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An Evening with Barry Edelstein
At 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, the GUILD hosted an engaging SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE dialogue with Barry Edelstein, a Rhodes Scholar who has taught at Juilliard, NYU, and USC, and who now supervises the Shakespeare Lab, a conservatory at the Public Theater. During a wide-ranging conversation with the GUILD’s John Andrews, Mr. Edelstein discussed two recent publications, Thinking Shakespeare (commended by New York magazine as “a must-read for actors”) and Bardisms: Shakespeare for all Occasions. Both of these books were available at a discount for purchase and inscription by the author.

A talented director who has produced nearly half of the playwright’s dramas and worked with such eminent performers as Bill Irwin, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Roger Rees, and Uma Thurman, Mr. Edelstein recalled some of the shows he’s given us in such venues as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Classic Stage Company, an ensemble he headed for several years. He also previewed the two Public Theater attractions that will be presented, with a single illustrious cast appearing in repertory, during the summer of 2010 in Central Park's Delacorte Theater: The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale.

Admission to this event was $25 for members of either the SHAKESPEARE GUILD or the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION and $30 for non-members. Visit our Membership page for types of affiliation with the GUILD. Once there you will find a link to a page that will enable you to enroll as a constituent, book for programs, or do both.