The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0412  Monday, 15 October 2012


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

Date:         October 15, 2012 10:20:26 AM EDT

Subject:     Speaking of Shakespeare with Irene Dash, Nagle Jackson, and James Shapiro


Speaking of Shakespeare


After a memorable conversation on Monday, September 17, with JOHN LAHR, senior theatre critic for the New Yorker magazine, The Shakespeare Guild is pleased to announce three upcoming programs that will continue its focus on the classical tradition in the dramatic arts.


On Monday, October 22, we’ll enjoy a fresh look at Shakespeare and the American Musical with Hunter College’s IRENE DASH, a scholar who has given us pioneering studies of gender roles in early-modern culture. 


On Monday, November 19, we’ll talk with NAGLE JACKSON, an actor, director, and playwright who has earned renown for his work on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in such settings as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.


On Monday, December 17, we’ll be treated to a preview of The King and the Playwright, a new BBC documentary for which Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO has been nominated to receive a major television award in the United Kingdom.


All three gatherings are open to the public and free of charge and will commence at 7:30 p.m. at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB (15 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan.   


Looking ahead, we’ll soon be announcing plans for a special GIELGUD AWARD gala to take place on Sunday, April 14, at the GIELGUD THEATRE in London. This 90-minute benefit will feature many of the luminaries who participated in the Guild’s April 2004 GIELGUD CENTENARY GALA, which occurred in the same venue and which was co-sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Our April 2013 presentation will honor three eminent artists, and it will pay tribute not only to the legacy of Sir John but to that of the playwright he did so much to keep vibrant for modern audiences.


Shakespeare and the American Musical


Monday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m.   

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

No Charge, but Reservations Advised


Have you ever wondered how a poet whose 450th birthday is less than two years away continues to supply material for films, TV screenplays, Broadway hits, and other forms of popular entertainment? If so, you’ll want to join us for a chat with Hunter College’s IRENE DASH, who’ll talk about Shakespeare and the American Musical, copies of which will be on hand for purchase and inscription. Russell Jackson, a consultant for several of Kenneth Branagh’s cinemas, has praised Professor Dash’s new book for its “lively and expert understanding of the theatrical medium” and for its “thorough and scholarly” grounding in plays that have inspired classics like Kiss Me, Kate and West Side Story. A pioneer in early-modern gender studies, Irene Dash is widely admired for such groundbreaking volumes as Wooing, Wedding, and Power: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays (1981) and Women’s Worlds in Shakespeare’s Plays (1997). 


A Conversation with Director Nagle Jackson


Monday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m.   

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

No Charge, but Reservations Advised


Not only has he earned acclaim on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in other settings around the nation; NAGLE JACKSON was the first American to be invited to direct in the Soviet Union. As a producer he has enjoyed lengthy artistic directorships at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (1970-76) and at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre (1979-90), which has been recognized with a regional-theatre Tony Award. He has seven productions to his credit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, along with shows in such settings as the Hartford Stage Company, the Seattle Repertory Company, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. Mr. Jackson is also a dramatist and actor, and his roles have included Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale), Bertram (All’s Well That Ends Well), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Feste (Twelfth Night), Lucio (Measure for Measure), and Octavius (Antony and Cleopatra).


James Shapiro’s BBC Series on Shakespeare


Monday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m.    

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

No Charge, but Reservations Advised


As the author of such award-winning volumes as Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), Columbia University’s JAMES SHAPIRO has established himself as one of today’s most prominent scholars and reviewers, with frequent appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and other television and radio programs, and with numerous articles in periodicals such as the New York Times. On this occasion he’ll preview a riveting segment from his latest endeavor, a three-hour BBC documentary, The King and the Playwright, which has been shortlisted for a major TV award in the UK. After Mr. Shapiro screens his fascinating account of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot against James I and his court, and its impact on the chief dramatist for the theatrical company that profited from the monarch’s own patronage, he and the Guild’s John Andrews will join the audience for an engaging discussion of the episode.


For additional detail about these and other offerings, and for information about membership in The Shakespeare Guild, visit the website below or contact


John F. Andrews

The Shakespeare Guild

5B Calle San Martin       

Santa Fe, NM 87506


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