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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0195 Thursday, 13 May 2010
From: John F. Andrews <
Very Special Events
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. We've been riveted by historian Lynne Olson's superb book about three Americans who forged a special relationship between the Great Britain and the United States that has become an enduring anchor of our republic's foreign policy. And we've enjoyed a delightful conversation with John Douglas Thompson, one of today's most charismatic actors, who talked about his title roles in Othello and The Emperor Jones and who has just opened in an Off-Broadway production of The Forest with co-star Dianne Wiest.
Next up will be JAMES SHAPIRO, a best-selling Columbia professor who offers a new approach to the long-standing debate over who wrote the works that have long been attributed to Shakespeare, and award-winning stage and screen star LIEV SCHREIBER, who has one Tony to his credit and is now up for another, along with his co-star Scarlett Johansson, for a riveting Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge.
Both will be presented at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan. If you'd like to reserve a table in the beautiful National Arts Club 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 event.
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.
On Monday, June 14, at 8 p.m. in the National Arts Club, our guest will be LIEV SCHREIBER, who won a 2005 Tony Award for his stirring role in David Mamet's Glengary Glen Ross and who was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Orson Welles in the HBO movie RKO 281. Mr. Schreiber has worked with such actors as Daniel Craig (in the 2008 film Defiance), Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles (in Hamlet 2000), Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman (in 2001's Kate and Leopold), Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington (in a 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate), and Sigourney Weaver (in Neil LaBute's play The Mercy Seat). He won a Drama League Award and received a number of nominations for other honors in the 2007 drama Talk Radio, and he and Scarlett Johansson are both Tony nominees for their moving performances in this season's revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. A talented director as well as a remarkably versatile actor, Mr. Schreiber has thrilled Central Park and Public Theater audiencs in several major Shakespearean roles, among them Hamlet and Henry V. For more details, see www.shakesguild.org/schreiber.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 and an evening at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford will recall a 1988 Hamlet in which Kenneth Branagh performed the title role for the first time. For details, see www.esuwdc.org/calendar.html.
John F. Andrews
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