The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0034  Monday, 10 January 2005

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Date:           Friday, 7 Jan 2005 17:20:19 -0500
Subject:        Upcoming Shakespeare Programs

Sir Harold Evans Discusses "They Made America"

Monday, January 10
Program 8:00 p.m.
Members of The Shakespeare Guild and the English-Speaking Union $25,
General Public $30

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York

We're delighted to welcome the critically acclaimed authority behind a
beautiful volume that is now being featured in a celebrated PBS series.
They Made America is Sir Harold Evans' sequel to The American Century, a
best-seller that was named Book of the Year by both the New York Times
and Publishers Weekly.

Before he and his wife, Tina Brown, moved to the United States, Sir
Harold presided over the venerable Times of London. His was a reign of
excellence that lasted for a decade and a half (1967-82), and it
prompted his fellow journalists to honor him as Britain's most
distinguished newspaper editor. From 1990 to 1997 Sir Harold served as
president and publisher of Random House in New York, and between 1997
and 1999 he guided the editorial fortunes of such prominent magazines as
The Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News & World Report.

Sir Harold will provide highlights of an overview that conveys readers
from the steam engine to the search engine. He'll profile such vivid
personalities as Gary Kildall, who gave us the operating system that
facilitated the personal computer, Estee Lauder, who founded a legendary
cosmetics empire, and Ted Turner, who invented the 24-hour television
news channel.

Among other things, Sir Harold will also talk about Shakespeare,
focusing on him primarily as an Early Modern instance of the innovative
spirit. Copies of They Made America will be available for purchase and


Stephen Greenblatt Explores Shakespeare's Life
Tuesday, January 11
Cash-Bar Reception 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:30 p.m., Program 1:00 p.m.
Admission $25

Woman's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW

As the author of such influential studies as Sir Walter Raleigh (1970),
Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980), Shakespearean Negotiations (1988),
Learning to Curse (1990), Marvelous Possessions (1991), Practicing New
Historicism (2000), and Hamlet in Purgatory (2001), Stephen Greenblatt
had already established himself as one of today's most widely recognized
authorities on the Early Modern period before he produced his widely
praised Norton Shakespeare anthology in 1997. It was anything but
shocking, then, that when Dr. Greenblatt applied his vast learning and
acute sensibility to Will in the World, a luminous biography of
Shakespeare, the result would be a volume that has received enthusiastic
notices in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post,
NPR's Morning Edition, and a number of other media outlets. Nor is it
astonishing that a work that has been lauded by such penetrating critics
as Adam Gopnik received a coveted nomination in the nonfiction category
for this year's National Book Award. After many fruitful years at the
University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Greenblatt is now a
distinguished professor of the humanities at Harvard University. He'll
be making a special trip to Washington to discuss and sign copies of his
latest contribution to our understanding of the globe's most revered
poet and dramatist.


A Spotlight on F. Murray Abraham

Friday, February 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Members of The Shakespeare Guild and the English-Speaking Union $25,
General Public $30
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, New York
Monday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m.
Member Rate $20  Non-Member Rate $25
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW, Washington

F. Murray Abraham is best known, of course, for his portrayal of the
envious Salieri in Amadeus (1984). For this indelible cinema he earned
both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe trophy. He's also widely
admired for the characters he's brought to life in The Name of the Rose
(1986), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), and Finding Forrester (2000), not to
mention his memorable parts in The Sunshine Boys (1975), All the
President's Men (1976), Madman (1979), Scarface (1983), Bonfire of the
Vanities (1990), Mobsters (1991), By the Sword (1993), Last Action Hero
(1993), Nostradamus (1994), Surviving the Game (1994), Dillinger and
Capone (1995), and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He'll soon be seen in
two new feature films: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Quietly Flows the Don.

What Mr. Abraham's fans may be less familiar with are the dozens of
stage protagonists he's depicted, among them Bottom, Creon, Cyrano,
Iago, Lear, Macbeth, Malvolio, and Uncle Vanya. A few years ago he
graced director Mike Nichols' celebrated revival of Waiting for Godot, a
Samuel Beckett classic in which Mr. Abraham co-starred with such
brilliant performers as Bill Irwin, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams.
During a wide-ranging conversation with the ESU's John Andrews, he'll
revisit the highlights of a richly varied career and offer some insights
from his soon-to-be-published guide to performing Shakespeare.


John F. Andrews
President, The Shakespeare Guild
Executive Director, Nation's Capital Branch of The English-Speaking Union
1604 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512
Phone 202 234 4602   Fax 202 234 4639

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