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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0081 Thursday, 19 May 2011
From New York to Santa Fe
In recent months SHAKESPEARE GUILD programs have provided opportunities for attendees to hear and meet such luminaries as F. Murray Abraham, Edward Albee, Tom Hulce, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ammon Shea and his wife Alexandra Horowitz, and Stanley Wells. We now invite you to join us for a staged reading of the latest script by director and dramatist ROBERT BRUSTEIN, for a conversation with celebrated novelist ARTHUR PHILLIPS, and for a pair of Tempest programs that place the spotlight on actors RICHARD CLIFFORD and SIR DEREK JACOBI.
DRAMATIST ROBERT BRUSTEIN’S ‘THE LAST WILL’
SUNDAY, MAY 22, at 7:00 p.m.
THE PLAYERS, 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
No Admission Charge, But Reservations Requested
Founded by Edwin Booth, THE PLAYERS offers the perfect setting for New York’s inaugural staged reading of THE LAST WILL, a riveting drama that completes ROBERT BRUSTEIN’s remarkable trilogy about pivotal moments in Shakespeare’s life and career. A renowned director, teacher, and critic, Mr. Brustein founded both the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. He has won two George Nathan Awards and is now enshrined in the Theatre Hall of Fame. A long-time reviewer for Harper’s, The New Republic, and other periodicals, and now a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, he has seventeen nonfiction titles to his credit, among them The Theatre of Revolt, Letters to a Young Actor, and The Tainted Muse. His six previous plays include The English Channel and Mortal Terror. This event is being produced by artistic director Jan Buttram and her colleagues at ABINGTON THEATRE COMPANY, with Austin Pendleton as director, and it will feature such esteemed performers as Bill Camp (Shakespeare), Stephanie Ross Haberle (the playwright’s wife Anne), Merritt Janson (his daughter Susanna), Christi Nelson (his daughter Judith), Steven Skybell (Lawyer Collins), and John Douglas Thompson (Richard Burbage).
NOVELIST ARTHUR PHILLIPS DOES SHAKESPEARE
MONDAY, MAY 23, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan
NAC Members Free, Guild Members $25, Others $30
A child actor, a jazz artist, a Harvard graduate, and a five-time Jeopardy champion, ARTHUR PHILLIPS is also an award-winning author whose first four novels – Prague (2003), Egyptologist (2004), Angelica (2007), and The Song Is You (2009) – have been Lauded by Kirkus, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other periodicals. A few weeks ago British reviewer Robert McCrum praised him in the Guardian. “I have been reading a ‘newly discovered’ Shakespeare, THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR, that’s going to cause a stir in the coming year. Said to have been first published as a quarto edition in 1597, Arthur predates Love’s Labours Lost and has been cleverly unearthed” and welcomed with “a ‘unique appreciation’ by Phillips, who has been described by the Washington Post as ‘one of the best writers in America.’ “ If you saw Stephen Greenblatt’s front-page remarks about this unique book in the May 1 New York Times Book Review, you’ll know those who take part in this conversation between Mr. Phillips and the Guild’s John Andrews are in for a rare treat.
A SPECIAL TIERRA-NUEVA ‘TEMPEST’ FOR SANTA FE
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, at 7:30 p.m.; SUNDAY, JUNE 19, at 4:00 p.m.
LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 225 San Francisco, Santa Fe
For tickets ($20-$50), call (505) 988-1234 or visit www.lensic.org
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, and the 80th anniversary of the beautiful theater that opened on that site in 1931, we’re delighted to announce two performances that will also mark a pair of other milestones: the 400th anniversary of a Whitehall presentation of THE TEMPEST that occurred in November 1611, and the quarter centenary of a new-world capital that was being founded at the same time that Shakespeare and his companions were introducing one of their most evocative dramas to London audiences. SIR DEREK JACOBI will play Prospero in a concert that will feature mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski, baritone David Farwig, and the SANTA FE PRO MUSICA ensemble under the direction of Tom O’Connor. Devised by RICHARD CLIFFORD (an actor who will be familiar to everyone who loves the films of Kenneth Branagh), in collaboration with Robert Eisenstein of the Folger Consort in Washington, this program will combine memorable dialogue from the original script with 17th-and 18th-century songs and instrumental settings inspired by it. Sir Derek is currently starring in a King Lear that has earned glowing reviews in both Covent Garden and Brooklyn. Before he and Mr. Clifford arrive in Santa Fe, they’ll be presenting their adaptation of The Tempest on June 13 at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center.
For more about these and other SHAKESPEARE GUILD offerings, both past and future, including details about reserving space for coming attractions, visit our Current Events page.
John F. Andrews