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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0164 Friday, 9 April 2010
From: John F. Andrews <
More Guildy Pleasures
In recent months we've relished engagements with such luminaries as Robert Brustein, Richard Easton, Barry Edelstein, Marjorie Garber, Adam Gopnik, Judith Martin, and Deborah Tannen. We've gone Around Town in the Nation's Capital with Robert Aubry Davis and his fellow WETA panelists. We've taken Shakespeare Behind Bars with directors Jean Trounstine and Curt Tofteland. And we've enjoyed historian Lynne Olson's riveting account of how three Americans forged a special relationship between the Great Britain and the United States that has become an enduring anchor of our republic's foreign policy.
We now invite you to events with John Douglas Thompson, one of the most charismatic actors on today's New York stage, and James Shapiro, a bestselling Columbia professor who offers a new approach to the debate over who wrote the works that have long been credited to Shakespeare.
Both will be presented at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan. If you'd like to reserve a table in the beautiful NAC dining room prior to either or both programs, call (212) 475-3424, and explain that you'll be attending that evening's Speaking of Shakespeare gathering.
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 orignated 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.
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.
To register for one or both 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.
In closing, we wish to remind you that the Nation's Capital branch of the English-Speaking Union has several enticing programs on tap for the weeks ahead, among them a lecture by Lynne Olson that will be hosted by the British Embassy's Deputy Head of Mission, a dinner gathering with Princeton novelist Sheila Kohler at which she'll discuss Becoming Jane Eyre, and an evening at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford will recall highlights from a 1988 Hamlet in which Kenneth Branagh performed the title role for the first time in his professional career. For details, see www.esuwdc.org/calendar.html.
John F. Andrews
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