Subterranean Shakespeare—FOLKSPEARE Press release

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.179  Monday, 7 May 2012

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

Date:         April 29, 2012 2:24:49 AM EDT

Subject:     Subterranean Shakespeare—FOLKSPEARE Press release




Press release April 23, 2012




Written by JUNE LEVINE 



When songwriter June Levine was four years old her parents read aloud Lamb’s “Tales from Shakespeare”.  Innocently she began making attempts to create songs about the plays.  Her parents were so shocked they immediately taught her to read.  Cut to April 1962 June now thirty years old, loved folk music.  She decided to write some folk songs based on the plays of Shakespeare.  The first song was Julius Caesar.  As the years went by she continued to write more songs and along the way she received a degree in 18th Century English literature.  In 2001 she and her husband Gene Gordon who also is a great lover of The Bard started The Rossmoor Shakespeare Society.  In 2010 they attended a staged reading presented by Subterranean Shakespeare as a part of a festival of the whole Shakespeare canon.  She purchased a copy of Sub Shakes CD SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST HITS  She liked it so much she bought twelve more copies to give out to members of the Shakespeare Society.  She also commissioned Geoffrey Pond (artistic director for Sub Shakes) to produce a CD based on her song book Folkspeare, now at twenty two songs.  Featuring Sub Shakes house band THE RUDE MECHANICALS.  After over two years in the studio, on Shakespeare's birthday April 23, 2012 the CDFOLKSPEARE: SHAKSPEARE IN A NUTSHELL was released.  Fifty years to the month after she had first written Julius Caesar.  Subterranean Shakespeare Theater is so proud of the effort that they are now in a workshop directed by Geoffrey Pond in preparation to bring many of the songs to the stage in a musical revue called SHAKESPEARE!  THE MUSICAL. To be presented in a theater tbd in San Francisco late 2012 or early 2013. The Rude Mechanicals are Lori Higa, Kevin Moore, Geoffrey Pond, Cindy Weyuker.


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Year of Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.178  Monday, 7 May 2012

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

Date:         April 30, 2012 6:16:39 AM EDT

Subject:     Year of Shakespeare


Dear friends,


We’d like to invite you to visit our new interactive website, which launched last week:


As some of you may know, this summer the UK is staging a six-month celebration of Shakespeare called the World Shakespeare Festival. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, developed by major institutional partners such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Museum, and funded through public and private initiatives related to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the WSF announces itself as ‘a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright’ and brings together work from over 50 arts organizations from across the globe.


In an attempt to document and discuss the performances and ideas emerging from the WSF, the Shakespeare Institute, the University of Warwick, and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have created, which is an interactive, digital project that will include reviews of each of the productions; special features from academics, artists, and educators involved in the festivities; and space for interested readers from across the world to comment on and discuss ideas arising from the WSF. The central aims of our project, which is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, are to open up debate about the role of Shakespeare in global culture and to broaden the discussion about what constitutes a ‘successful’ intercultural performance.


We’d like to invite you to participate in our project by visiting and reading more about what’s happening in the WSF and what our team of researchers is making of it. You’ll already find reviews of the Globe’s South African Venus and Adonis, Russian Measure for Measure, and Kenyan Merry Wives, as well as the RSC's Comedy of Errors and Tempest. New reviews are coming in almost everyday, so it's worth checking in frequently.

We’d also like to invite you to contribute some of your own thoughts about global Shakespeare, whether in response to a WSF performance you’ve seen or more broadly in response to some of the issues arising in the discussion forum and on Twitter (#WSF2012 and #G2G). There’s space following every review for comments and discussion, so please do get involved! The project aims to gather thoughts from those outside of the UK as well as inside it, so please let us know what you think about the idea of a Hip Hop Othello, of Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, or a Shakespeare-inspired Aztec history cycle.

Finally, please also share our website with any friends, colleagues, students, or listserv members that you think might also be interested – as mentioned, we’re aiming for as broad a discussion as possible, so all opinions and perspectives are heartily welcomed!

Looking forward to continuing the discussion online…


All the best,
Erin Sullivan, Paul Prescott, and Paul Edmondson (Project Leaders)


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