The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0308  Sunday, 20 November 2011


From:         John F Andrews <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 18:25:45 -0700

Subject:      Shakespeare Guild News


A couple of weeks ago the Shakespeare Guild launched its 2011-12 season with a broad-ranging conversation at The Players, a historic Gramercy Park institution that was founded by actor Edwin Booth. Our special guest was JOHN MILLER, a producer, biographer, and interviewer who has worked with and written about such artists as Dame Judi Dench, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Sir Peter Ustinov.


THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD invites you to welcome the holiday season with plays that will put you in a festive mood. One of them is in the Nation’s Capital, where the SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY is preparing a lively MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The other is FIASCO THEATER’S revival of CYMBELINE on Barrow Street in the West Village. 



Through Sunday, January 1  

Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street (at 7th Avenue)


Discounted Tickets at $49.50 (Regularly $75)


The award-winning producers of Our Town, August: Osage County, Othello, and last season’s Merchant of Venice have teamed up to present Fiasco Theater’s CYMBELINE, a New York Times Critics Pick, for an 18-week engagement under the auspices of Theatre for a New Audience. That stellar company has just opened a second show, FRAGMENTS, directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne from texts by Samuel Beckett, in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center (visit www.tfana.org for details), and it is now reviving a late Shakespearean romance that garnered critical plaudits last season when it opened at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street. CYMBELINE is directed by NOAH BRODY and BEN STEINFELD, and it is performed by six remarkable actors (Jesse Austrian, Noah Brody, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Ben Steinfeld, and Emily Young) who create magic on a bare stage with minimal sets and costumes. The New Yorker describes it as “a playful and inspired work of art,” and the New York Post extols a “charming production” that “makes crystal clear the endlessly convoluted plot developments” of one of Shakespeare’s most rarely performed works. To order tickets at the discounted rate, visit www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=CYM6 or call 212-868-4444, citing code TFA495.



November 25 – January 1  

Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW in Washington


Discounts of at Least 20% for Groups of 10 or More


Set on a 1930s sugar plantation in sultry Cuba, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s upcoming MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING promises to be a delightful escape from any doldrums that may have blown in with the early-winter cold. Everyone in the Messina of Shakespeare’s play can see that Beatrice and Benedick are meant for each other except for the witty couple themselves. So the newly betrothed Hero and Claudio join a conspiracy to trick them into acknowledging their true feelings. Meanwhile, a bitter Don John schemes to persuade a naïve bridegroom that his beloved has compromised her honor. Touted by The Washingtonian as “one of the hottest directors” in America, ETHAN MCSWEENY directs one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies. The STC sales office will be happy to help you book great seats. For individual tickets, go to www.shakespearetheatre.org/tickets/index.aspx. For discounted group sales, call 202 546 1122, and select Option 6, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


John F. Andrews



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