The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0539  Wednesday, 7 March 2001

From:           Ralph Alan Cohen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 6 Mar 2001 13:59:50 EST
Subject:        Blackfriars Conference: Call For Papers

THE BLACKFRIARS CONFERENCE:  To celebrate the opening of Shenandoah
Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse, Shenandoah Shakespeare is hosting a
"Blackfriars Conference" in Staunton, Virginia, from Thursday, October
11 through Sunday, October 14.  We hope that the conference can help
establish the Blackfriars as a laboratory for the study of early modern
plays and as a place where the theorist and the practitioner can speak
with ease to one another. Many of you have already expressed an interest
in participating, and we are eager to get as many other commitments in
as possible. Our Keynote Speaker will be Andrew Gurr; others
participants will include Alan Armstrong, Jim Andreas, Tom Berger,
Albert Braunmuller, Stephen Booth, Roslyn Lander Knutson, Russ McDonald,
Barbara Mowat, Tina Packer, Richard Proudfoot, Murray Ross, George W.
Williams. Hesperus, the acclaimed early music group, will also run a

PAPERS AND WORKSHOPS:  We are seeking short papers -- "10 to 15 minutes
reading time" -- on any subject related to the plays and performance.
Topics can include (but are not limited to) audiences, acting, boys
actors, costumes, lighting, music, props, stage directions, play texts,
indoor theatre architecture, staging practices, theatre company
practices. In an effort to encourage an interaction between scholar and
performer, we invite any of you who wish to illustrate a point with the
help of an actor (or actors) to mention that need in your abstract, and
we will make arrangements with our actors. In order to bridge the worlds
of the study and the stage, we are also looking for 45-minute workshops
on aspects of performing Shakespeare. Again we offer our Shenandoah
Shakespeare actors to those of you who would like help with a workshop
idea. Please notify us of your intentions when you send in your
descriptions. Once we've received paper and workshop topics, we will
organize sessions of shared interests and notify you of your fellow
session members.  The deadline for submitting an abstract of a paper or
a workshop description is April 15, 2001.

For more information on submitting papers, or attending the conference,
please contact Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen or Susan Hawthorne at (540)
885-5588.  You may also e-mail Dr. Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or
susan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can learn more about the conference
by visiting the Blackfriars Conference page on Shenandoah Shakespeare's
website at: http://www.ishakespeare.com/p-nc2001.htm.

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