The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0066  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:           John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:            Saturday, 9 Apr 2011 12:03:25 -0600
Subject:       May Events in New York

May Events in New York
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 two special evenings of theater, among them a premiere by director and dramatist Robert Brustein, and for a pair of fascinating conversations about early Shakespearean printings, one with textual scholar Steven Urkowitz, the other with novelist Arthur Phillips.
SUNDAY, MAY 22, at 7:00 p.m. 
THE PLAYERS, 16 Gramercy Park South
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 and The New Republic, and now a 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, and 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 (his wife Anne), Merritt Janson (his daughter Susanna), Christi Nelson (his daughter Judith), Steven Skybell (Lawyer Collins), and John Douglas Thompson (Richard Burbage).        
MONDAY, MAY 23, at 8:00 p.m. 
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South
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.’ “ We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a memorable conversation.

For more about these and other SHAKESPEARE GUILD offerings, both past and future, including details about reserving space for coming attractions, click on the link below and visit our Current Events page.

In the next few weeks we expect to announce a special June 18-19 engagement, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of The Tempest, at the beautiful Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, a city that was being founded at the same time that Shakespeare was penning his evocative lines about a “brave new world.” This program, based on one that was produced last May by the Folger Consort In Washington, will be directed by Richard Clifford, who has appeared in several of Kenneth Branagh’s films, with Sir Derek Jacobi as Prospero and music provided by Tom O’Connor and Carol Redman and the Santa Fe Pro Musica ensemble. 
Finally, in case you missed it, we direct you to a New York Times article on Sunday, February 20, about America’s Civil War as a Shakespearean tragedy.  See

John F. Andrews
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506
     Phone 505 988 9560    

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