The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.042 Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Date: January 31, 2012 5:52:39 PM EST
Subject: Cardenio Performance and Conference
Gary Taylor’s reconstruction of “The History of Cardenio”, the lost play attributed to Fletcher and Shakespeare in 1653, will be performed in Indianapolis April 19-28. It will open IUPUI’s new, state of the art, 248-seat university theatre. I am directing the play, and the cast includes a mix of local professional actors and students. Though an earlier version of the script was performed by students in Wellington, NZ in 2009, and more recently it was given a reading at Shakespeare’s Globe in London in November 2011, the Indianapolis performances will be the first full-scale professional production of Taylor’s text, and the first based on an open audition call. (More information on the production is available here: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/shakespeare/productions/). This production is part of a remarkable year for “Cardenio fever”: the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote in English has already seen the publication of Tiffany Stern’s provocative essay in Shakespeare Quarterly, which will be followed by the English translation of Roger Chartier’s Cardenio entre Cervantes et Shakespeare, by Barbara Fuchs’ book on Anglo-Spanish literary relationships in Shakespeare’s and Fletcher’s lifetimes, and by OUP’s forthcoming “The Quest for Cardenio” (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199641819.do).
IUPUI is also hosting an international academic colloquium, in conjunction with these performances, on April 28. Like other events associated with the production, the colloquium is designed to counter the focus on Shakespeare, which has hitherto monopolized most of the discussion. So, the public lecture that will precede the first performance, on 19 April, will be by Steven Wagschal, a Cervantes scholar at Indiana University in Bloomington. Professor Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State) is flying in to give the public lecture on “Shakespeare and Race” on Thursday April 26 (because race is a significant factor in the latest incarnation of Taylor’s reconstruction, and in the Indianapolis casting). The four sessions of the colloquium will be organized around Cervantes, Fletcher, Adaptation, and Performance, in that order. Confirmed participants now include Roger Chartier, Suzanne Gossett, Regina Buccola, Barbara Fuchs, Douglas Lanier, Eduardo Olid, Adam Hooks, Huw Griffiths, and Christopher Hicklin.
All colloquium participants will attend the performance on Friday evening, 27 April. Gary Taylor will give a plenary public lecture before that performance, called “Working Together”, which will talk about the way that the play brings together Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Fletcher, as well as himself and the actors and directors he has worked with. There will also be a graduate student conference (with open submissions) on the Friday afternoon—if you have any students working on any of the topics described here, please do encourage them to submit a proposal!
Terri Bourus, Ph.D.
Director and General Editor:
Associate Professor of English Drama
Founding Director: Hoosier Bard Productions
334 N. Senate Ave. Suite GL-B
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 46204