Report on ISE from Coordinating Editor


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.174  Friday, 27 April 2012


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

Date:         April 26, 2012 2:36:30 PM EDT

Subject:     Report on ISE from Coordinating Editor


[Editor’s Note: With permission from Michael Best I have created this report on the Internet Shakespeare Editions that Professor Best delivered to the editors at the annual breakfast meeting. -Hardy ]


Professor Best began by welcoming editors and advisory board members from our sibling organizations, the Queen’s Men Editions (QME) and Digital Renaissance Editions (DRE). Professor Best also welcomed Janelle Jenstad, now both an editor (The Merchant of Venice) and Assistant Coordinating Editor.


Professor Best had communicated most of this year’s news in advance by email but was able to add three additional announcements.


1. The ISE now has a formal agreement with UVic’s University Libraries to supplement the earlier agreement with the university as a whole. The effect of the agreement is to give the ISE a physical home, and support for future fundraising activities.


2. Roberta Livingstone (ISE) and Marjorie Mather (Broadview) are planning a celebratory launch of our joint publications at the next meeting of the SAA, in Toronto.


3. Thanks to the effective networking of Brett Hirsch, we will have access to digitized copies of early works held in the excellent collection of the Boston Public Library.


Professor Best also discussed the fundraising campaign that has just been launched, “Making Waves” (a title inspired by our logo). The campaign is directed by Roberta Livingstone and is aimed at university libraries; those attending the breakfast were provided with a copy of our brochure, and the covering letter to librarians. Those unable to attend will find the information—and copies of the materials—online: 


Janelle Jenstad introduced herself, and outlined the responsibilities she is assuming as Assistant Coordinating Editor. Her focus will be on two areas of the site: performance, where she will be working with Alex Huang, our Performance Editor, and the section on the Life and Times. She invited all editors to review sections of the Life and Times which deal with topics related to the plays they are editing, and to forward suggestions for improvements and enhancements.


Helen Ostovich summarized the current state of the QME site: King Leir is complete, four other plays up in old-spelling, with modern versions on the way, and a further two plays under way. Eleven plays in total have been commissioned.


Brett Hirsch announced that the new site is up and running on the ISE servers, with the DRE “skin” (the appearance of the website) in place. He plans to launch the site officially at the 2013 SAA in Toronto, by which time he expects that there will be some six plays online.


Michael Best

Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions


Department of English, University of Victoria

Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada. 

Early Modern Women Journal Move

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.173  Friday, 27 April 2012

From:        Early Modern Women Journal <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 25, 2012 3:10:43 PM EDT

Subject:     Early Modern Women Journal Move


As of June 1, 2011, the editorial offices for the Early Modern Women Journal have moved to University of Miami, and subscription management has moved to Arizona State University.



Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, Anne Cruz, Professor of Spanish, and Mary Lindemann, Professor of History, all of the University of Miami, Coral Gables will assume editorship of the Journal, beginning June 1, 2011.


All submissions should now be sent to:

  • Mihoko Suzuki
  • Director, Center for the Humanities
  • PO BOX 248292
  • University of Miami
  • Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • 305-284-5623, 1557 (office)
  • 305-284-1580 (Center)
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the new journal website:



Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has taken over publication of the annual Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. ACMRS has now assumed all managing editing responsibilities including subscription records and bookkeeping. 


For subscription inquiries, please contact:

  • William Gentrup, PhD
  • Assistant Director
  • ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
  • Arizona State University
  • Box 874402
  • Tempe, AZ 85287-4402

Ph: 480-965-4661 | Fax: 480-965-1681 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.172  Friday, 27 April 2012


From:        Hardy Cook <editor@shaksper,net>

Date:         April 25, 2012 4:42:44 PM EDT

Subject:    CSC’s Most Romantic Summer


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company


It’s another fun-filled, romantic summer of classics! This year, we’re producing what may be Shakespeare's most famous play—Romeo and Juliet. The production will combine a Renaissance world with modern performance poetry to create a unique theatrical experience, directed by CSC’s Jenny Leopold. In addition, CSC offers a sparkling version of Jane Austen's witty and beloved romance, Pride and Prejudice directed by international theatre artist Isabelle Anderson. Tickets are on sale now, and remember, kids 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.




