The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0049   Wednesday, 23 February 2011

From:         John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         February 19, 2011 3:56:43 PM EST
Subject:      Shakespearean Events for February and March


In recent months, the SHAKESPEARE GUILD has offered a variety of superb programs, among them a GIELGUD 
AWARD gala in honor of F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, an evening with EDWARD ALBEE and critic ANNE PAOLUCCI, and 
SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE gatherings with such guests as writers AMMON SHEA (author of Reading the OED) and 
his wife ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ (author of the New York Times paperback bestseller Inside of a Dog), director 
BRIAN KULICK (who is now producing Chekhov's Three Sisters with starring roles for Maggie Gyllenhaal and 
Peter Sarsgaard), editors JOHN MAHON and TOM PENDLETON of Shakespeare Newsletter, and scholars KATHLEEN 
FITZPATRICK and KATHERINE ROWE, who were featured in an August 24 front-page story in the New York Times 
about the fresh approach they brought to academic peer-review as they compiled a special issue on the 
"New Media" for Shakespeare Quarterly. A few weeks ago we joined the American Friends of the Shakespeare 
Birthplace Trust, the English-Speaking Union of New York, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the National 
Arts Club for a week of offerings that focused on the "Cobbe Portrait," and on the reasons many believe 
it to be the most faithful rendering of Shakespeare's image. Participants in these events included PAUL 
EDMONDSON (Head of Learning), DIANA OWEN (Director), and STANLEY WELLS (Chairman) of the Shakespeare 
Birthplace Trust in Stratford. They were joined by such luminaries as WILLIAM GRISWOLD, Director of the 
Morgan, and WALTER LIEDTKE, Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We're now 
delighted to announce a stellar lineup of additional attractions for February and March. We very much 
hope you'll join us for at least some of them. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York
Guild Members $25, Others $30

Want an insider's perspective on Sir Derek Jacobi's title role in the King Lear that will be coming to 
BAM this spring? If so, you'll want to be on hand for an engaging conversation with RUSSELL JACKSON, who 
has worked with director Michael Grandage on several influential renderings of Shakespeare's plays. Mr. 
Jackson has also been an advisor on a number of Kenneth Branagh's cinematic classics, among them Henry V, 
Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet, and he recently published Shakespeare Films in the Making. After 
heading the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon for several years, Mr. Jackson now occupies an 
endowed chair at the University of Birmingham. He has helped compile two volumes of Cambridge's popular 
Players of Shakespeare series, in which actors talk about key roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, 
and he co-edited the Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage.

Orchestra Tickets for $49 (Regular Price $75)

Between February 27 and March 13, PACE UNIVERSITY's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (located on 
Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street, near the foot of Brooklyn Bridge) will host a revival of 
THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE's acclaimed production of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Starring F. Murray Abraham 
as Shylock, this rendering of Shakespeare's most provocative comedy traveled from Manhattan to Stratford-
upon-Avon in 2007 as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's remarkable Complete Works Festival. On 
Friday, March 4, Mr. Abraham will be joining the Guild's John Andrews after the performance for a 
conversation with the audience about different approaches to one of the playwright's most provocative 

This remarkable production will be followed a month later by an April 9-17 New York premiere of THE 
ACTING COMPANY's rendering of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley, 
The Acting Company is renowned for such distinguished alumni as Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone, and it 
continues to be a major incubator for dramatic talent. See www.theactingcompany.org for background both 
about the troupe and about its current season. Reservations for this spring's Pace shows can be made by 
phone at 866-811-4111; to obtain discounts, specify code GUILD49. To order online, visit 
www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/773815/prm/Guild49 for MERCHANT, and 
www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/773795/prm/Guild49 for COMEDY.

MONDAY, MARCH 21, at 8:00 p.m.
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York
Guild Members $25, Others $30

What was it like to spend an afternoon at the Globe in Shakespeare's time? How long did it take to 
present a tragedy like Othello? What kind of ancillary entertainment accompanied the main event? And why 
do printed versions of many titles include material that probably didn't make it into performances? These 
are among the questions that MICHAEL J. HIRREL addresses in a Shakespeare Quarterly article that has 
prompted wide debate. Unlike most contributors to journals like SQ and the Review of English Studies, Mr. 
Hirrel is not associated with an academic institution.  No, he's a Washington-based lawyer who handles 
antitrust issues for the federal government. He's now completing a book about Thomas Kyd's lost Hamlet, a 
play that Shakespeare is likely to have drawn upon for his own work of the same name.

For more about these and other SHAKESPEARE GUILD offerings, including details about reserving space, 
click on the link below and visit the Current Events page. 

John F. Andrews
5B Calle San Martin
Santa Fe, NM 87506 
Phone 505 988 9560 

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