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STC: Mock Trial: Man of La Mancha

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.138  Wednesday, 18 March 2015


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

Date:         Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Subject:    STC: Mock Trial: Man of La Mancha



Man of La Mancha

2015 Annual Mock Trial & Dinner


We are pleased to announce the 2015 Mock Trial and Dinner will take place on May 11, 2015, an argument inspired by Dale Wasserman’s musical, Man of La Mancha. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will preside, and Justice Stephen Breyer, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Judge Amy Berman Jackson and Judge Patricia Millett will join her on the bench. Arguments will be presented by advocates Thomas C. Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell, P.C. and Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin LLP.


Interested in Premium Seating and Dining with the trial participants before the argument? Tickets to the Dinner and Trial ($350) are available NOW! To purchase tickets please call 202.608.6309 or contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Mock Trial is known for selling out in less than an hour—Take advantage of early tickets by purchasing your Dinner tickets now.


Trial-only tickets for this event are highly sought after and sell out quickly. However, members of STC's Bard Association, contributors and subscribers are able to purchase trial-only tickets in advance of the general public on the following dates:


Bard Association: March 9*

STC Donors and Subscribers: March 18

General Public Sale: March 23

Please note that tickets can only be purchased by contacting the Box Office and NOT through our website.

Trial-only Ticket Prices

A Price: $75

B Price: $50 (limited availability)

Student: $20 (valid student ID required when picking up tickets)

Annual Dinner and Mock Trial

Monday, May 11, 2015

5:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Argument

Sidney Harman Hall

610 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.137  Wednesday, 18 March 2015


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

Date:         March 18, 2015 at 11:23:23 AM EDT

Subject:    AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award


AHRC-Funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

University of Birmingham

Qualification type: Professional Doctorate

Location: Birmingham

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students

Funding amount: Not specified

Hours: Full Time

Placed on: 11th March 2015

Closes: 17th April 2015


Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award, to run from October 2015 to October 2018, on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation.’


In 2016, as part of its celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will mount a nationwide tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which a different set of local amateur actors will impersonate the play’s ‘rude mechanicals’ at every venue it visits. This ambitious and high-profile event, called ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation’ (see…/a-midsummer-nights-dream-a-play-for…), arises from the ‘Open Stages’ outreach project, launched in 2011, during which amateur companies performing Shakespeare all around the United Kingdom have been contacted, assisted and showcased by the RSC. The Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham and the RSC propose to embed a doctoral student with ‘A Play for the Nation’ to research this rich and complex artistic and social event. Granted access to planning meetings, rehearsals, documentation and performances, the student will study the methods and processes of the RSC and its amateur partners and produce a PhD thesis about their interactions: at the same time the student will be trained in academic theatre history and cultural studies by the university.


‘A Play for the Nation,’ as well as being a landmark in theatre history, will be a test-case in cultural policy, and it demands investigation and analysis as both. Over the three years of the studentship, the doctoral research produced by this student will contribute to a fuller understanding of the place of Shakespeare in the workings of national and local communities.


The student will be co-supervised by Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, and by Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC and director of ‘A Play for the Nation.’ The successful candidate will be expected to have training in a relevant discipline (preferably theatre studies), a serious and informed interest in arts policy, and a deep familiarity with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Masters degree is desirable.


Candidates should submit an application for study via the UoB on-line system:…/calgs/howtoapply/index.aspx

before 12 noon GMT on Friday, 17th April 2015. Applicants MUST also apply directly to Professor Dobson at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the same date, providing a covering letter, CV, research proposal (1000 words max.) and a writing sample (e.g. MA dissertation), to ensure that their applications are considered for this specific opportunity. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon on 30th April 2015.


AHRC funding provides fees and maintenance for UK students. A bursary may be available for a successful EU or International applicant.


The University Code of Practice on Admission of Students can be found at…/policies-…/codes-practice.aspx.


Informal enquiries: Professor Michael Dobson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation


To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 we will partner with theatres, schools and amateur theatre groups across the UK for a national tour of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.


The play contains probably theatre’s most famous amateur company, the Mechanicals, with some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters, such as Bottom, the group’s enthusiastic leading man, and long-suffering director Peter Quince.


We will work with a local amateur theatre company in each city or town the production visits. From each amateur company six actors (and a director) will play the roles of the Mechanicals when the play is performed in their city or town. They will also be invited to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of the tour.


The fairy train will be played by local school children in each area, from partner schools in our Learning and Performance Network or local school communities.


The production will be directed by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, and produced in partnership with our 12 Partner Theatres:

Find out about:

Auditions and rehearsals>>

How to take part - FAQ>>


A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation is a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur theatre companies. This is an arrangement between the RSC and Equity.


