The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0446  Thursday, 12 September 2013


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

Date:         September 11, 2013 9:31:22 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Guild Programs


Speaking of Shakespeare with Zoe Caldwell


Monday, September 23

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan

Reservations Requested


The Shakespeare Guild is delighted to open its 2013-14 season in New York with a stage legend. In Terrence McNally’s Master Class, a 1995 drama in which she offered “not so much an impersonation of Maria Calls as a re-creation of her aura: Imperious, fiery, remote, egomaniacal, bigger-than-life” (Chicago Tribune ), Zoe Caldwell earned her fourth Tony Award and inspired a New York Times profile (accompanied by an inimitable Al Hirschfeld portrayal) in which she and her husband, producer Robert Whitehead, were hailed as “Mr. and Mrs. Broadway.” Ms Caldwell has worked with such immortals as Judith Anderson, Tyrone Guthrie, Charles Laughton, and Paul Robeson. She has also directed some of the most esteemed actors in the profession, among them Glenda Jackson, James Earl Jones, and Christopher Plummer. She’s now at work on a sequel to I Will Be Cleopatra, a charming memoir about her childhood in Australia, and in a conversation that will include her son and manager, Charlie Whitehead, she’ll share some of the highlights of a career that has been both stellar and extraordinarily versatile. 



A Warm Salute to Theatre for a New Audience


Thursday, November 21

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan

Reservations Requested


Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, and chaired for most of its distinguished history by Theodore C. Rogers, Theatre for a New Audience has earned dozens of honors and provided a congenial setting for directors like Peter Brook, Peter Hall, and Bartlett Sher, and for actors such as Kathleen Chalfant, Mark Rylance, and John Douglas Thompson. It was the first American company to perform a Bardic classic in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and its rendering of The Merchant of Venice, with F. Murray Abraham as Shylock, was featured in the RSC’s recent Complete Works Festival. Two Julie Taymor films, Titus and The Tempest, evolved from productions at Theatre for a New Audience, and in November Ms. Taymor’s long-anticipated production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will inaugurate its sparkling new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Please join us for a celebratory toast to Jeffrey Horowitz and Ted Rogers.   




A Memorable Evening with Adam Gopnik


Friday, November 22

The Players, 16 Gramercy Park in Manhattan

Admission $25


Best known, perhaps, for Paris to the Moon, a touching account of the years that he and his family spent in the City of Light, Adam Gopnik has also enriched our lives with Americans in Paris, an anthology of New World responses to the French capital, and The Table Comes First: France, Family, and the Meaning of Food, a volume that has been lauded in the Dining section of the New York Times and is now being adapted for the theatre. Another of Mr. Gopnik’s publications, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life, derives its title from a New Yorker article about conflicting accounts of Edwin M. Stanton’s famous eulogy as America’s 16th President expired from a wound that had been inflicted a few hours earlier in Ford’s Theatre. For this gathering, which will take place in the final home of actor Edwin Booth, the older brother of Lincoln’s assassin, Mr. Gopnik will join the Guild’s John Andrews in a conversation that will include reflections about the 50th anniversary of a more recent tragedy, with allusions to such classics as Julius CaesarHamlet, and Macbeth.



For details about these and related offerings, visit www.shakesguild.org. To secure reservations, send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 505-988-9560.


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