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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0433  Wednesday, 4 September 2013

 

[1] From:        Mari Bonomi < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         August 29, 2013 7:28:14 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: ASC 

 

[2] From:        Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         August 29, 2013 7:53:39 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: ASC 

 

 

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From:        Mari Bonomi < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 29, 2013 7:28:14 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: ASC

 

Re ASC:

 

I am totally enthralled by ASC and its resident company. The Custom of the Country, to which Peter Hyland refers, was a delightful production, part of the annual “Ren Season”—the winter/spring grouping of five plays directed by the company members, and prepared with minimal rehearsal time (harking back to the Elizabethan stage).

 

The quality of the performances is universally high, and many of the castings quite unusual. Since it’s a small company, there is much doubling and trebling. I’m definitely looking forward to Benjamin Curns as the Nurse and Allison Glenzer as Friar Lawrence!

 

I am also very much looking forward to meeting some of my fellow SHAKSPERians face to face!

 

Get thee to Staunton, go! It’s well worth the trip.

 

Hint: though it’s not the cheapest accommodation in Staunton, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel is the ideal place to stay. It’s next door to the Playhouse, within walking distance of quite a few very nice places to eat.

 

Second hint: as I learned with embarrassment from my Virginia friends when I moved here, it’s pronounced “StAAAN-t’n” :D

 

Mari Bonomi

 

Link to the conference description:  http://americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1000

 

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From:        Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 29, 2013 7:53:39 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: ASC

 

I join Peter Hyland and Hardy in their admiration for the ASC and the Blackfriars Conference. I plan to attend the conference again this year and expect to see many SHAKSPERians there.

 

The Blackfriars Conference is the only professional convocation I know of that offers an award for the participant who attends the fewest paper and breakout sessions. As coveted as the Truancy Award is, most attendees actually prefer to hear the papers (astonishing in itself). The paper readings are limited in time—no more than 10 or 13 minutes (depending on whether the thesis is illustrated by actors), with the time limit enforced by the bear—and are often amusing or unusual. For example, the paper presented at the 2011 conference on the lack of blowjob jokes in the Canon was very well attended.

 

I also encourage SHAKSPERians to contribute financially to support the ASC. The $400 fee for attending the conference cannot  begin to cover the costs of a five day programme, which offers attendees five plays, a number of additional entertainments, several meals and a sumptuous party at Ralph Cohen’s home. You cannot feed capons with what the SAA offers up.

 
 

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