The Learning and Performance Network is generously supported by THE PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION


Open Stages is generously supported by ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION

Adventures in Original Punctuation

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.136  Monday, 16 March 2015


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

Date:         March 16, 2015 at 1:52:42 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: OP


Gabriel Egan replied:


> Downs doesn’t find convincing the explanation I

> suggested for the press variant near the top of

> page G4r in Q:


>> But the variant shorter lines cannot have resulted

>> strictly by accident. If accident began the sequence

>> . . .


> Just to be clear, my suggestion was not of mere accident

> to the type but of miscorrection. But, no, I don’t find this

> explanation terribly convincing either, which is why I

> added the qualifier that it “might, I suppose” have

> happened. The trouble is that the usual explanation isn’t

> terribly convincing either:


Gabriel Egan still isn’t trying to be clear. My comment on the shorter lines wasn’t in reference to his suggestion. What I said was that he’s not “trying to get at the history of the variants because his suggestion doesn’t account for the evidence of the second shorter line.”


Egan’s “dittography miscorrection” does not explain omission of ‘why he hath made’, a line below the omitted ‘you may as’. A second hypothesis would be necessary to augment the first faulty guess. Emendations, however casual, should address all of the pertinent evidence. Otherwise, they occlude by piling up quasi-guesses. 


>> This doesn't conform to the 'general agreement'

>> that the longer lines represent the corrected

>> state. I wonder if Gabriel accepts the general

>> agreement . . .


> . . . I’m expressing dissatisfaction with the usual

> explanation because it requires that after consulting

> copy to insert the missing words the compositor

> nonetheless failed to correct the work “bleak[e]” in the

> same line. We can make sense of “bleake” as a good

> reading based on a Somerset dialect form of “bleat[e]”

> but it’s a bit strained, don’t you think?


Just as we read Egan’s ‘work “bleake”’ as ‘word . . .’ early modern readers took such matters in stride: bleak meant bleat. A factor modern editors probably overlook is that compositors lost earnings fooling with misprints. It’s analogous to John Smith’s 18th-century observation about meager punctuation (as is supposed of Shakespeare, of all people): “for in that case a Compositor has room left to point the Copy his own way; which, though it cannot be done without loss to him; yet it is not altogether of so much hindrance as being troubled with Copy which is pointed at random, and which stops the Compositor in the career of his business . . . .”


> A good reason to question the “general agreement” about

> which is the uncorrected and which the corrected state of

> the type is the absence of other press variants on the same

> forme that might help us decide the ‘before’ and ‘after’ state

> of the type. That is, the general agreement is about just this

> variant and is not based on something else outside of it.


This argument, though I agree with it, is incomplete. If a forme got a facelift, more early wrinkles ought to show. Egan himself acknowledges Blayney’s insistence that playtexts were “foul-proofed,” or corrected before a print-run began. For MV that is certain; errors abounded in the day, yet this is a relatively clean text. So, why wasn’t ‘bleake’ fixed in the foul-proofing? Because some things just weren’t fixed (cf. Q1 Lear); their persistence is not good argument against nearby correction. 


> If Downs thinks that the general agreement is right,

> could he give his explanation for the corrected state

> nonetheless requiring a ewe to “bleake”?


Gabriel Egan knows I accept van Dam’s explanation, as I’ve described. The usual explanation gets things backwards. Argument about Shakespeare’s text should be taken seriously by the “arbiter.” I study these trivialities as a hobby, where the best answer is best (else why bother?) With others that isn’t necessarily the case, but it should be.


Gerald E. Downs

The SATAN is in the details of Romeo(us) & Juliet….AND the King James Bible, too!

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.135  Monday, 16 March 2015


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

Date:         March 13, 2015 at 3:04:37 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: Secret Code


Arnie translates my observation about the number of the beast buried within his last post:


>If I understand you, Lawrence, your point in taking my hyperbolic

>claim of the mammoth size of the improbability of coincidence, 

>and pulling out of it a Satanic numerological pattern, is clever---is

>that it demonstrates that patterns can be ingeniously generated 

>post hoc which have a superficial veneer of prior intentionality.


That puts it perfectly; but I think my method is more amusing, and probably more rhetorically effective than a stiff academic presentation.


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.134  Monday, 16 March 2015


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

Date:         March 15, 2015 at 9:58:49 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: Ardenwatch




John Briggs wrote “It is good to have this news out in the open (if not actually officially announced) - there is reason to believe that the appointments were made two years ago (see SHK 24.0221)”. I am afraid I hadn’t registered John’s earlier post but that may have been because I was not then even in discussion about who the General Editors for Arden 4 might be. The three of us agreed a couple of months ago to take on the awesome and exciting responsibility. No long delays in the announcement at all. And no hidden reasons. Everyone is expecting that Arden 3 will be complete in 2016.


Peter Holland

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