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Maps of the 16th and 17th Centuries: A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.424  Tuesday, 30 September 2014

 

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Date:         Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Subject:    Maps of the 16th and 17th Centuries: A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare

 

News Release

 

Contact: Cathy Bagwell Marsh 

540.885.5588 ext. 26 

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Explore More of Shakespeare’s World at Staunton’s R.R. Smith Center 

Staunton, VA, September 3, 2014 – The American Shakespeare Center, in partnership with Scott Ballin and with funding from Altria Client Services Inc., proudly announces a new exhibit at the Augusta County Historical Society Gallery in the R.R. Smith Center in Staunton. Maps of the 16th and 17th Centuries: A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare, on display September 12- November 30, explores the world as Shakespeare would have known it by featuring approximately 40 original maps from the 16th and 17th centuries. 

 

The maps highlight various places where Shakespeare set his plays, including England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Near and Middle East, and North Africa, and include works by famous early modern cartographers Mercator, Ortelius, Hondius, Blaeu and Speed. Ranging in size from large wall maps to small pieces that travelers would have carried, these works of art retain their original color and many include detailed illustrations. 

 

Collector Scott Ballin says of the exhibit – 

 

“My idea was to put together something that would appeal to a variety of audiences and a variety of interests and to hopefully stimulate people to think about what the world was like when Shakespeare was writing his plays. This exhibit is about history. It is about art. It is about geography. It is about what was happening in England, Europe, and the rest of the world at the time.” 

 

Amy Wratchford, Managing Director of the ASC, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Scott on this exhibit to not only share his wonderful collection with a wider audience, but also highlight the breadth of geography covered in these plays. Shakespeare’s canon provides a wealth of perspectives and opportunities to explore more.” 

 

On September 12th, the exhibit will kick off with an Opening Night reception at the R.R. Smith Center, catered by Mike Lund Food. 

 

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, is open year-round for productions of classic plays, which have been hailed by The Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by The Boston Globe as "phenomenal…bursting with energy." Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com

 
 
Ralph Cohen Receives Wanamaker Award

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.423  Tuesday, 30 September 2014

 

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Date:         Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Subject:    Ralph Cohen Receives Wanamaker Award

 

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Contact: Cathy Bagwell Marsh 

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Ralph Cohen becomes first American to receive prestigious Wanamaker Award 

 

London, England (Saturday, June 14 at 5pm): Shakespeare’s Globe has named Ralph Alan Cohen as the recipient of the 2014 Sam Wanamaker Award. Ralph Alan Cohen is co-founder and director of mission at the American Shakespeare Center and was the project director for the re-creation of the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. The Sam Wanamaker Award is the most prestigious prize granted by Shakespeare’s Globe and is given annually, in the name of the Globe’s founder, to celebrate work which has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare. Ralph is the first American to receive the award. 

 

On accepting the Sam Wanamaker Award, presented to him on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe on Saturday 14 June, Cohen commented: “I hope that Sam would have liked the fact that this year the award named for him goes to an American. In a way, Sam’s quest to build the Globe was an expression of the American desire to be connected to Shakespeare’s plays and in honouring the work we have done in Staunton, Virginia, the Globe honours Sam's own yearning.” 

 

Neil Constable, chief executive, Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “In his TED talk last year Ralph eloquently spoke of audiences ‘held hostage in the dark’ and has long championed Shakespeare productions in which actors and audiences share the same light. We want to shine the light on Ralph and recognize the enormous contribution he has made to the appreciation of Shakespeare performance, teaching, scholarly debate and, not least, for being a major inspiration behind our own candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.” 

 

Sam Wanamaker spent the final 23 years of his life tirelessly campaigning, advancing research into the appearance of the original Globe and planning its reconstruction. The Sam Wanamaker Award was instituted by Shakespeare’s Globe in 1994 to honor work which has a similar quality to Sam’s own pioneering mission. Cohen follows former illustrious recipients of the Award, the first of whom was Dr Rex Gibson, creator and editor of the Cambridge School Shakespeare; Janet Arnold for her pioneering research into Elizabethan clothing; Professor Stanley Wells, Shakespeare scholar and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; John Barton, founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and actor and director, Mark Rylance. 

 

Ralph Alan Cohen, who is Gonder Professor of Shakespeare and Performance and founder of the Master of Letters and Fine Arts program at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, was the Theo Crosby Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2009. He was also a member of the Architectural Research Group, chaired by Globe Education’s Head of Higher Education and Research, Dr Farah Karim-Cooper. His experience of reconstructing Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, in Virginia was an important contribution in planning for the recently opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London. 

 

Cohen has directed 30 productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including America’s first professional production of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle. He also directed the first revival of Thomas Middleton’s Your Five Gallants and co-edited the play for Oxford University Press’s Collected Works of Thomas Middleton. 