Come see your favorite or come see both (two show package is only $54). Bring your kids on family-friendly Sundays or bring a date for a romantic evening on Fun Formal Fridays or come on any day for a great evening of outdoor theater from Maryland’s leading classics theater.




Chesapeake Shakespeare Company-in-the-Ruins is not your typical theater experience. We promise NEVER to tell you not to unwrap your candies during the show! Instead, we think of your experience at the Ruins as a theater party. You can rent an intimate table for two or reserve a whole picnic table for a big group—as long as you make it fun.

 Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful park, bring your kids or friends, bring a bottle of wine. We open the gates 90 minutes before show-time for this purpose and so that you can watch The Show Before the Show which will feature musicians, poets, dress-up stations, and 1800s games. This year, due to popular demand, we've added more talk-back sessions before and after the show—we call them CSC: Extended Versions. We’ve also got a special weekend devoted to Poetry Out Loud and another to Jane Austen.


People from all over the Baltimore-Washington region along with northern Virginians and southern Pennsylvanians are making Chesapeake Shakespeare in the Ruins a yearly tradition. We hope you will too!



Romeo and Juliet


Pride & Prejudice

June 8 - July 29, 2012


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 6 p.m.

Ticket Information

  • Adults: $36
  • Special Thursday Adult Rate: $29
  • Seniors: $29
  • Special rate for students under 25 for Thursdays and Fridays: $15
  • Children 18 and under: FREE (limit two per paying adult)
  • Two Show Package: $54 (pre-orders only)
  • Friday Tables For Two: $30; Picnic Tables: $60

Group Tickets: 410-313-8661

All ticket service fees are included in price


Extended version dates to come

Poetry Out Loud Weekend June 15-18

Jane Austen Weekend June 22-24


Performances held outdoors at the

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

overlooking Historic Ellicott City

Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.171  Friday, 27 April 2012


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

Date:         Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:17 PM

Subject:     Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing


One of the odder vanity productions I know about is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. We have known that this was to be filmed for some time, but photography is apparently complete according to this New York Times article on Whedon’s The Avengers. The link to the entire article is here:


The paragraph referencing the Shakespeare film is, “In characteristic Whedon-esque style he took about two weeks after finishing principal photography on “The Avengers” to shoot a film version of “Much Ado About Nothing” at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.  


The direct link to the film website is:


The PDF press release is here:


I’m not optimistic that the film will go into general release, but it may well turn up on the web at some point.


All the best, 

Mike Jensen

I, Iago by Nicole Galland


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.170  Friday, 27 April 2012


From:        Kennedy, Kaitlyn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:        April 24, 2012 9:48:40 AM EDT

Subject:     I, Iago by Nicole Galland 


I, IAGO (William Morrow Paperback Original; 978-0062026873; $14.99; April 24, 2012) is a retelling of Shakespeare’s classic Othello and features literature’s most infamous villain: Iago. But despite Iago’s leading role and almost incessant chatter throughout the play, he becomes suddenly silent near the end leaving generations guessing as to why he committed such heinous crimes. Now just in time for Shakespeare’s birthday, Nicole Galland’s meticulously researched reveals the true motivations behind the character whose name has become synonymous with evil. 


Iago’s childhood days are filled with mischief and adventures as he navigates a magical Venice with his naive best friend and partner-in-crime Roderigo. But in a world where duplicity is revered, Iago quickly earns the insulting nickname “honest Iago.” When his father forces Iago to enroll in the military, his life is changed—his friendship with Roderigo dissolves and he meets and falls hopelessly in love with the witty and charming Emilia during Carnivale.


A successful young soldier and adoring husband to Emilia, Iago’s desire to rise in rank and good regard under the command of General Othello informs his actions and begins to cloud his thinking. Gradually, Galland introduces all of the celebrated characters Shakespeare lovers know well—from Roderigo and Othello to Desdemona and Cassio—and in a fascinating manner, we learn about Iago’s intricate relationships and dynamics with each of them. Nicole says, “When creating the characters in I, IAGO, I relied on information in the original Othello text. Although the play appears to be about innocent people being tragically duped and destroyed by the villain, a closer look reveals that there are few real innocents in this story.”


Historical fiction at its finest, I, IAGO proves to be the perfect blend of romance, humor, power, irony, and ultimately, betrayal.

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