Speaking of Shakespeare Link

Speaking of Shakespeare
The Guild's next engagement will be a SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE program at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 29, in Manhattan's NATIONAL ARTS CLUB (15 Gramercy Park South). This conversation will focus on the efforts of STEPHEN BURDMAN, founder and artistic director of the New York Classical Theatre. Three days later, as part of a February 1 luncheon gathering at the WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB in Washington, we'll talk with actor and director KEITH BAXTER, who'll be playing the Gravedigger in a production of Hamlet that Michael Kahn will be directing as part of his concluding season at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. We'll then return to the NAC on Wednesday, February 28, for a memorable evening with the original Dirty Dancing dancer: filmmaker and theater producer ELEANOR BERGSTEIN.

We opened our 2017 Speaking of Shakespeare programming at the National Arts Club on January 18 and February 22 with Jean E. Howard of Columbia University and Shane Ann Younts of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A few weeks later, on March 22, we chatted with Sarah Enloe of the American Shakespeare Center. On April 26 and 27 we enjoyed richly informative engagements with film historian Samuel Crowl and director Karin Coonrod. Our dialogue with Ms. Coonrod was a sequel to a March 2016 conversation that focused on a historic July 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice. We revisited not only the performance itself, but a timely symposium (with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presiding over deliberations that featured F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Greenblatt, and James Shapiro) that was covered by the New York Times. The following month, on Thursday, May 25, we put the spotlight on arts patron Nancy Zeckendorf.

On June 12 we SOS talked with arts executive Julian Bird. Mr. Bird oversees both the Society of London Theatre, the producers' organization that presents the West End's Olivier Awards each spring, and UK Theatre, a consortium, formerly known as the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), which represents performing-arts institutions throughout the United Kingdom. UK Theatre now hosts the Guild's annual Gielgud Award festivities, at an October luncheon in London's historic Guildhall, where we recently honored playwright Sir David Hare with our 2017 trophy.

After an eventful summer interval in Santa Fe, we returned to Manhattan on Friday, October 6, for an NAC program with educator Joanna Read, who heads the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). A few days later, on Wednesday, October 18, we treated our New York constituents to a delightful evening with Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks. Then on Monday, November 6, we chatted with WNET executive Stephen Segaller, who offered a sneak preview of this spring's attractions in a series called Shakespeare Uncovered, a three-year, 18-episode co-production with the BBC that provides scintillating introductions to some of the most popular plays in the dramatic repertory.

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Meanwhile, for background on the Guild's signature Speaking of Shakespeare series, which began in 1998 at the National Press Club in Washington, click here. For details about offerings that have been presented in various seasons, click on the blue link for the year that interests you: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. And for information about upcoming programs, visit our Current Events page.