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Bardic Attractions for February and Beyond
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0028   Wednesday, 2 February 2011

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Date:         January 28, 2011 4:56:14 PM EST
Subject:      Bardic Attractions for February and Beyond

BARDIC ATTRACTIONS FOR FEBRUARY AND BEYOND

In recent months, the SHAKESPEARE GUILD has offered a variety of enticing events, among them a GIELGUD 
AWARD gala in honor of F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, an evening with EDWARD ALBEE and critic ANNE PAOLUCCI, and 
SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE programs with such guests as writers AMMON SHEA (author of Reading the OED) and 
his wife ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ (author of the New York Times paperback bestseller Inside of a Dog), director 
BRIAN KULICK (who is now producing Chekhov's Three Sisters with starring roles for Maggie Gyllenhaal and 
Peter Sarsgaard), editors JOHN MAHON and TOM PENDLETON of Shakespeare Newsletter, and scholars KATHLEEN 
FITZPATRICK and KATHERINE ROWE, who were featured in an August 24 front-page story in the New York Times 
about the fresh approach they brought to academic peer-review as they compiled a special issue on "New 
Media" for Shakespeare Quarterly. We're now delighted to announce a stellar lineup of attractions for 
February and beyond. We hope you'll join us for some of them. 
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AFTERNOON TEA WITH STRATFORD'S DIANA OWEN
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF NEW YORK, 15 East 65th Street
Guild Members $25, Others $30

We're pleased to welcome DIANA OWEN, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, for a festive tea that 
will inaugurate a week of activities under the auspices of the American Friends of the SBT. After a 
number of years with the National Trust, an organization that presides over stately homes, gardens, and 
other cultural treasures in England, Dr. Owen succeeded Roger Pringle in 2008 as the head of a charity 
that oversees such iconic properties as the house owned by John Shakespeare, the poet's father, and the 
cottages that belonged to the families of his mother, Mary Arden, and his wife, Anne Hathaway. Dr. Owen 
will talk about steps the Shakespeare Centre is taking to make its resources more widely available to 
scholars, theater professionals, and other Shakespeare-lovers around the world.  In all likelihood, 
she'll be joined by STANLEY WELLS, Chairman of the Trust, and PAUL EDMONDSON, who supervises a variety of 
imaginative educational offerings.
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SHAKESPEARE AND THE ART OF PORTRAITURE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York
Guild Members $25, Others $30

In March 2009 news media around the globe reported that custodians of the house where Shakespeare was 
born had concluded that an early 17th-century canvas that resembles a 1623 engraving in the First Folio 
was an earlier and more life-like portrait of the playwright. Now, thanks to the Morgan Library & Museum, 
it will be possible for New Yorkers to see this famous painting. To preview the exhibition and explore 
its ramifications, we invite you to a special gathering with WILLIAM GRISWOLD, Director of the Morgan, 
WALTER LIEDTKE, Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and STANLEY WELLS, 
Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, prolific author, and chief Editor of the Oxford and Penguin 
editions of the complete works. Arranged by sculptor GREG WYATT, this discussion will touch on various 
ways of holding the mirror up to nature. It will be moderated by JOHN ANDREWS, and it will include 
fascinating comparisons with artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
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BRIAN KULICK CONVERSES WITH HAROLD BLOOM
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 7:00 p.m.
CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY, 136 East 13th Street in New York
SPECIAL OFFER: TWO $150 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

On Monday, September 20, Artistic Director BRIAN KULICK of Classic Stage Company took part in the 
Shakespeare Guild's presentation of the 2010 Gielgud Award to F. Murray Abraham. Toward the end of that 
ceremony, attendees heard an eloquent message from critic HAROLD BLOOM, describing Mr. Abraham as one of 
the most powerful and evocative performers of our era. We're now delighted to offer Guild constituents an 
opportunity to enjoy Mr. Kulick and Professor Bloom in conversation, and do so for half the normal price. 
This gathering will benefit the CSC and support its forthcoming revival of Double Falsehood, an 18th-
century adaptation of Cardenio, a now-lost script by Shakespeare and his fellow dramatist John Fletcher. 
One of America's most influential scholars, Harold Bloom is best known for Shakespeare: The Invention of 
the Human. Among other things, he and Mr. Kulick will talk about Double Falsehood in relation to the 
playwright's other late or missing scripts. Full-price tickets for this event are $150 (with $45 tax-
deductible). But if you call the box office at 212-352-3101 or book online at 
www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8647895 and use code BLOOM1, you'll be able to purchase two $150 tickets for 
$75 apiece.
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TAKING SHAKESPEARE FROM PAGE TO STAGE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, at 7:00 p.m.
SANTA FE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe
Free and Open to the Public

How do actors and directors "read" Shakespeare's scripts and translate them into vibrant performances? 
What do they need to know about the contexts in which these works were first produced? These are some of 
the questions that attendees will be invited to explore with JOHN ANDREWS, a scholar who has produced two 
editions of the poet's works, and JERRY FERRACCIO, a theater professional who has delighted audiences in 
such prestigious venues as Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, and the Alabama Shakespeare 
Festival in Montgomery. A former Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Mr. Andrews has compiled two 3-volume 
reference collections on the poet for Scribners and served for several years as chair of the National 
Advisory Panel for PBS's The Shakespeare Plays. A graduate of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, the 
University of Alabama's Professional Actors Training Program, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 
Mr. Ferraccio has produced, directed, acted, and taught in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oregon.
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SHAKESPEARE IN THEATERS AND ON THE SCREEN
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York
Guild Members $25, Others $30

Want an insider's perspective on Sir Derek Jacobi's title role in the King Lear that will be coming to 
BAM this spring? If so, you'll want to be on hand for an engaging conversation with RUSSELL JACKSON, who 
has worked with director Michael Grandage on several influential renderings of Shakespeare's plays. Mr. 
Jackson has also been an advisor on a number of Kenneth Branagh's cinematic classics, among them Henry V, 
Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet, and he recently published Shakespeare Films in the Making. After 
heading the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon for several years, Mr. Jackson now occupies an 
endowed chair at the University of Birmingham. He has helped compile two volumes of Cambridge's popular 
Players of Shakespeare series, in which actors talk about key roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, 
and he co-edited the Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage.
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SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR SHAKESPEARE @ PACE
THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE'S MERCHANT OF VENICE
THE ACTING COMPANY'S COMEDY OF ERRORS
Orchestra Tickets for $49 (Regular Price $75)

Between February 27 and March 13, PACE UNIVERSITY's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (located on 
Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street, near the foot of Brooklyn Bridge) will host a revival of 
THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE's acclaimed production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Starring F. Murray Abraham 
as Shylock, this rendering of Shakespeare's most provocative comedy traveled from Manhattan to Stratford-
upon-Avon in 2007 as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's remarkable Complete Works Festival. It will 
be followed a month later by an April 5-10 New York premiere of THE ACTING COMPANY's rendering of THE 
COMEDY OF ERRORS. Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley, The Acting Company is renowned for 
such distinguished alumni as Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone, and it continues to be a major incubator for 
dramatic talent. See www.theactingcompany.org for background both about the troupe and about its current 
season. Reservations for this spring's Pace shows can be made by phone at 866-811-4111; to obtain 
discounts, specify code GUILD49. To order online, visit www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/773815/prm/Guild49 for 
MERCHANT, and www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/773795/prm/Guild49 for COMEDY.
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For more about these and other SHAKESPEARE GUILD offerings, including details about reserving space, 
click on the link below and visit the Current Events page. 

John F. Andrews
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506?
Phone 505 988 9560 ?
www.shakesguild.org 


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