 

He is the author of ShakesFear and How to Cure It: A Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare. He twice edited special teaching issues of the Shakespeare Quarterly and has published articles on teaching Shakespeare as well as on Shakespeare, Jonson, and Elizabethan staging. He founded the Studies Abroad program at James Madison University, where he won Virginia’s award for outstanding faculty. 

 

He has frequently directed summer institutes on Shakespeare and staging sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001 he established the Blackfriars Conference, a biennial week-long celebration of early modern drama in performance. 

 

A pivotal point in Ralph’s career was founding the American Shakespeare Center with Jim Warren in 1988. Then named Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the company started by performing in schools and community centers across Virginia under the idea that using Shakespeare’s staging conditions – simple stage, multiple roles, acoustic music, and the lights staying on – would bring back the fun and accessibility of Shakespeare’s work. The idea worked, and using Shakespeare’s staging conditions, particularly universal lighting, created a fun, lively, interactive, experience- one that quickly grew in popularity. By 1999 the company had performed in 47 U.S. States, 5 other countries and one U. S. Territory. 

 

In 2001, the Ralph and Jim found a permanent home for their company in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley by building the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre - the Blackfriars Playhouse. Built from Virginia Oak, the 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse has been established as one of America's premier Shakespeare destinations, called by Andrew Gurr “one of the most historically important theatres in the world.” Delighting tens of thousands of audience members per year, the American Shakespeare Center has helped transform the town of Staunton into a top national destination (Travel + Leisure, Smithsonian Magazine) and become a global center for the study of Shakespeare in performance. 

 

In 2008, Cohen and ASC co-founder Jim Warren earned the Commonwealth Governor’s Arts Award. In 2013, Cohen was awarded the Shakespeare Steward Award by the Folger Shakespeare Library in recognition for outstanding contributions to the innovative teaching of Shakespeare in American classrooms. He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his doctorate at Duke University and has honorary degrees from St. Lawrence University and Georgetown University.  

 
 
Shakespeare Themed Concert

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.422  Tuesday, 30 September 2014

 

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

Date:         September 29, 2014 at 8:42:06 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare Themed Concert

 

I am pleased to announce the upcoming Shakespearean themed concert at Martin Harris Centre of the University of Manchester, UK. The singer Frédéric Albou and pianist/musicologist and Shakespeare scholar Michelle Assay will perform Shakespeare’s words set to music by Soviet/Russian composers including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Sviridov and Kabalevsky. The concert also features a much-awaited world premier of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s song cycle on Shakespeare’s Sonnets composed in the midst of Stalin regime.

 

Please find the details here:

http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:o70-hxef4qq6-mofk3w/walter-carroll-lunchtime-concert-series-shakespeare-la-russe-voice-and-piano#travelinfo

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Michelle Assay

Université Paris Sorbonne, University of Sheffield

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Shakespeare App Review

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.421  Thursday, 25 September 2014

 

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Date:         September 22, 2014 at 12:08:34 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Shakespeare App Review

 

Re the Shakespeare Pro app: it is only available on Apple.  The Android version is the less powerful free one.

 
 
Shakespeare’s Complete Works to Be Translated into Mandarin

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.420  Thursday, 25 September 2014

 

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Date:         September 24, 2014 at 2:29:33 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare’s Complete Works to Be Translated into Mandarin

 

The UK government is paying to have the Royal Shakespeare Company translate Shakespeare's works into Mandarin for Chinese audiences. The government will also fund a tour to China by the RSC.

 

More here:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29181345

 

Patty

 

12 September 2014 

Shakespeare’s Complete Works to Be Translated into Mandarin 

 

Plans for cultural co-operation with China also include making 14 important Chinese plays available in English.

 

Culture secretary Sajid Javid also announced £300,000 for a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) tour of China.

 

He said culture was a “brilliant” way of fostering closer UK-China ties.

“This funding means Western and Eastern cultures can learn from and be enriched by one another and what better way than using the works of Shakespeare,” said Mr Javid.

 

“The package marks a really important step for both China and the UK to grow a strong and progressive relationship.”

 

The RSC will undertake the first translation of the Bard’s complete works in Mandarin.

 

Artistic director Gregory Doran said: “I profoundly believe that we foster deeper understanding between cultures by sharing and telling each other our stories.

 

“Our plans to translate Shakespeare into Mandarin, to see translation and performance of more Chinese classics in the UK and to tour RSC productions to China will celebrate the arts and culture of both nations,” he added.

 

Mr Doran also said that the initiative would help attract more visitors to the UK.

 

Other plans, which were announced today by Mr Javid and Chinese vice-president Ma Kai, include £300,000 of funds for a series of museum exchanges with the British Museum.

 
 
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