The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0275  Thursday, 5 April 2007

From: 		John F. Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 14:53:58 -0400
Subject: 	Shakespeare Month in Washington

Now that we're in the heart of what is sometimes referred to as 
"Shakespeare Month," we're pleased to remind you once again of events 
that relate to the playwright's special place in the history and culture 
of America's capital city. Below are highlights from ESU Washington's 
Calendar page (www.esuwdc.org/calendar.html), among them programs with 
performers Richard Clifford, Sir Derek Jacobi, Lynn Redgrave, Gary 
Sloan, and director Michael Kahn.

Please let us know if you'd like a copy of the April issue of ESU News & 
Announcements, where you'll find a Page 2 story about our March 5 
Shakespeare Competition for the National Capital Region. We'll be happy 
to dispatch a PDF version.

Hoping to see you soon, and encouraging you to share this information 
with others who might find it of interest,

With many thanks,
John Andrews

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 magnificant 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.


Gary Sloan Revives 'The Ghosts of Edwin Booth'

MONDAY, APRIL 9, and MONDAY, 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 
multifaceted Shakespeare in Washington festival, the National Portrait 
Gallery (at the corner of 8th and F Streets NW, near the Gallery Place 
stop on Metro) 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 roles at 
the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Alley Theatre in Houston, the 
Cincinnati Playhouse in Ohio, the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and 
the Roundabout Theatre in New York. For this occasion Mr. Sloan is 
resurrecting The Haunted Prince. A deeply conflicted man 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 
devised by the presenter in association with his wife Christie Brown and 
director Stephen Fried, Mr. Sloan has produced a show 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." For 
more information, see the National Portrait Gallery's description of 
this fascinating program.


Folger Consort Performs Purcell's 'Fairy Queen'

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, at 7:30 p.m.


5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda (Grosvenor stop on Metro's Red Line)

Tickets $35-65 - To Order, Visit www.strathmore.org or Call (301) 581-5100

In one of the highlights of this spring's Shakespeare in Washington 
festival, the Folger Consort is drawing its 30th season to a grand 
finale with a lustrous performance of Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, a 
magical 1691 semi-opera that derives from A Midsummer Night's Dream. For 
this presentation, the ensemble has arranged for a period orchestra and 
a stellar cast of virtuoso voices, among them Rosa Lamoreaux, Drew 
Minter, Mark Bleeke, and Francois Loup. To render the text of 
Shakespeare's comedy, the Consort is pleased to be featuring special 
guest performances by Richard Clifford, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Lynn 
Redgrave. The four programs scheduled for the Folger's Elizabethan 
Theatre between Friday evening, April 13, and Sunday afternoon, April 
15, have been sold out for weeks, but seats remain available for this 
culminating event in what has been described as one of the most resonant 
concert halls in America.


Shakespearean Films at AFI's Silver Theatre



8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring

Admission $9.25 ($7.50 for ESU and Shakespeare Guild Members)

As part of the Smithsonian Institution's contribution to this spring's 
multifaceted Shakespeare in Washington festival, the AFI Silver Theatre 
and Culture Center is presenting films with Bardic themes. On Saturday, 
April 21, for example, you can see Akira Kurosawa's Ran, an acclaimed 
Japanese adaptation of King Lear. A week later, on Saturday, April 28, 
you can see Shakespeare Behind Bars, an inspiring and prize-winning PBS 
documentary about the work a director named Curt Tofteland has been 
doing with convicts in a maximum-security prison in Kentucky. The AFI is 
kindly extending a $1.75 discount on these features to those who 
identify themselves as constituents of either the English-Speaking Union 
or the Shakespeare Guild. For details about these and other attractions 
at the American Film Institute's beautiful Silver Spring facility, 
please visit the cinema's Shakespeare page.


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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