The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0588  Sunday, 12 October 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Sunday, October 12, 2008
Subject:    Politics, Prince Hal, and the Making of a Leader


Schreiber, Easton and More to Read for Shakespeare Society at 'Making of a Leader'

The Shakespeare Society (Michael Sexton, Artistic Director) will present Liev 
Schreiber, Richard Easton, and Professor David Scott Kastan in "Politics, Prince 
Hal, and the Making of a Leader" on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 pm at the Kaye 
Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68 Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. 
A limited number of tickets, priced at $25 - $45, are available from the Kaye 
box office at (212) 772-4448. For Shakespeare Society membership information, 
call 212-967-6802 or go to www.shakespearesociety.org.

On the eve of the 2008 elections, three of America's most celebrated 
Shakespeareans come together to look at Shakespeare's most successful political 
leader, Henry V. Featuring the Shakespeare Society's signature combination of 
performance and commentary, the evening will trace the progress of this 
remarkable figure, role-playing his way from prodigal son to the leader of a 
nation. What are the keys to -- and costs of -- political success?

Liev Schreiber (Hamlet, Macbeth, Glengarry Glen Ross) will read selections from 
Prince Hal and Henry V from the plays Henry IV, Parts I and II and Henry V, 
which he played in the New York Shakespeare Festival production at the Delacorte 

Richard Easton (The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV) will be 
reading Falstaff and Henry IV (reprising the role he played in the Lincoln 
Center Theater production of Henry IV on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline.

David Scott Kastan, General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare and George M. Bodman 
Professor of English at Yale University, will examine Hal's development as a 
politician looking at the ways impersonation, role-playing and language are used 
politically and theatrically as well as what Shakespeare shows are the costs of 
political power -- what is sacrificed in pursuit of political success.

The cast also includes Jeremy Strong who is currently appearing in the 
Roundabout Theatre production of A Man for All Seasons and whose other credits 
include the lead role of Spinoza in David Ives's New Jerusalem at CSC.

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