who's written for the New York Times and other periodicals and has given us such influential books as Shakespeare and the Jews (1996) and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005). Dr. Shapiro has been a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation, and has lectured in such venues as the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. He'll discuss his latest volume, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? Copies of the publication will be on hand for purchase and inscription. For more information about this gathering, see www.shakesguild.org/shapiro.html <http://www.shakesguild.org/shapiro.html> .
To register for one or more of these events, or to obtain additional details about them and about other offerings by the Shakespeare Guild or the English-Speaking Union, reply to this message or use the contact details below. We'll be happy to supply you with material from both organizations.
John F. Andrews
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