The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0207  Wednesday, 21 March 2007

From: 		John F. Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 11:40:50 -0400
Subject: 	Spring Attractions from ESU Washington

ESU Washington is pleased to announce a number of upcoming programs, 
some of which will be of interest to Shakespeareans.
Speaking of Shakespeare with Actor Roger Rees
Reception 12:00 noon, Luncheon 12:30 p.m., Program 1:00 p.m.
THE UNIVERSITY CLUB, 1135 16th Street NW
Luncheon and Program, $45

Roger Rees achieved stardom in the title part of the Royal Shakespeare 
Company's epic 8-hour rendering of Dickens' Life and Adventures of 
Nicholas Nickleby, for which he collected both an Olivier Award and a 
Tony. He went on to create the leading roles in the original London 
productions of two Tom Stoppard hits, The Real Thing and Hapgood. On 
Broadway Mr. Rees has starred in Indiscretions, A Man of No Importance, 
The Rehearsal, and Uncle Vanya. A director and writer as well as a 
versatile actor, Mr. Rees spent two decades as a member of the RSC, 
performing such marquee roles as the title character in Hamlet. He now 
presides over one of America's most respected arts institutions, the 
Williamstown Theatre Festival. A popular figure in TV series such as 
Cheers (where he earned plaudits as Kirstie Alley's suitor, an English 
tycoon named Robin Colcord) and The West Wing (where he played Lord John 
Marbury, the British Ambassador), as well as in films such as Crazy Like 
a Fox, The Emperor's Club, and Frida, he'll present a one-man anthology, 
What You Will, at the Folger Theatre during the weekend that precedes 
this engagement; we encourage you to visit www.folger.edu or call (202) 
544-7077 for information about that entertaining program.
Michael Kahn on 'Shakespeare in Washington'
Cash-Bar Reception 11:30 a.m., Luncheon 12:30 p.m., Program 1:00 p.m.
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW
ESU Members, $25; Others, $30; Program Only, $10

We're privileged to join the Woman's National Democratic Club in a 
gathering with one of our nation's most esteemed producers and 
directors. Michael Kahn has garnered accolades on Broadway and at the 
New York Shakespeare Festival and has overseen such artistic enterprises 
as the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut, and the 
McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. During his four decades in 
Lincoln Center at the Juilliard School's Drama Division, which he helped 
establish in 1968 and which he headed until a few months ago, Mr. Kahn 
has trained or worked with such actors as William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, 
Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Kelly McGillis, Christopher 
Reeve, and Robin Williams. Meanwhile, since his arrival in the Nation's 
Capital in 1986 as artistic director of what is now known as the 
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mr. Kahn has transformed what had been a 
small, embattled troupe at the Folger Library into an organization that 
periodicals like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal have 
described as one of the finest classical ensembles in the world. As that 
institution prepares to occupy its magnificent new home at the Harman 
Center for the Arts, Mr. Kahn is teaming up with Michael Kaiser, 
President of the Kennedy Center, to oversee a spectacular, unprecedented 
commemoration of Shakespeare in Washington, a six-month festival that 
involves more than seventy participating institutions.
Actor Gary Sloan Revives 'The Ghosts of Edwin Booth'
MONDAY, MARCH 26, APRIL 2, APRIL 9, and APRIL 16, at 7:00 p.m.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY - Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Admission Free, but Please Call (202) 275-0570 to Reserve Seats

As part of the Smithsonian Institution's contribution to this spring's 
Shakespeare in Washington festival, the National Portrait Gallery is 
hosting a series of Monday night performances by one of the most 
talented actors of our day. Gary Sloan will be known to local audiences 
for his distinguished work at such venues as Arena Stage, the Folger 
Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Studio Theatre. But he is 
also familiar to playgoers elsewhere for his performances at the Actors 
Theatre of Louisville, the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Cincinnati 
Playhouse, the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and the Roundbout 
Theatre in New York. For this occasion Mr. Sloan is resurrecting The 
Haunted Prince.  A deeply conflicted performer whose brother 
assassinated President Lincoln, Edwin Booth triumphed over adversity to 
become the greatest dramatic artist in 19th-century America. Drawing on 
a variety of archival materials, and enacting a script that has been 
specially devised by the presenter in collaboration with his wife 
Christie Brown and director Stephen Fried, Mr. Sloan has produced an 
evening that will remind attendees of how significant Shakespeare has 
always been, not only in our Nation's Capital, but in every hamlet of 
this "brave New World."
John F. Andrews, OBE
Executive Director, ESU Washington
President, The Shakespeare Guild
1604 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512
Phone 202 234 4602   Fax 202 234 4639
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