We're delighted to announce that our latest GIELGUD AWARD recipient is Vanessa Redgrave, a legendary artist who recently completed an extraordinary performance as Queen Margaret in Almeida Theatre's acclaimed Richard III. Our 2016 festivities were among the highlights of a UK Theatre Awards luncheon that took place Sunday, October 9, in London's historic Guildhall. For details about a memorable occasion, click here.
A few weeks later, during a presentation that served as prelude for a Dream production to be mounted a few months hence in August of 2017, we co-sponsored The Poet's Eye, a medley of Shakespearean music and verse that helped dedicate a magic circle at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, a new space that evokes such noted predecessors as classical Greek amphitheaters, the "Wooden O" of Shakespeare's Globe, and the Zia sun symbol that adorns the state flag of New Mexico.
Our next engagement in La Tierra Encantada, to occur on Friday, February 24, will be Shakespeare at San Miguel, a co-production with Severall Friends (an ensemble that brings early music to the high desert), and it will take place in a historic chapel that dates from the playwright's lifetime.
We launched the Guild's 2016-17 SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE series on Wednesday, September 14, with a remarkable brother-sister act. One of our most popular SOS guests in recent years has been Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker. Many of Adam's admirers were unaware that his sister Alison, who teaches psychology and philosophy at Berkeley, is also a distinguished author. So it was a pleasure to focus this discussion on Alison's new book about the role of play in childhood development, a preview of which had just appeared in the New York Times.
SOS resumed with NYU's Louis Scheeder on Wednesday, October 5, and continued on Wednesday, January 18, with Professor Jean E. Howard of Columbia University. Next up will be a program on Wednesday, February 22, with another highly regarded Tisch faculty member, Shane Ann Younts. Looking ahead, we've arranged conversations for Wednesday, March 22, with Sarah Enloe, who oversees educational programs at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia; for Wednesday, April 26, with Samuel Crowl of Ohio University, whose many publications include a seminal article about Orson Welles's "Chimes at Midnight"; for Thursday, May 25, with arts patron Nancy Zeckendorf, who divides her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe; and for Monday, June 12, with Julian Bird, chief executive of both the Society of London Theatre (which presents the West End's Olivier Awards each spring and works closely with those who produce Broadway's Tony Awards), and the UK Theatre association (which hosts a nationwide awards ceremony each autumn).
One of our spring highlights will be a follow-up engagement with director Karin Coonrod, who will tell us about responses to her historic production of "The Merchant in Venice" in the original Ghetto. This gathering, to take place on Thursday, April 27, at the New York headquarters of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, will be a sequel to Ms. Coonrod's March 28 conversation with Mr. Andrews, and it will focus not only on the production and the context that gave rise to it, but on a symposium that preceded the July 27th performance, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presiding over deliberations that included remarks by F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Greenblatt, and James Shapiro and were covered by the New York Times.
For information about the first half of our 2015-16 season, which featured programs with John Lahr and James Shapiro, click here; for links to highlights of previous seasons, click here.
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